Prince Philip hospitalized for treatment of an infection

FILE - In this June 15, 2009, file photo, Britain's Prince Philip joins other members of the royal family in the procession of The Order of the Garter in Windsor, England. Australia is dumping the titles "knights" and "dames" again. Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull announced on Monday, Nov. 2, 2015, that the queen had agreed to an Australian Cabinet recommendation to remove knights and dames from the Order of Australia. The government had scratched the honorary titles, granted for public service, in 1986 as anachronisms. But former Prime Minister Tony Abbott revived them in 2014 during his time in office and was widely ridiculed for making Prince Philip, Queen Elizabeth II's husband, a knight on Australia's national day in 2015, instead of honoring a worthy Australian. (Leon Neal/Pool Photo via AP)

LONDON (AP) — Prince Philip has been admitted to a hospital for treatment of an infection and will not be able to attend the queen’s speech, Buckingham Palace said Wednesday.

Philip, Queen Elizabeth II’s husband, was admitted as a precautionary measure and is in good spirits, the palace said.

Philip, also known as the Duke of Edinburgh, is 96 and recently said he was stepping down from public events.

He has suffered heart ailments in the past. The palace said the infection is related to a pre-existing condition.

The queen is due to outline the government’s legislative agenda in her speech Wednesday. Prince Charles will attend in Philip’s place.

The palace said Philip is being treated at the King Edward VII Hospital in London after being admitted Tuesday night.

Queen Elizabeth II plans to attend the horse races at Royal Ascot on Wednesday afternoon, the palace said.

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