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Prince Philip Hospitalized After Suffering Chest Pains

Celebrity News Dec. 23, 2011 AT 5:07PM
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Queen Elizabeth's husband, Prince Philip, was hospitalized Friday evening after experiencing chest pains, a Palace spokesman told the BBC.

The Duke of Edinburgh, 90, was taken from the queen's Sandringham estate to a cardiothoracic united at Papworth Hospital for "precautionary tests."

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According to the BBC, it remained unclear whether Philip will stay overnight.

He was last hospitalized in April 2008, when he spent three days being treated for a chest infection. 

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Former press secretary to the Queen, Dickie Aribiter, told the BBC: "He has had these chest pains before and I don't think it's anything untoward, but given his age they are being safe rather than sorry.

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The royal family, including Prince William and Duchess Kate, are planning to spend Christmas at the 85-year-old Queen's Sandringham estate. 

Pippa, 28, is expected to join them on Boxing Day (Dec. 26), before the trio travels to the Middleton family's home in Bucklebury.

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