The Duke of Edinburgh has been admitted to hospital as a “precautionary measure”, Buckingham Palace has said.
Prince Philip travelled from the Queen’s Sandringham Estate in Norfolk to the King Edward VII Hospital in London on Friday morning.
In a statement, the palace said it was for observation and treatment in relation to a pre-existing condition on the advice of Prince Philip’s doctor.
He was not taken by ambulance and it was a planned admission.
The duke, 98, retired from public life in August 2017.
He spent decades supporting the Queen and attending events for his own charities and organisations.
Since retiring from official solo royal duties, he has appeared in public alongside the Queen and other members of the Royal Family at events and church services.
The duke has not been seen in public since attending Lady Gabriella Windsor’s wedding in May.
In the statement, the palace said: “The Duke of Edinburgh travelled from Norfolk this morning to the King Edward VII Hospital in London for observation and treatment in relation to a pre-existing condition.
“The admission is a precautionary measure, on the advice of His Royal Highness’ Doctor.”
The duke walked into hospital, BBC royal correspondent Nicholas Witchell said. He is expected to remain there for a few days.
It comes as the Queen arrived at her Sandringham Estate on Friday for the start of her Christmas break.
She was pictured stepping off the royal train at King’s Lynn railway station.
Last Christmas, Prince Philip missed the royals’ traditional Christmas Day trip to church but was said to be in good health.
He has received treatment for various health conditions over the years.
In 2011, he was treated for a blocked coronary artery. The following year, the prince suffered a bladder infection and was forced to miss the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee concert.
He was also hospitalised for an abdomen operation in 2013 and, in 2014, underwent surgery on his right hand.