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Queen's husband ill in hospital, misses jubilee finale

posted 5 Jun 2012, 06:27 by Mpelembe   [ updated 5 Jun 2012, 06:28 ]

Britain's Queen Elizabeth makes solo appearance on final day of her jubilee celebrations as her husband Prince Philip recovers from a bladder infection in hospital.

LONDON, ENGLAND, UNITED KINDOM (JUNE 5, 2012) (ITN) - Queen Elizabeth's husband Prince Philip missed the fourth and final day of her Diamond Jubilee celebrations on Tuesday (May 5) as he recovered from a bladder infection at a London hospital.

The 90-year-old royal consort, who was taken ill on Monday (May 4), will be kept under observation for a few days in a move the palace said was "precautionary", but takes some of the gloss of what is widely seen as a triumphant jubilee that has cemented the queen's popularity.

Millions have attended street parties and festivities, watched a spectacular 1,000-vessel pageant on the River Thames in London on Sunday (May 3) and a concert in front of Buckingham Palace on Monday, all held in honour of Elizabeth II, the only British monarch other than Queen Victoria to have reigned for 60 years.

With Philip absent, the queen will lead a horse-drawn carriage procession back to Buckingham Palace in a 1902 State Landau with heir-to-the-throne Prince Charles and his wife Camilla as military bands play and a 60-gun salute is fired.

The Duke of Edinburgh may have been more likely to have developed his bladder infection because of the conditions during Sunday's Diamond Jubilee Pageant, experts have said.