East Anglia: Duke misses annual Boxing Day shoot as remains in hospital following heart scare

UK: The Duke of Edinburgh missed the Royal Family’s annual Boxing Day shoot today as he remained in hospital following a heart scare.

Philip, 90, was admitted to Papworth Hospital near Huntingdon in Cambridgeshire on Friday night after complaining of chest pains.

He underwent treatment for a blocked coronary artery and was kept in hospital as a precaution.

The Duke had hoped to be discharged from hospital in time for today’s shoot, but was expected to remain in hospital for a fourth night tonight.

Despite the setback, he was said to be in good spirits.

A Buckingham Palace spokesman said: “The Duke of Edinburgh continues to make good progress from the procedure. He remains in hospital under observation and in good spirits.”

The Palace said there was no change this morning but added that the Duke had spent another “good night” at Papworth, which is a specialist heart hospital.

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Following tests, doctors discovered a blocked artery and he underwent a “minimally invasive procedure of coronary stenting”, which was declared a success, but he has been kept in so doctors can keep a close eye on his recovery.

This is the most serious health scare suffered by the Duke, who is known for being robust and active.

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