Prince Philip, the husband of Queen Elizabeth II, admitted to hospital

Royal was admitted as a precautionary measure on the advice of his doctor, Buckingham Palace said.
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Britain's Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, is the longest-serving consort in British history.Carl Court / AFP-Getty Images

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By Saphora Smith and Tony Brown

LONDON — Britain's Prince Philip was admitted to a London hospital Friday for "observation and treatment," Buckingham Palace has said in a statement.

The prince, who is Queen Elizabeth II's husband, was admitted as a precautionary measure in relation to a pre-existing condition on the advice of his doctor, the palace added.

It was a planned visit and the 98-year-old walked in for treatment, a spokesperson for the palace told NBC News, adding the queen remains at her Sandringham Estate in Norfolk.

The prince, who is is the longest-serving consort of any British monarch, is expected to remain in hospital for a few days, the spokesperson added.

He retired from public life earlier this year.