Duke of Edinburgh's condition 'considerably improved'Reported by Metro.co.uk on Wednesday, 6 June 2012 (on June 6, 2012)
*Buckingham Palace has said Prince Philip's condition in hospital has 'improved considerably' after the 90-year-old was forced to miss the conclusion of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee celebrations with a bladder infection.*
The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh took part in Sunday's Thames pageant in dreadful weather conditions (Picture: AFP/Getty)
Despite his improved condition, the Duke of Edinburgh will remain in King Edward VII hospital in London for the next few days as a precaution, the Palace added.
'The treatment of his infection continues with antibiotics,' a spokesman said.
'He is likely to remain in hospital over the next few days. He is in good spirits.'
The Duke was too ill to attend Monday's star-studded concert on the Mall and also missed yesterday's finale to four days of events.
In Prince Philip's place, the Queen travelled to St Paul's Cathedral with Lady Farnham, one of her ladies-in-waiting, and sat next to Prince Charles during the national service of thanksgiving.
In the subsequent carriage procession the Queen travelled with her eldest son and the Duchess of Cornwall, while the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry joined her on the balcony of Buckingham Palace for the flypast and rifle salute.
Last night the Earl and Countess of Wessex said the Duke of Edinburgh was 'getting better' and 'in good spirits' after visiting him in hospital.
During Monday's concert the Prince of Wales addressed the crowd about his father's health.
'The only sad thing about this evening is that my father cannot be here with us because unfortunately he's been taken unwell,' the prince said.
'Ladies and gentlemen, if we shout loud enough he might just hear us in hospital.'
The crowd subsequently stamped their feet and chanted: 'Philip, Philip'.
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