PRINCE PHILIP UNDERGOES EMERGENCY SURGERY FOR CHEST PAINS, IS VISITED AT HOSPITAL BY MEMBERS OF THE ROYAL FAMILY

Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, the 90-year-old husband of Queen Elizabeth II, was hospitalized on December 23 , 2011, and underwent emergency surgery after having suffered chest pains while on Christmas break at the royal family’s estate of Sandringham in Norfolk.  He was rushed by helicopter to Papworth Hospital in Cambridgeshire where a “minimally invasive procedure of coronary stenting” was performed on the duke in order to treat a blocked coronary artery.  Prince Philip reportedly had a good night and is expected to remain in hospital for observation.  On Christmas Eve, the prince was visited by Queen Elizabeth II, and his children, the Princess Royal, the Duke of York, the Earl of Wessex and the Prince of Wales, along with Prince Charles’s wife, the Duchess of Cornwall.  The Queen traveled by helicopter to and from the Sandringham estate.  Buckingham Palace reported that the Duke of Edinburgh is “in good spirits, but he is eager to leave.”

Papworth Hospital, in Cambridgeshire, where the Duke of Edinburgh was rushed for emergency heart surgery on December 23, 2011 (photo: Getty Images)

Charles, Prince of Wales and his wife, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall visit Prince Philip at hospital, December 24, 2011 (photo: Getty Images)

Queen Elizabeth II and her youngest child, Edward, Earl of Wessex at Papworth Hospital, Cambridgeshire, December 24, 2011 (photo: PA/The Daily Mail)

The Queen and her daughter, the Princess Royal, visit Prince Philip, December 24, 2011 (photo: PA/The Daily Mail)

Queen Elizabeth, accompanied by her daughter, the Princess Royal, and son, the Earl of Wessex, walks to board a helicopter to take her back to Sandringham, December 24, 2011 (photo: PA/The Daily Mail)

Prince Philip, in a photograph taken last month, is recuperating from emergency heart surgery, December 24, 2011 (photo: Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

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