Prince Philip: Duke of Edinburgh, 99, transferred to St Bartholomew's Hospital in an ambulance for tests on pre-existing heart condition

The Duke of Edinburgh – who is being treated for an infection – has been transferred from King Edward VII’s hospital to St Bartholomew’s Hospital in an ambulance.

Police officers stand guard outside the St Bartholomew's Hospital where Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh is currently receiving treatment

Buckingham Palace said: “The Duke of Edinburgh was today transferred from King Edward VII’s Hospital to St Bartholomew’s Hospital where doctors will continue to treat him for an infection, as well as undertake testing and observation for a pre-existing heart condition.

“The Duke remains comfortable and is responding to treatment but is expected to remain in hospital until at least the end of the week.”

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Philip has spent 13 nights being treated for an infection – his longest stay in hospital. In June 2013, he spent 11 days in hospital after surgery on his abdomen.

The duke, who is three months away from his 100th birthday, was initially admitted nearly two weeks ago for a few days as a precautionary measure after feeling unwell.

Last Tuesday, the Earl of Wessex said Philip was “a lot better” when it was announced the duke would spend several more days in hospital being treated for the infection.

Edward said his father was “looking forward to getting out” and the family were keeping their “fingers crossed”.

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