Duke of Edinburgh ‘responding well to treatment’

THE Duke of Edinburgh was yesterday reported to be “responding well to treatment” as he prepared to spend a second night at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary.

The Duke had been rushed to hospital from Balmoral Castle following a flare up of the 
bladder infection he suffered in June.

It is understood that the Duke, 91, is being treated with antibiotics to fight the infection in a private room inside the main NHS hospital, where he is expected to remain for the next few days.

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A spokesman for Buckingham Palace announced shortly before 4pm yesterday: “The Duke of Edinburgh is responding well to treatment.

“It is unclear when he will be discharged, but he is likely to remain in hospital for a few more days.”

The brief statement from the palace followed a day of intense speculation about the health of the Duke, who has now been taken to hospital on three occasions within the past eight months.

A spokesman for NHS Grampian said: “No other patients have been clinically affected by the Duke of Edinburgh’s ­admission.”