Queen's private prayer for Prince Philip at St Paul's service of thanksgiving as Earl of Wessex says his father is 'getting better' and may even return home today
David Cameron says everyone is concerned about the Duke of Edinburgh's healthThe Prince is 'desperately upset' to miss the service of thanksgiving today, royal sources sayHe will stay for a few days in hospital as 'precautionary measure' after contracting bladder infectionQueen will be accompanied by lady in waiting in her car during procession through London laterShe will make an unprecedented public address to mark her Diamond Jubilee at 6pm tonight
Questions asked as to why the 90-year-old was allowed to stand in the rain for four hours at Thames River Pageant
Her Majesty will not visit him at King Edward VII hospital in London but will be kept informed of his progress
08:58 GMT, 6 June 2012
Emotional moment: Deprived of the reassuring presence of her husband Prince Philip, who is receiving treatment in hospital, Queen Elizabeth II wipes her eyes during the thanksgiving service at St Paul's Cathedral
It was held in her honour as the final formal part of her Diamond Jubilee celebrations. But the Queen's thoughts were very much with her husband as she sat through yesterday's service of thanksgiving at St Paul's Cathedral.
The monarch was seen in a moment of quiet reflection, no doubt worried about the health of Prince Philip, who was admitted to hospital with a bladder infection hours before Monday’s Diamond Jubilee Concert.
The Duke of Edinburgh last night spent a second night in hospital, but does appear to be improving.
Prince Edward said after visiting him yesterday that his father was feeling ‘much better’. He added that the Duke had watched the thanksgiving service at St Paul’s on television.
Buckingham Palace has declined to comment on his condition.
Prince Philip, who will celebrate his 91st birthday on Sunday, is being treated with antibiotics, and is not expected to be discharged from the King Edward VII Hospital in London until today at the earliest.
The Earl and Countess of Wessex visited the Duke with their children Louise and James.
their 25-minute visit, Edward said his father appeared to be making a
good recovery. ‘He’s feeling a lot better, he just needs some rest,’ he
He said the Queen was ‘bearing up’
but added: ‘She’s missing him, obviously.’ Edward’s wife, Sophie, said
the Duke was ‘naturally upset’ to miss the celebrations but added: ‘He’s
on good form. He is in good spirits.’
bladder infections are quite common in men of Prince Philip’s age,
doctors are monitoring him closely, not least because he had heart
surgery less than six months ago.
The Queen has continued with her public
Jubilee duties stoically despite her husband's ill health but is being
regularly updated on his condition.
Asked how his mother was coping,
Edward replied: 'She is bearing up but missing him, obviously. Thank you
very much for your concern. It is much appreciated.'
Prime Minister David Cameron said
today everyone is concerned about the health of the Duke after he was
taken to hospital with an infection.
Cameron said he was sure the Queen and the Duke would have gone ahead
with Sunday’s river pageant in torrential rain regardless of the risks
to their health after the day’s exertions – spending four hours on the
water – were blamed for his turn of ill-health.
to Sky News, Mr Cameron said: 'It was a most extraordinary spectacle
and obviously everyone is very concerned and worried and wants to know
that (the Duke) is going to be OK.
'The thing about our Royal Family is
that they are incredibly dedicated to what they do and they are
incredibly dedicated to doing it, no matter what the circumstances.
'I don’t know all the conversations
that took place but I would be pretty certain that Her Majesty and the
Duke of Edinburgh would have wanted to do what they did and would have
carried on doing it.'
Last night the Queen was visibly
moved as Prince Charles joked that the Duke of Edinburgh might hear the
Jubilee concert from his bed if the crowd shouted loud enough.
In a warm, emotional and often witty
speech in praise of his mother at the close of last night’s concert,
that appeared to make her lip quiver more than once, the
Prince of Wales said it was sad that the Duke of Edinburgh could not be
at the event after being taken unwell
Scroll down to hear from Prince Edward outside the hospital
Poignant: The Queen, accompanied by Prince
Philip for the River Pageant on Sunday, was on her own for
the Diamond Jubilee Concert outside Buckingham Palace after he was taken
to hospital suffering from a bladder infection
Unwell: Prince Philip waves during Sunday's pageant
Royal visit: Prince Edward arrives at the King Edward VII Hospital near Paddington, London, this afternoon to visit the Duke of Edinburgh who he said has been watching the Jubilee celebrations on the television
Royal departure: Sophie, The Countess of Wessex, and her son James, leave the hospital after visiting the Duke of Edinburgh this afternoon
ILLNESS THAT CAN MUDDLE THE MIND
IN older people a muddled mind can be one of the first signs of a bladder infection and can occur remarkably quickly.
The onset of such symptoms can be alarming for family members, especially if the person affected is normally fit and well. The changes can be mistaken for early signs of dementia, or even a stroke.
If it is left untreated it can lead to hallucinations or agitation. Most doctors will, however, recognise the signs and order a urine test.
They can then use a working diagnosis of a urinary tract infection until the test results arrive.
Antibiotics are standard treatment and effective, especially when given intravenously – bringing the patient back to normality within a few days.
Harley Street doctor Malcolm Vandeburg said the duke’s condition could be a sign of other issues with his health.
He said: ‘In a man of around 90, the thing that you would think of is some form of bladder outlet obstruction which would, at the top of the list, be some form of obstruction around the prostate.’
But he also stressed that if treated early, the condition was very controllable.
He said: ‘The only sad thing about tonight is that my father cannot be here with us because, unfortunately, he’s been taken unwell.’
he added to tumultuous applause from the audience outside Buckingham
Palace: 'If you should loud enough, he might just hear us in hospital'.
Prince Philip was taken in an ambulance from Windsor Castle after suffering abdominal pains. The royal couple had been resting
following Sunday’s gruelling four-hour Thames pageant.
The Queen who filmed a special
two-minute address yesterday to say thank you for the weekend of Diamond
Jubilee celebrations did not make reference to her husband's illness
and instead choose to focus on the celebrations.
Broadcasts other than the traditional
annual Christmas message are rare – though the Queen did address the
nation on the Gulf War in February 1991.
And in 1997 she broadcast live to the nation in tribute to the Princess of Wales.
The television and radio broadcast
was transmitted from the balcony at Buckingham Palace overlooking the
crowds gathered to pay their respects to Diana.
While the Queen carries on with the planned celebrations, the Duke is at the King Edward VII Hospital in London where he has been
diagnosed with a bladder infection.
Buckingham Palace said the Duke, who underwent minor heart surgery at Christmas. he would
remain under the care of doctors for several days as a ‘precautionary’
‘He is, understandably, disappointed
about missing this evening’s Diamond Jubilee Concert and tomorrow’s
engagements,’ a spokesman said.
The Queen, who was by her husband’s
side when he left the castle, is being kept informed of his condition
but has no plans to visit him in hospital.
With her husband’s blessing, she
immediately reassured her aides that the rest of the planned Jubilee
events, including today’s service of thanksgiving at St Paul’s Cathedral
followed by a carriage procession through London and a flypast over
Buckingham Palace, would go ahead as planned.
Members of the Royal Family poignantly left the Duke’s seat in the Royal Box at Buckingham Palace empty.
The Queen was notably absent from the
beginning of the concert, organised by Take That star Gary Barlow, but
arrived half-way through, wearing a black cloak over a gold dress, in
time for Robbie Williams’s second number, a rendition of Mack The Knife.
address: Prince Charles delivers the final speech at the concert as the
Queen, far left, the Duchess of Cornwall, Sir Paul McCartney, Sir Elton
Shirley Bassey, Kylie Minogue and Sir Cliff Richard listen
Without the Duke: The Queen arrives for the Diamond Jubilee Concert on Monday night without her husband Prince Philip who was earlier rushed to hospital. She sat next to her son, Prince Charles
While the Duke’s condition is not
believed to be serious, doctors will not be taking any chances, given
his advancing years, because bladder infections in the elderly can get
worse very quickly if not treated promptly.
Questions are likely to be asked
whether it was wise to allow the Duke, who had a stent inserted in his
heart less than six months ago, to take part in Sunday’s Diamond Jubilee
Pageant, standing in the rain for four hours.
It is understood that staff at
ambulance control in Berkshire received a call from Windsor Castle
shortly after 2pm reporting that Prince Philip was feeling unwell.
The medical crew used a chair to help him into the ambulance.
Despite his advancing years the
Queen’s husband has largely enjoyed good health and most of his past
ailments have been sports-related. Before undergoing heart surgery at
Christmas his most recent previous illness was a cold in October last
year which forced him to pull out of an overnight stay in Italy.
One of his most serious bouts of ill
health came in 2008 when he was admitted to hospital in London with a
chronic chest infection.
The Duke’s absence from the rest of the Diamond Jubilee events will come as a terrible blow to his wife of 64 years.
Although she is, ostensibly, the ‘senior partner’ in their relationship, she relies on her husband ‘utterly’.
‘It may be a clich but he truly is the power behind the throne,’ said a source.
The Queen waves to the crowd while on stage outside Buckingham Palace during at the end of the Diamond Jubilee Concert
Earlier this year the Duke, who is
linked to more than 800 organisations, announced plans to scale back on
all but his most important patronages, in the first nod he has given to
But he still carries out more than 350 engagements a year, making him one of the hardest-working members of the Royal Family.
In an interview with the BBC to mark his 90th birthday, the outspoken Duke admitted he was reducing his workload.
‘I reckon I’ve done my bit, I want to enjoy myself for a bit now,’ he said.
‘With less responsibility, less rushing about, less preparation, less trying to think of something to say.
‘On top of that your memory’s going, I can’t remember names. Yes, I’m just sort of winding down.’
Pop royalty had put on a dazzling show
for the Queen, thousands of flag-waving fans in the Mall and millions
around the world at the concert.
Majesty refused to let the star-studded Diamond Jubilee tribute gig be
overshadowed by the poor health of Prince Philip, who had been taken to
hospital with a bladder infection.
She arrived for the event at 9pm, an hour and a half after it had begun, but she came prepared with a rug and some ear plugs.
She joined the Prince of Wales, the
Duchess of Cornwall, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry
in the royal box in time to see Robbie Williams perform a special
version of Mack The Knife.
is being treated at the Edward VII Hospital in central London and will
be kept in for observation for a few days, Buckingham Palace said.
The sun came out at last for the concert, shining down over thousands of flag-waving fans lining the Mall.
The Victoria Memorial is silhouetted by the fireworks at the end of the Diamond Jubilee concert
As the evening wore on, the giant screens stood out along the Mall
After a very grey and unpromising day a rainbow appeared and blue skies rewarded the loyal crowd’s patience.
Sir Paul McCartney, who was closing
the concert with three songs, wished the Duke well, saying: “We all send
our best wishes for a speedy recovery. I hear he’s not too bad.”
Take That star Robbie Williams opened the show by belting out one of his biggest hits, the aptly-named Let Me Entertain You.
Performers from the present generation also appeared on stage – Will.i.am Jessie J, JLS and Ed Sheeran.
it was the veterans Sir Cliff Richard and Sir Tom Jones who got the
crowds on their feet with renditions of classic songs from their
Organisers said days before the concert that the Queen would take her seat at around 9pm.
She arrived wearing a stunning cocktail dress of gold lame designed by Angela Kelly under a dark cape.
The dress had sweeping trimmings of antique gold lace and deep olive, and was adorned with Swarovski crystals.
concert was staged outside Buckingham Palace and so many people were
attracted to nearby St James’s Park and the Mall, where they could watch
performers on big screens, that police officers declared the areas full
just before 9pm, and directed others to Hyde Park.
the royal box were the Prince of Wales, Duchess of Cornwall, Duke and
Duchess of Cambridge, Prince Harry and many other royals enjoying a
musical night in honour of the Queen.
Minister David Cameron and wife Samantha also sat near the royals and
at one point were spotted chatting to Zara Phillips and her
rugby-playing husband Mike Tindall.
included Brian May, who famously played the national anthem on the
palace’s roof during the 2002 Golden Jubilee concert, television
presenters Floella Benjamin and Kirstie Allsopp, and ex-Bond Girl
Barbara Bach who is married to former Beatle Ringo Starr.
Annie Lennox sings There Must Be An Angel with a photo of Prince Philip in the background, and Sir Tom Jones performs
Many of the hosts of the show, who included Lenny Henry and Jimmy Carr, poked fun at the royals.
But Rob Brydon got one of the biggest laughs from the crowds when he said: ‘Sixty years of reign. Sounds like a Welsh summer.’
turned on the royals massed in their box, saying: ‘I’m delighted to say
we have the Royal Family joining us this evening over in the royal
Charles and the Duke
of York acknowledged the comment by waving Union flags, then the comic
said: ‘Now those are good seats, they are very good seats, I hope you
didn’t use a tout – because that’s just spoiling it for the rest of us.’
of the most bizarre performances of the night came as style queen Grace
Jones performed her entire hit Slave To the Rhythm with a hula hoop,
without it slipping.
Kylie arrived on stage dressed as a Pearly Queen, wearing a romper-style black shorts suit adorned with mother of pearl buttons.
She completed the look with a black jacket that had a crown design in buttons on the back, and a peak cap.
The Australian singer sang a medley of her dance tunes and was loudly cheered and whistled.
During the performance the Queen was spotted with yellow ear-plugs in her ears.
A Right royal celebration: Sir Paul McCartney, left, and Sir Elton John, right, perform during the Diamond Jubilee concert outside Buckingham Palace
Sir Elton John’s Crocodile Rock was
one of the biggest tunes of the night, with all the crowds joining in
with the chorus, whose words ‘La, la, la, la, la’ were projected on to
William, Harry and Beatrice were spotted singing along and dancing in their seats to the Seventies tune.
Elton was recently treated in hospital in America for a chest infection
and told the Queen from the stage that he was “honoured” to play for
At one point images from the Queen’s
60-year reign were projected on to the palace as the BBC Concert
Orchestra played U2’s Beautiful Day.
Wonder was given a big cheer when he came on stage and before starting
to sing Sir Duke, he told the Queen: ‘This is for you, to celebrate your
Jubilee, so honoured to be here. I love you and God bless you.’
then played another of his big hits, Isn’t She Lovely, before he was
joined on stage by Will.i.am for a rendition of his tribute song to
Martin Luther King – Happy Birthday.
Fans watch the concert and the big screens lining the Mall. Cliff Richard performs a medley of his hits
it was the song Superstition that got the crowds dancing and the
veteran singer even added a new lyric: ‘We’re celebrating, the Diamond
The focus shifted
to the palace as Alfie Boe and Renee Fleming duetted on There's A Place
For Us from a balcony on the front of the building.
Elton John sounded as thought he was battling through his performance
just days after fighting back from pneumonia. The star, wearing a
fuchsia sequinned tailcoat, warned earlier that his lungs were still
Stevie Wonder told the
Queen: ‘This is for you, to celebrate your Jubilee, so honoured to be
here. I love you and God bless you’
'I'm back to fighting fit. It's the lungs – my voice is no problem,' he said prior to the show.
The chart veteran's set included hits
such as I'm Still Standing and Your Song from his 40-years-plus career.
And for Crocodile Rock the Palace was bathed with the words “La la la”
to encourage the crowd to sing along.
Harris sent a message from the stage wishing the Queen 'a happy,
healthy and long reign – and, from the heart, we hope that today has
been a beautiful day'.Rolf bravely led a singalong of Two Little Boys
alone, but suffered an “Adele” moment when he was cut off in his prime
by Lenny Henry, who told him it was time for the next act. But Harris
rounded it off by completing the last line.
Wonder warmed up the crowd with his hits Sir Duke and Isn't She Lovely,
but it was Happy Birthday they wanted to hear. He was joined on stage
by Will.i.am for the track, which was originally written to honour
Martin Luther King, but seemed apt for the royal celebration.
Madness upped the ante to echo Brian May's performance 10 years ago by similarly playing on the roof of the palace.
band opened with their 1982 hit Our House, which coincidentally
featured the palace in the video to the song, before playing It Must Be
The royals all stood for the final act, Sir Paul McCartney, who started off with a Beatles favourite Magical Mystery Tour.
the Mall the crowds waved their union flags along to another Fab Four
tune All My Loving and the legendary singer ended with Let It Be played
from a piano.
A riot of colour: Fireworks over Buckingham Palace mark the end of the Diamond Jubilee Concert at the Mall last night
Celebration: Fireworks illuminate the Queen Victoria monument outside Buckingham Palace last night at the end of last night's spectacular concert
The mood changed when he went into a
rendition of the James Bond theme Live And Let Die and the atmosphere
built until an dazzling fireworks display went off around the stage
followed by one in the grounds of Buckingham Palace.
As he ended with Obladi Oblada he was joined on stage by all the acts from the night.
Hours before the start of Monday night’s
concert at Buckingham Palace, Prince Philip was taken by ambulance from
Windsor Castle, where the royal couple had been resting following
Sunday’s gruelling four-hour Thames pageant, after suffering abdominal
Rolf Harris sent a message from the
stage wishing the Queen 'a happy, healthy and long reign – and, from the
heart, we hope that today has been a beautiful day'
The Duke, who will
celebrate his 91st birthday on Sunday and underwent minor heart surgery
at Christmas, is now at the King Edward VII Hospital in London where he
has been diagnosed with a bladder infection.
Buckingham Palace said he would remain under the care of doctors for several days as a ‘precautionary’ measure.
‘He is, understandably, disappointed about missing this evening’s Diamond Jubilee Concert and tomorrow’s engagements,’ a spokesman said.
The Queen, who was by her husband’s side when he left the castle, is being kept informed of his condition but has no plans to visit him in hospital.
And, with her husband’s blessing, she immediately reassured her aides that the rest of the planned Jubilee events, including today’s service of thanksgiving at St Paul’s Cathedral followed by a carriage procession through London and a flypast over Buckingham Palace, would go ahead as planned.
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