Royal grandkids bring cheer to Philip's bedside
Published 26/12/2011 | 05:00
The Duke of Edinburgh's grandchildren brought him some Christmas cheer as he prepared to spend a third night in hospital after treatment for a blocked coronary artery.
Six of the royal grandchildren, including Princes William and Harry, visited 90-year-old Philip at Papworth Hospital near Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire this afternoon.
The Duke of Cambridge and his younger brother drove separate cars to the hospital from Sandringham, the Queen's private Norfolk estate, taking the Duke of York's daughters Beatrice and Eugenie and the Princess Royal's children, Zara and Peter, with them for the 45-minute visit.
They made the journey after enjoying Christmas Day lunch at Sandringham, having changed into more casual attire than their earlier outfits for the traditional Christmas church service at the estate.
Their Christmas cheer would have been a welcome distraction for the Duke who is thought to have missed his first Christmas morning service at Sandringham.
Around 3,000 well-wishers gathered outside St Mary Magdalene Church to see the royals, including the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall, the Duke of Cambridge, Prince Harry, the Princess Royal, the Duke of York, and the Earl and Countess of Wessex.
It was the Duchess of Cambridge's first time at the service, which was also attended by England rugby player Mike Tindall and the Queen's granddaughter Zara Phillips.
Philip was taken to Papworth, a specialist heart hospital, on Friday night after complaining of chest pains.
Following tests, doctors discovered a blocked artery and he underwent a "minimally invasive procedure of coronary stenting", which was declared a success.
This is the most serious health scare suffered by the Duke, who is known for being a robust and active 90-year-old.
Tonight will be his third night in hospital and no details have been given about when he will be discharged.