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Duchess of Cornwall says Prince Philip is “slightly improving”

The Duchess of Cornwall has given an update on her father-in-law, The Duke of Edinburgh, on a visit to a COVID-19 vaccination centre in Croydon today saying that Prince Philip’s condition was “slightly improving” though his treatment “hurts at moments.”

The Duke of Edinburgh was first admitted to the King Edward VII hospital in Central London on 16th February after feeling unwell. The Duke was transferred to St Bartholomew’s Hospital on Monday for continuing treatment for an infection and for testing and observation on a pre-existing heart condition.

Buckingham Palace confirmed the transfer in a statement on Monday and also said that Prince Philip is expected to remain in hospital until the end of the week at least.

Bart’s is a centre of excellence for cardiac care and the hospital is Britain’s oldest hospital, preparing to celebrate its 900th birthday in 2023. The hospital is located near to St Paul’s Cathedral and offers NHS services as well as private care.

The Duchess of Cornwall was on a visit to St Paul’s Church in Croydon which has been repurposed as a site to help with the rollout of COVID-19 vaccinations. The regular church services have been moved online and 11 local GP practices have come together to run the vaccination site. The Duchess of Cornwall met with those involved in the vaccination process including NHS staff, volunteers and representatives of the church. Camilla was also able to meet with a handful of people receiving their jab.

When speaking of Prince Philip, The Duchess of Cornwall said the entire Royal Family had “their fingers crossed.”

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