Royal Roundup: Family Members Visit Prince Philip, Celebrate Christmas

Members of the royal family arriving at church services at Sandringham. (Lefteris Pitarakis/AP Images)

Prince Philip is “in good spirits” and remains under observation, says a Buckingham Palace spokesperson.

Doctors placed a coronary stent in one of the Prince’s arteries on Friday, after he was rushed to Papworth Hospital in Cambridgeshire, complaining of chest pains.

It’s unclear how long he will remain in the hospital, but all reports are that he wants to join his wife and family quickly.

“He is eager to leave,” said spokeswoman Ailsa Anderson on Saturday.

This morning, Prince Charles said that his father is “very well” and that he is “very determined.”

The Queen and her children, Prince Charles, Prince Andrew and Princess Anne, visited the Duke of Edinburgh for the second time this afternoon, joined by six of Philip’s grandchildren. Princes William and Harry, arriving in separate cars, drove the roughly 60 miles from Sandringham, the Queen’s Norfolk estate where royal family members traditionally observe the Christmas holiday. Also visiting were Prince Andrew’s daughters, Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie, and Princess Anne’s children, Zara and Peter Phillips.

The Queen visited her husband yesterday. The prompt visit, said BBC royal correspondent Nicholas Witchell, suggested it was a “moment of real anxiety” for the royal family, but one that now appears to be over. The Queen was also joined yesterday by Andrew and Anne, followed closely by Charles and his wife Camilla.

Before today’s visit by the grandchildren, royal family members attended church services in Sandringham and then had their traditional family lunch. They also watched the Queen’s annual Christmas message. This year’s speech was recorded on Dec. 9, before Prince Philip’s illness and focused in large part on family, including the weddings of Kate and William and Zara Phillips and Mike Tindall.

“The importance of family has, of course, come home to Prince Philip and me personally this year with the marriages of two of our grandchildren, each in their own way a celebration of the God-given love that binds a family together,” the Queen said.

You can read the complete text of the message here, and you can watch it on the monarchy’s YouTube channel:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=olEp_3Spc1g