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Old 08-19-2012, 06:54 PM
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One reason for the call for privacy and rest might be that even the treatment for an infection can weaken an elderly person. Remember how Prince Philip's complexion was grey and he was swaying a bit during the Trooping of the Colour, after his first infection? I think someone mentioned that hospital stays and antibiotic treatments can leave a person feeling drained - and that's probably doubly true when another infection happens not long after the first one.

Sad to say, but every time Prince Philip is hospitalized, it's going to leave him a little weaker and take him a little longer to recover, especially because of his age.

I have wondered, too, if there are more to Prince Philip's hospital stays than Buckingham Palace is letting on, especially since I read a few days ago that the Queen had advertised for a nurse: http://www.upi.com/Health_News/2012/...8061344138822/

Then again, his infections could just be due to coincidence and/or old age.
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Old 08-19-2012, 07:06 PM
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No matter what the palace says, even the whole truth, people will still want to speculate that there is more to it and come up with their own theories. Some people just love conspiracy theories.
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Old 08-19-2012, 08:34 PM
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This was posted on my twitter page. Not sure how valid or reliable this article is, however:

Daily Star: Simply The Best 7 Days A Week :: News :: Dukle of Edinburgh's secret heart tests
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Old 08-19-2012, 08:43 PM
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I don't know what may be wrong with the Duke, it could be one thing or another. I have never heard of anyone spending 5 weeks a year in a hospital for baldder infections, bad medicine, no matter how old.There seems to be an organic problem, something with his prostate and, I agree, not our business. Except they publicize these things.
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Old 08-19-2012, 09:43 PM
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I really feel for him and them, the BRF,to have your private medical condition blasted all over. I guess they are all used to it, but I can't imagine having a miscarriage, bladder infection, etc known.
We do the same with our presidents here. I remember when Reagan had some colon polyps removed and my mother and I looked at each other and said, "do we really need to know that?'
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I really feel for him and them, the BRF,to have your private medical condition blasted all over. I guess they are all used to it, but I can't imagine having a miscarriage, bladder infection, etc known.
We do the same with our presidents here. I remember when Reagan had some colon polyps removed and my mother and I looked at each other and said, "do we really need to know that?'
It is all a matter of transparency. If you are in any way beholden to the public you better be prepared to share your health issues. By being first with any news you have avoided speculations which easily takes on a life of its own. By being forthcoming with good and bad news you avoid being second guessed and you will also be more trustworthy. To hide anything that may impact your ability to carry out the duties you have been performing will not sit well with anyone when publicized after the fact.
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Old 08-19-2012, 10:28 PM
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This was posted on my twitter page. Not sure how valid or reliable this article is, however:

Daily Star: Simply The Best 7 Days A Week :: News :: Dukle of Edinburgh's secret heart tests
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The Queen and royal aides are now deciding whether their son Charles or grandson William should step in to escort her on official duties.

William, 30, is busy with work as an RAF search and rescue pilot so it is thought Charles, 63, is more likely to take over.

The aide added: “It has to be a man at her side – protocol dictates this.

“The Duke will insist he can carry on but the family and doctors are bound to overrule him.”
Does protocol dictate this? Not in the past - even very recent past, like in the spring when Camilla was by her side, and even Kate. Would this be a way of trying to make sure Kate does not fall into this role? She is clearly the royal who is free of any obligations. Charles - and Camilla - would be already obligated.

Why is this article saying 'protocol' indicates it has to be a man? Is that legitimate?

I was initially puzzled why both Charles and William were mentioned as companions to the Queen on her rounds until it dawned on me that Charles already has a full schedule planned out. It makes sense for William to be the one. It will be interesting to see if he does.
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Old 08-19-2012, 10:45 PM
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I suppose that means William will have to give up his RAF job sooner than expected. Well it was going to happen sooner or later.
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Old 08-19-2012, 10:59 PM
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I suppose that means William will have to give up his RAF job sooner than expected. Well it was going to happen sooner or later.
The article is not logical since it says that because William has his RAF duties it will be Charles who will be the companion to the Queen. It is Charles who is the one who has a full royal schedule already planned out. It's as though the article is suggesting that William's RAF duties trump his royal identity. Does that make sense?
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Old 08-19-2012, 11:03 PM
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I feel so badly for the Queen. This must be absolute hell for her, having to watch her husband slowly yet surely slipping away and there is absolutely nothing she can do about it.

This is what, the third time in 6 months now that Prince Philip has been hospitalized? First his heart surgery and now two bouts of bladder infection. At age 91 that is simply not a good thing.

I certainly wish him a quick & thorough recovery from his present illness. But I'm afraid we are going to see more of this in the coming months rather than less especially if he refuses to slow down.

I think you are very very right. I hope Prince Philip get promptly better and learn at 91's to slow down........
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Old 08-19-2012, 11:07 PM
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The article is not logical since it says that because William has his RAF duties it will be Charles who will be the companion to the Queen. It is Charles who is the one who has a full royal schedule already planned out. It's as though the article is suggesting that William's RAF duties trump his royal identity. Does that make sense?
The Daily Star isn't exactly a reliable source . . .
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Old 08-19-2012, 11:10 PM
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The Daily Star isn't exactly a reliable source . . .
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Does protocol dictate this? Not in the past - even very recent past, like in the spring when Camilla was by her side, and even Kate. Would this be a way of trying to make sure Kate does not fall into this role? She is clearly the royal who is free of any obligations. Charles - and Camilla - would be already obligated.

Why is this article saying 'protocol' indicates it has to be a man? Is that legitimate?

I was initially puzzled why both Charles and William were mentioned as companions to the Queen on her rounds until it dawned on me that Charles already has a full schedule planned out. It makes sense for William to be the one. It will be interesting to see if he does.
I have never heard of such protocol (though I know very little on the matter, so I may be wrong), but it doesn't sound right. Her Majesty has done plenty of engagements by herself, and there was no fuss. Why all of a sudden there has to be a man by her side is not very clear to me.
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Old 08-20-2012, 02:46 AM
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I have never heard of such protocol (though I know very little on the matter, so I may be wrong), but it doesn't sound right. Her Majesty has done plenty of engagements by herself, and there was no fuss. Why all of a sudden there has to be a man by her side is not very clear to me.
Its also quite confusing for me too. One event comes to mind right off. The Thanksgiving service winding up the main Jubilee weekend. If "protocol" dictated that she be accompanied by a male, then I really doubt that they would have had her companion be her lady-in-waiting who stood in for Philip as he was in the hospital. Where do these rags come up with such things?
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There is also the matter of the 'logistics' for a man with such an infection. He may be 'fine' but the circumstances are - after all - embarrassing. I'd wave off the visitors, too.
Sorry but I doubt much could embarrass Prince Philip, a bladder infection is an illness like everything. He's not having visitor because he either doesn't want them, or Doctors have requested no visitors.

Everyone knows Prince Philip will unfortunately pass on one day, it will undoubtedly be Prince Charles who will stand by his mothers side, William will step up to his fathers duties I imagine.
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Old 08-20-2012, 06:27 AM
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The Duke of Edinburgh has been discharged from Aberdeen Royal Infirmary.
Video of him leaving: BBC News - Prince Philip leaves Aberdeen hospital after five nights

He is to spend the rest of August at Balmoral apparently, and it's unsure if he'll attend the opening of the paralympic games on August 29th.

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Old 08-20-2012, 07:31 AM
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Surely the obvious male companion for HM, should she need one, is Andrew. He's single and no longer a special representative for trade so will be in the UK much more. His schedule could likely be amended without too much difficulty to allow him to accompany his mother when/if necessary.
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