Lifestyle & Belief

Queen's cousin admitted to the hospital after suffering a stroke


Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh; Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Queen Elizabeth ll makes an official visit to Baker Street Underground Station on March 20, 2013 in London, England.


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Queen Elizabeth II's cousin, Edward — a.k.a. His Royal Highness The Duke of Kent — has been admitted to the hospital after suffering a stroke.

The Huffington Post quoted a Buckingham Palace spokesman as saying:

"He was taken ill in the early hours of Monday and admitted to hospital for assessment."

Medical staff had "diagnosed him as having had a mild stroke," the spokesman said, adding that: "He's still being assessed and it's not thought to be serious. My understanding is he's feeling well and looking forward to resuming official engagements as soon as possible."

The duke, 77, canceled his royal engagements on Monday, according to

It's been a tough week for the royals health wise, with the Queen herself suffering from what was said to be a bout of gastroenteritis.

However, the pregnant Kate Middleton — a.k.a. Duchess of Cambridge — appears to be fully recovered from her early acute morning sickness, herself touring the London Underground this week with the Queen and Prince Philip to mark the network's 150th anniversary.

Interviewed at Baker Street station, the Duchess — a "commoner" before marrying Prince William, the heir to the British throne — admitted that she used to enjoy traveling on "the Tube."

"I used to use the Tube on a regular basis. I miss traveling on the Tube."

The duchess was presented with a "Baby On Board!" badge, an initiative aimed at encouraging Underground commuters to stand when no other seats are available for a pregnant woman.