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2013-06-04 12:08
Queen Elizabeth Prince Philip
London - Royal officials say Britain's Prince Philip has missed a gala reception at the last minute because he has fallen ill.

Buckingham Palace officials say Philip was "unwell", but added that he will attend a service on Tuesday to mark Queen Elizabeth II's 60 years on the throne.

Officials did not elaborate on Philip's health problem. The 91-year-old royal was due to join the queen at a reception at St James's Palace on Monday evening that featured performances by opera group Il Divo.

Tuesday's service at Westminster Abbey is expected to draw some 2 000 guests to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the queen's coronation.

Philip's health was in the public spotlight last summer when he spent almost a week in the hospital after a recurrence of a bladder infection.

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