12/23/2011 at 06:45 PM EST
The Duke of Edinburgh, husband of Queen Elizabeth and grandfather to Prince William
, has been taken to a hospital in England after suffering chest pains, according to a BBC report
Prince Philip, 90, was taken to the cardiac unit at Papworth Hospital in Cambridge for "precautionary tests," Buckingham Palace has said.
"Following tests at Papworth Cardiothoracic Hospital in Cambridge this evening the Duke of Edinburgh was found to have a blocked coronary artery which caused his chest pains," the Palace said in a statement. "This was treated successfully by the minimally invasive procedure of coronary stenting. Prince Philip will remain in hospital under observation for a short period."
At the time of his hospitalization, he was at Sandringham, the royal estate in rural Norfolk, as the family prepared to celebrate Christmas
He was last hospitalized in April 2008 for three days with a chest infection.