No one likes being sick. But Queen Elizabeth's outspoken, and at times curmudgeonly, husband of 65 years will undoubtedly have no patience whatsoever with the latest illness that curtailed his activities and put him in hospital for the third time in nine months.

In the short term, the doctors' directives to the 91-year-old Prince Philip as he recovers from a recurring bladder infection will be clear: take it easy, relax, rest. But that's never been his nature.

In the longer term, though, this latest illness of the longest-serving royal consort in British history could have a subtle yet significant impact on the evolution already underway at the House of Windsor.

"Certainly it will be a change within the Royal Family if Prince Philip … increasingly withdraws from public life because of his health, as the Queen has always been seen by the public as part of a married couple," says Toronto-based royal historian Carolyn Harris.

Not that Philip, who's been out and about at the London Olympics, a regatta and other royal activities recently, will likely want to withdraw.

"If you think of his life before he got married, he was in the navy," says Ninian Mellamphy, a longtime royal watcher and professor emeritus at Western University in London, Ont.

"That was like a club for upper-class men of his sort and he maintained, I think, the attitude of that. He's essentially a gregarious type of person and the whole idea of his fading into the background would be surprising and very unwelcome."

Generational shift

Philip's recent illnesses — including the bladder infection that hit him during the Queen's Diamond Jubilee celebrations in June, heart trouble over Christmas — come at the same time as the House of Windsor is undergoing a carefully managed generational shift that has put the Young Royals, particularly his grandsons William and Harry, along with William's wife, Kate, firmly in the spotlight.

"I think what we're going to see in the future is increased duties by the younger generation of the Royal Family," says Harris, who writes a blog, Royal Historian.

In a media interview earlier this year, William, the second-in-line to the throne, broached that subject head-on.

"Prince William mentioned that he was still deciding between taking another tour of duty as a search and rescue pilot or changing to full-time royal duties," says Harris. "Certainly Prince Philip's health will likely be a factor in that decision."

Media reports in Britain this week suggest that William's Royal Air Force superiors may be looking for a way that would allow him to continue some military work — perhaps as a part-time helicopter instructor — while clearing the way for more time as a working royal.

That search-and-rescue work put William firmly out of the spotlight as the London Olympics drew to an end earlier this month.

He was back on duty in Wales and conspicuously absent at the closing ceremonies. Younger brother, Harry, however, couldn't have been more conspicuous, standing in for the Queen.

"In 2012, there's been a real increase in Prince Harry's responsibilities," Harris notes.

Leaving the nasty headlines behind

The 27-year-old once known for his party-hearty ways and ability to grab headlines, not always in a good way (dressing in a Nazi costume at a fancy dress party was not a great idea) seems to have left that life behind him.

Harris says Harry's closing-night appearance at the Olympic Games suggests that his role as a royal ambassador is not an isolated event.

"He visited Brazil earlier in the year to discuss the transition from the 2012 Olympics in London to the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janiero, so I think … we’re going to see youth athletics and then the Olympic committee as a part of Harry's public duties going forward."

Throughout the Olympics, William, Harry and Kate seemed to be everywhere, cheering the U.K. team and hanging out with Olympic volunteers, perhaps part of a strategy to make youth athletics a patronage interest for the younger royals.

Harry also visited Canadian athletes at Canada House. Rumours lately suggest Kate, a tennis fan and player, may become vice-patron of the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, the home of Wimbledon.

Harry's apparent transformation also caught Mellamphy's eye during the Olympics, when the princes were interviewed on TV.

"They came across very, very positively as enthusiasts for the Games and enthusiasts for British participation in it, and they were really very forthright and charming," says Mellamphy.

"I've never seen [Harry] interviewed seriously before and I always saw him as kind of a representative of youth and of perhaps unwise youth, but he came across very well."

Mellamphy chalks up the way William and Harry came across in public at least partly to their mother, Diana, the late Princess of Wales, who died after a car crash in Paris in 1997.

'Very much their mother's sons'

"I think that maybe those two boys are very much their mother's sons, that they have a good deal of that charm that she had.

"At the same time, I suppose the lessons of her life made them a bit wiser than they might otherwise be."

But Mellamphy also sees something of their grandmother, the Queen, in them as the inevitable shift to the younger royal generation takes place.

"These people are obviously being trained in a kind of democratic society rather than in an aristocratic one.

"They seem to speak as if they were … ordinary blokes despite their privileges, so they have that kind of charm that was associated with their mother in her better moments, and a kind of wisdom that seems to belong very much to themselves and might even imitate their grandmother, who seems to be a very sensible woman."

Of course, there is another generation in the middle, between the Queen and Philip and William and Harry. Harris says that generation — William's father and heir to the throne, Charles, along with his sister, Anne, and brothers Andrew and Edward — were more in focus during the jubilee celebrations, though they also showed up at the Olympics as well.

Edward has also taken on some of Philip's charitable patronages, and rumours and palace mumblings suggest he's in line for his father's title, the Duke of Edinburgh.

For now, though, the family will be hoping Philip recovers from the latest infection, no one more than the Queen.

'Constant strength and guide'

Philip's absence was noticeable during the final days of the celebration of her jubilee. Earlier, she had singled out just how much his constant presence has meant to her.

"During these years as your Queen, the support of my family has, across the generations, been beyond measure," she said during an address to the houses of Parliament in March.

"Prince Philip is, I believe, well-known for declining compliments of any kind. But throughout he has been a constant strength and guide."

She will undoubtedly be hoping he gains that strength again.

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  • Small boats participate in the Diamond Jubilee River Pageant on June 3, 2012 in London, England. For only the second time in its history the UK celebrates the Diamond Jubilee of a monarch. Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II celebrates the 60th anniversary of her ascension to the throne. Thousands of well-wishers from around the world have flocked to London to witness the spectacle of the weekend's celebrations. The Queen along with all members of the royal family will participate in a River Pageant with a flotilla of a 1,000 boats accompanying them down The Thames. (Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images)

  • Paddle boats participate in Thames Diamond Jubilee River Pageant on June 3, 2012 in London, England. For only the second time in its history the UK celebrates the Diamond Jubilee of a monarch. Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II celebrates the 60th anniversary of her ascension to the throne. Thousands of well-wishers from around the world have flocked to London to witness the spectacle of the weekend's celebrations. The Queen along with all members of the royal family will participate in a River Pageant with a flotilla of a 1,000 boats accompanying them down The Thames. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)

  • Queen Elizabeth smiles during a pageant commemorating her Diamond Jubilee in London. Picture date: Sunday June 3, 2012. See PA story ROYAL Jubilee. Photo credit should read: Dylan Martinez/PA Wire

  • Fireworks are fired from Tower Bridge, London, marking the end of the Diamond Jubilee River Pageant. Picture date: Sunday June 3, 2012. See PA story ROYAL Jubilee. Photo credit should read: Peter Macdiarmid/PA Wire

  • The Queen's launch makes its way down the river on June 3, 2012 in London, England. For only the second time in its history the UK celebrates the Diamond Jubilee of a monarch. Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II celebrates the 60th anniversary of her ascension to the throne. Thousands of well-wishers from around the world have flocked to London to witness the spectacle of the weekend's celebrations. The Queen along with all members of the royal family will participate in a River Pageant with a flotilla of a 1,000 boats accompanying them down The Thames. (Photo by Harry Engels/Getty Images)

  • The Queen's launch makes its way down the river on June 3, 2012 in London, England. For only the second time in its history the UK celebrates the Diamond Jubilee of a monarch. Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II celebrates the 60th anniversary of her ascension to the throne. Thousands of well-wishers from around the world have flocked to London to witness the spectacle of the weekend's celebrations. The Queen along with all members of the royal family will participate in a River Pageant with a flotilla of a 1,000 boats accompanying them down The Thames. (Photo by Harry Engels/Getty Images)

  • Queen Elizabeth II is greeted by Chelsea pensioners at Chelsea Pier on June 3, 2012 in London, England. For only the second time in its history the UK celebrates the Diamond Jubilee of a monarch. Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II celebrates the 60th anniversary of her ascension to the throne. Thousands of well-wishers from around the world have flocked to London to witness the spectacle of the weekend's celebrations. The Queen along with all members of the royal family will participate in a River Pageant with a flotilla of a 1,000 boats accompanying them down The Thames, the star studded free concert at Buckingham Palace, and a carriage procession and a service of thanksgiving at St Paul's Cathedral. (Photo by Bethany Clarke - WPA Pool /Getty Images)

  • Atmosphere The Queen's Diamond Jubilee River Pageant Flotilla London, England - 03.06.12 Mandatory Credit: WENN.com

  • Queen Elizabeth II is greeted by Chelsea pensioners at Chelsea Pier on June 3, 2012 in London, England. For only the second time in its history the UK celebrates the Diamond Jubilee of a monarch. Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II celebrates the 60th anniversary of her ascension to the throne. Thousands of well-wishers from around the world have flocked to London to witness the spectacle of the weekend's celebrations. The Queen along with all members of the royal family will participate in a River Pageant with a flotilla of a 1,000 boats accompanying them down The Thames, the star studded free concert at Buckingham Palace, and a carriage procession and a service of thanksgiving at St Paul's Cathedral. (Photo by Bethany Clarke - WPA Pool /Getty Images)

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  • Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh arrive at Chelsea Pier on June 3, 2012 in London, England. For only the second time in its history the UK celebrates the Diamond Jubilee of a monarch. Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II celebrates the 60th anniversary of her ascension to the throne. Thousands of well-wishers from around the world have flocked to London to witness the spectacle of the weekend's celebrations. The Queen along with all members of the royal family will participate in a River Pageant with a flotilla of a 1,000 boats accompanying them down The Thames, the star studded free concert at Buckingham Palace, and a carriage procession and a service of thanksgiving at St Paul's Cathedral. (Photo by Bethany Clarke - WPA Pool /Getty Images)

  • The man powered boats make their way down the river on June 3, 2012 in London, England. For only the second time in its history the UK celebrates the Diamond Jubilee of a monarch. Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II celebrates the 60th anniversary of her ascension to the throne. Thousands of well-wishers from around the world have flocked to London to witness the spectacle of the weekend's celebrations. The Queen along with all members of the royal family will participate in a River Pageant with a flotilla of a 1,000 boats accompanying them down The Thames. (Photo by Harry Engels/Getty Images)

  • Atmosphere The Queen's Diamond Jubilee River Pageant Flotilla London, England - 03.06.12 Mandatory Credit: WENN.com

  • The man powered boats make their way down the river on June 3, 2012 in London, England. For only the second time in its history the UK celebrates the Diamond Jubilee of a monarch. Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II celebrates the 60th anniversary of her ascension to the throne. Thousands of well-wishers from around the world have flocked to London to witness the spectacle of the weekend's celebrations. The Queen along with all members of the royal family will participate in a River Pageant with a flotilla of a 1,000 boats accompanying them down The Thames. (Photo by Harry Engels/Getty Images)

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  • A couple with their eyes painted with Britain's Union flag pose for pictures beside the River Thames in London, on June 3, 2012, as Britain celebrates the Queen's Diamond Jubilee. Queen Elizabeth II was to sail on a ceremonial barge down the Thames on Sunday at the centre of a 1,000-boat pageant to mark her diamond jubilee, although heavy rain threatened to spoil the party. AFP PHOTO / CARL COURT (Photo credit should read CARL COURT/AFP/GettyImages)

  • Royal supporters gather beside the River Thames in London, on June 3, 2012, as Britain celebrates the Queen's Diamond Jubilee River Pageant. Queen Elizabeth II was to sail on a ceremonial barge down the Thames on Sunday at the centre of a 1,000-boat pageant to mark her diamond jubilee, although heavy rain threatened to spoil the party. AFP PHOTO / CARL COURT (Photo credit should read CARL COURT/AFP/GettyImages)

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  • Organisers start to dress the shops prior to the Jubilee street party in Marple Bridge, Stockport in Manchester on June 3, 2012. Britain kicks off four days of celebrations to mark Queen Elizabeth II's diamond jubilee, including a 1,000-boat river pageant and a star-studded concert. Britons nationwide will get out the bunting and hold street parties, sitting down to share lunch with their neighbours, reminiscent of the silver jubilee in 1977, when around 10 million people joined in the merriment. AFP PHOTO / ANDREW YATES (Photo credit should read ANDREW YATES/AFP/GettyImages)

  • Organisers start to dress the shops prior to the Jubilee street party in Marple Bridge, Stockport in Manchester on June 3, 2012. Britain kicks off four days of celebrations to mark Queen Elizabeth II's diamond jubilee, including a 1,000-boat river pageant and a star-studded concert. Britons nationwide will get out the bunting and hold street parties, sitting down to share lunch with their neighbours, reminiscent of the silver jubilee in 1977, when around 10 million people joined in the merriment. AFP PHOTO / ANDREW YATES (Photo credit should read ANDREW YATES/AFP/GettyImages)

  • A woman wearing an crown with the Britain's Union flags smiles while queueing up to enter Battersea Park before the start of the Battersee Park festival on the route of the jubilee river pageant on June 3, 2012 in London. Britain's Queen Elizabeth II sails on a royal barge down the River Thames as part of a huge pageant marking her diamond jubilee, in one of the biggest events of its kind in London's history. AFP PHOTO / JOHN MACDOUGALL (Photo credit should read JOHN MACDOUGALL/AFP/GettyImages)

  • Kibworth residents in Leicestershire use gazebos to cover tables from the rain before a street party, during the Diamond Jubilee celebrations (Rui Vieira/PA Wire)

  • Crowds gather on Westminster Bridge, London, ahead of the start of the Diamond Jubilee river pageant (Max Nash/PA Wire)

  • Revellers arrive to wait along the Thames river at the Southbank for the Jubilee celebrations, in London, on June 3, 2012, where 1,000 vessels of all shapes and sizes will be part of the Diamond Jubilee river Pageant. Britain is celebrating the diamond jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II, marking 60 years on the throne during which she has set a number of landmarks. AFP PHOTO/BEN STANSALL (Photo credit should read BEN STANSALL/AFP/GettyImages)

  • A royalist supporter wears a suit displaying the colours of the British Union flag as he walks beside the River Thames in London, on June 3, 2012, as Britain celebrates the Queen's Diamond Jubilee. Queen Elizabeth II was to sail on a ceremonial barge down the Thames on Sunday at the centre of a 1,000-boat pageant to mark her diamond jubilee, although heavy rain threatened to spoil the party. AFP PHOTO / BEN STANSALL (Photo credit should read BEN STANSALL/AFP/GettyImages)

  • Royal revellers wait in the rain on the south bank of the River Thames, London, for the start of the Diamond Jubilee river pageant. Picture date: Sunday June 3, 2012 (Lewis Whyld/PA Wire)

  • Visitors attending the Battersee Park festival wear masks featuring a likeness of (L-R) Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, Prince William and Britain's Queen Elizabeth II on the route of the jubilee river pageant on June 3, 2012 in London. Britain's Queen Elizabeth II sails on a royal barge down the River Thames as part of a huge pageant marking her diamond jubilee, in one of the biggest events of its kind in London's history. AFP PHOTO / JOHN MACDOUGALL (Photo credit should read JOHN MACDOUGALL/AFP/GettyImages)

  • Royalist supporters pose for pictures with Britain's Union flag wellington boots as they gather along the River Thames in London, on June 3, 2012, as Britain celebrates the Queen's Diamond Jubilee River Pageant. Queen Elizabeth II was to sail on a ceremonial barge down the Thames on Sunday at the centre of a 1,000-boat pageant to mark her diamond jubilee, although heavy rain threatened to spoil the party. AFP PHOTO / CARL COURT (Photo credit should read CARL COURT/AFP/GettyImages)

  • Spectators await the Royal Jubilee river Pageant near Tower Bridge in London, on June 3, 2012, where 1,000 vessels of all shapes and sizes will be part of the Diamond Jubilee river Pageant. Britain is celebrating the diamond jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II, marking 60 years on the throne during which she has set a number of landmarks. AFP PHOTO/ IAN KINGTON (Photo credit should read IAN KINGTON/AFP/GettyImages)

  • Royalist supporters gather along the River Thames in London, on June 3, 2012, to celebrate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee River Pageant. Queen Elizabeth II was to sail on a ceremonial barge down the Thames on Sunday at the centre of a 1,000-boat pageant to mark her diamond jubilee, although heavy rain threatened to spoil the party. AFP PHOTO / MIGUEL MEDINA (Photo credit should read MIGUEL MEDINA/AFP/GettyImages)

  • Crowds of revellers gather during the Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant on the River Thames in London on June 3, 2012, as Britain celebrates the Queen's Diamond Jubilee River Pageant. Queen Elizabeth II is to sail on a ceremonial barge down the Thames at the centre of a 1,000-boat pageant to mark her diamond jubilee, although heavy rain threatened to spoil the party. AFP PHOTO/MIGUEL MEDINA (Photo credit should read MIGUEL MEDINA/AFP/GettyImages)

  • Crowds of revellers gather during the Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant on the River Thames in London on June 3, 2012, as Britain celebrates the Queen's Diamond Jubilee River Pageant. Queen Elizabeth II is to sail on a ceremonial barge down the Thames at the centre of a 1,000-boat pageant to mark her diamond jubilee, although heavy rain threatened to spoil the party. AFP PHOTO/MIGUEL MEDINA (Photo credit should read MIGUEL MEDINA/AFP/GettyImages)

  • Crowds of revellers gather near Tower Bridge during the Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant on the River Thames in London on June 3, 2012, as Britain celebrates the Queen's Diamond Jubilee River Pageant. Queen Elizabeth II is to sail on a ceremonial barge down the Thames at the centre of a 1,000-boat pageant to mark her diamond jubilee, although heavy rain threatened to spoil the party. AFP PHOTO/MIGUEL MEDINA (Photo credit should read MIGUEL MEDINA/AFP/GettyImages)

  • Crowds gather on Tower Bridge and along the bank of the River Thames in London, ahead of the start of the Diamond Jubilee river pageant. Picture date: Sunday June 3, 2012. See PA story ROYAL Jubilee Pageant. Photo credit should read: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire

  • Rowing boats begin to gather on the River Thames, London near Hammersmith Bridge, during the Diamond Jubilee river pageant. Picture date: Sunday June 3, 2012. See PA story ROYAL Jubilee. Photo credit should read: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

  • A man wearing a Union Jack waistcoat onboard a rowing boat as they begin to gather on the River Thames, London, during the Diamond Jubilee river pageant. Picture date: Sunday June 3, 2012. See PA story ROYAL Jubilee. Photo credit should read: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

  • Rowing boats begin to gather on the River Thames, London, during the Diamond Jubilee river pageant. Picture date: Sunday June 3, 2012. See PA story ROYAL Jubilee. Photo credit should read: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire