Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, involved in vehicle crash near Sandringham Estate

Hugh Fox
January 22, 2019

Britain's lack of an upper age limit for driving was in the spotlight on Friday (Jan 18) as 97-year-old Prince Philip recovered after being involved in an accident that flipped his auto.

Buckingham Palace says Prince Philip the husband of Queen Elizabeth II had been in a traffic accident and is not injured.

Prince Philip is uninjured after being involved in a auto accident near the Sandringham Estate on Thursday, January 17.

Prince Philip has had a brand new replacement Land Rover delivered just hours after he was involved in a crash near to Sandringham.

Two women were reported to have been in the other vehicle and received "minor injuries", but Warne told Radio 4 that there was also a baby in the second auto. There was a baby in the back seat screaming.

While the first official statement confirmed he was not injured and had been examined by a doctor, a later update revealed that he was taken to hospital on Friday morning as a precaution. At present drivers who reach 70 must declare whether they are fit to drive every three years but they are not required to undergo a driving test or medical examination. "He's a very fearless man".

"We are aware of the public interest in this case, however, as with any other investigation it would be inappropriate to speculate on the causes of the collision until an investigation is carried out", a police statement said.

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"I saw it careering, tumbling across the road and ending up on the other side".

"I rushed to the other vehicle - there was smoke coming out as if it may explode".

The Land Rover was overturned in the crash and had to be towed away.

The Kia was carrying a 9-month-old baby, the mother, 28, who was driving, and another woman, 45.

Princess Diana's former security chief Ken Wharfe said that while Philip's bodyguards arrived shortly after the crash, it was a serious breach of protocol.

Known as the Duke of Edinburgh in Britain, Philip is also well-known for his love for speed.

The bystander rescuer also described how he heard Philip tell the police he had been "dazzled by the sun" while driving, perhaps accounting for why he crashed.

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Police said, in accordance with policy in collisions, both drivers were breathalysed but both tests turned up negative.

A 2008 ITV television interview marking his 60 years in public life was largely done while the prince drove around the royals' winter retreat.

The Duke retired from royal duties in August 2017.

Eyewitness Roy Warne helped the stricken duke out of his vehicle and said the royal, who was left very shocked by the accident, asked if everybody was all right and was overheard telling police he had been "dazzled by the sun".

While there is no age limit for driving in the United Kingdom, motorists must renew their licence at least 90 days before reaching the age of 70, and then every three years after that.

At present, there is no upper age limit for driving in the UK.

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