The Duke Of Edinburgh Hands In Driver's License Following Lucky Escape From Car Crash

The Duke of Edinburgh has turned that precious card in.

Prince Philip, Queen Elizabeth's spouse, has given up his drivers license voluntarily as a result of his involvement in a car crash last month, according to BBC News.

The 97-year-old's Land Rover overturned after colliding with another car close to the Sandringham residence in eastern England on January 17. But, in a statement from Buckingham Palace, it was revealed that he did not suffer any injuries.

The other driver, however - a 28-year-old woman - suffered cuts to her knee, while a 45-year-old passenger, who had a nine-month-old baby on board, suffered a broken wrist.

Witnesses said that Philip pulled into the main road from a drive and was at fault for the collision, something he has since alluded to, claiming that the sunlight affected his vision. He also received a warning from law enforcement for his driving without wearing a seatbelt two days after the accident took place.

"The duke is reported to have acknowledged that the collision last month was his fault," BBC royal correspondent Jonny Dymond has reported.


"There was a fair deal of criticism of his decision to drive just two days after the crash. Now he has chosen to give up some of his independence and will have a driver from this point on."

"I would like you to know how very sorry I am for my part in the accident," the Duke wrote on Sandringham House headed paper.

"The sun was shining low over the main road. In normal conditions I would have no difficulty in seeing traffic coming... but I can only imagine that I failed to see the car coming, and I am very contrite about the consequences."

Norfolk Police have confirmed that Philip voluntarily handed in his license on Saturday. The document will be forwarded to the DVLA, Britain's licensing authority.

There are no legal obligations as it pertains to a driving age limit in Britain but drivers over the age of 70 must renew their licenses every three years.

"Any kind of car accident at the age of 97 is likely to produce shock," Royal biographer Hugo Vickers said to BBC News.

"Some years ago he gave up flying planes long before he needed to because he was scared that if something happened there would be a lot of criticism.

"You know, why was he, at the age of 55, still flying a plane when he should have retired at 48 or something like that.

"So he does listen to these things - he's very, very sensible."

The Duke retired from public life in 2017 but occasionally accompanies his wife at official events. He won't be driving to any such future happenings given this latest development, although it's unlikely he drove himself to those in the past.


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