Prince Philip, 97, has voluntarily given up driving licence after crash

Leroy Wright
February 10, 2019

At the age of 97, and less than a month after walking away unscathed from a crash that left two women injured, Prince Philip has decided it's time to come out from behind the wheel, Buckingham Palace said Saturday.

Prince Philip has chose to stop driving at the age of 97, less than a month after he was involved in a collision that left two women injured, Buckingham Palace said Saturday.

The Duke of Edinburgh has chose to give up driving and voluntarily surrender his licence to police following a recent crash near Sandringham, Buckingham Palace has announced.

The royal family website says the duke "learned to fly all type of aircraft" after passing a Royal Air Force test in 1953.

The 97-year-old duke apologised over a auto crash near the Sandringham estate in Norfolk, in which his Land Rover Freelander landed on its side after a collision with a Kia.

Both women were treated at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King's Lynn and were discharged later that night.

Prince Philip has surrendered his driver's license.

Fairweather, who broke her wrist, called for the Duke to be prosecuted if found to be at fault.

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"I suspect [this] will not have been an easy decision for the Duke of Edinburgh to have made", she said.

Police in the eastern part of England where the accident happened outside a royal residence said they had passed Philip's file to prosecutors to determine whether anyone should be charged.

Two days later he was pictured driving without a seatbelt, prompting criticism.

In a letter dated 21 January, Philip wished her a "speedy recovery" and said he "failed to see the auto coming", the Sunday Mirror reported at the time.

The Duke of Edinburgh, 97, gave up his credentials on Saturday, Buckingham Palace said.

The sun was blamed for hindering his vision and he wrote he was "very contrite about the consequences" of the collision.

Two days after that accident, the duke was photographed driving a replacement Range Rover without a seatbelt, which is illegal in Britain. Two women in the other vehicle were injured, though not seriously, and a nine-month-old baby boy was unhurt.

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