Published: Sun, February 10, 2019
Worldwide | By Jermaine Blake

Prince Philip, 97, gives up driver's licence after crash

Prince Philip, 97, gives up driver's licence after crash

Prince Philip, 97, surrendered his driving licence on Saturday, Buckingham Palace announced.

The Duke of Edinburgh, who turns 98 in June, was driving a Land Rover on January 17 near the Sandringham estate in Norfolk when he crashed into another auto.

"After careful consideration the Duke of Edinburgh has taken the decision to voluntarily surrender his driving licence, " the statement said.

Norfolk Police confirmed the news Saturday evening, adding that "the investigation file for the collision has been passed to the Crown Prosecution Service for their consideration".

He surrendered his driving licence after being involved in a crash on the Sandringham Estate and then being spotted behind the wheel without a seatbelt.

He escaped injury but Emma Fairweather broke her wrist and called for Prince Philip to be prosecuted if found to be at fault.

Britain's Prince Philip is driven away from Papworth Hospital in southern England December 27, 2011.

Buckingham Palace calculated he had completed 22,219 solo engagements since 1952.

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Philip also wished Fairweather a "speedy recovery from a very distressing experience".

Philip came under days of media criticism for failing to quickly and publicly apologize for causing the crash.

His Land Rover overturned but he was not injured.

The accident, on January 17, saw the Duke pulled out of his vehicle through the sunroof after it "tumbled" across the A149 and ended on its side.

Philip was criticized after he was pictured driving on a public road without a seat belt just 48 hours after the crash, while Fairweather had earlier told the Mirror that she had not heard from the Duke in the days immediately following the incident.

"The sun was shining low over the main road".

He told Emma Fairweather, who suffered a broken wrist in the crash: "I can only imagine that I failed to see the auto coming, and I am very contrite about the consequences".

Norfolk Police are reported to have given him "suitable words of advice" after images were published showing him back behind the wheel of a replacement Freelander on the Queen's Sandringham estate.

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