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April 24, 2019

Being 97 and involved in January crash, now Prince Philip says it’s time to turn in driver’s license

February 10, 2019
Prince Philip has decided to stop driving at the age of 97, less than a month after he was involved in a collision that left two women injured, stated Buckingham Palace on Saturday. (Carl De Souza/Getty Images)

England’s Prince Philip is going to leave the driving to others.

Less than a month after colliding with another vehicle, Queen Elizabeth’s 97-year-old husband has surrendered his license, Norfolk Police confirmed Saturday.


“After careful consideration the Duke of Edinburgh has taken the decision to voluntarily surrender his driving license,” Buckingham Palace said in a statement.

Prosecutors said that would be weighed in their decision as to whether or not to charge him, reported The Associated Press.

The Duke of Edinburgh, who turns 98 in June, was driving a Land Rover on Jan. 17 near the Sandringham estate in Norfolk when he crashed into another car. Although uninjured, Philip needed assistance getting out of his overturned vehicle. Two women in the other car were injured but didn’t suffer serious injuries and a 9-month-old boy was unharmed.

Philip and the other driver both passed sobriety tests.

But just two days later, the royal was photographed motoring along with no seatbelt on.

He has penned an apology letter to one of the injured women, in which he blamed a bright sun while pulling onto a main road.

“I can only imagine that I failed to see the car coming, and I am very contrite about the consequences,” Philip wrote to Emma Fairweather, who suffered a broken wrist in the accident.

Although there is no upper age limit for British licenses, drivers over the age of 70 are required to renew them every three years, reported The AP.

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