Britain’s Prince Philip, 97, surrenders his driving licence weeks after crash


The Duke of Edinburgh, 97, gave up his credentials on Saturday, Buckingham Palace said. It's unclear what exactly led to the crash between his Land Rover and another driver's Kia, which was carrying a 9-month-old baby.

The UK's Prince Philip, 97, has made a decision to "voluntarily surrender" his driving licence following a crash last month, Buckingham Palace announced on Saturday.

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.

Prince Philip's vehicle flipped over in the crash and he had to be rescued by a passing motorist.

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) will examine the file and will decide whether to prosecute any individual if there is enough evidence.

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

James Brookes, of the Royal Central news site, said Philip was a "strong-willed" individual who was probably not swayed by the public backlash when deciding to hang up his key.

Philip was roundly criticised and police issued him with "suitable words of advice" and said "any appropriate action" would be taken if necessary.

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And Norfolk Police confirmed Saturday that the prince had "voluntarily surrendered his license to officers".

Two days after that accident, the duke was photographed driving a replacement Range Rover without a seatbelt, which is illegal in Britain.

Given the force of the accident, and Philip's advanced age, he is considered very lucky to have escaped serious injury.

She said she was "chuffed" to receive the response, after earlier noting a lack of direct communication with the Prince in interviews with other United Kingdom media outlets.

He blamed the low, bright sun for obscuring his vision, adding he was "very contrite about the consequences".

Dymond also called Philip a "fiercely independent" person who "would have resisted any suggestion that he be denied the right to drive himself".

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