Prince Philip surrenders driving licence after car crash

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Britain's Prince Philip is driven away from Papworth Hospital in southern England December 27, 2011. REUTERS/Neil Hall/File Photo

LONDON (ANI) – Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh and the husband of Queen Elizabeth II, surrendered his driving license on Saturday afternoon, week after he escaped unharmed in a car crash that took place near Sandringham Estate in Norfolk, situated in eastern part of England.

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

On January 17, Prince Philip was driving a Range Rover when “he was involved in a road traffic accident with another vehicle but was not injured”. The Queen was not in the car when the accident took place, according to the palace.

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Following the incident, Prince Philip visited a doctor at the Sandringham Estate, the Queen’s private home, where the physician said that the Duke did not suffer any injury, CNN reported.

During the mishap, the Duke’s vehicle collided with another vehicle carrying two women, aged 28 and 45, and a nine-month-old infant. The police said that while the infant escaped unscathed, the 28-year-old woman suffered cuts to her knee, and the 45-year-old woman broke her wrist.

The injuries to the two women were not life-threatening.

However, following the incident, the Prince in a letter apologised to the car accident victims, saying, “I would like you to know how very sorry I am for my part in the accident,” while adding, “I have been across that crossing any number of times and I know very well the amount of traffic that uses that main road.”

Later, the Prince was even criticised for not wearing a seat belt while driving the car.

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