Duke of Edinburgh gives up driving following Sandringham crash

Prince Philip Surrenders Driving License Following Car Crash Disaster

Prince Philip surrenders his driving licence

Queen Elizabeth II's 97-year-old husband Prince Philip on Saturday surrendered his driving licence after causing a auto crash that outraged the media and stirred a debate about old age and driving.

A Land Rover driven by Philip, the husband of Queen Elizabeth II, collided with another vehicle on a public road near the Queen's Sandringham estate in Norfolk, England, last month.

Buckingham Palace said he took the decision on his own after rolling over his Land Rover last month.

Prince Philip reportedly surrendered his licence to Norfolk Police, who are responsible for investigating the crash, though details of the investigation are yet to be released.

The Duke of Edinburgh escaped the incident without injury while the other driver, a 28-year-old woman, suffered cuts to her knee and her 45-year-old female passenger sustained a broken wrist.

Prince Philip has voluntarily surrendered his driving licence.

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

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The duke wrote a letter to Fairweather, dated January 21, that it was a "very distressing experience".

"I would like you to know how very sorry I am for my part in the accident at the Babingley crossroads", Prince Philip stated, adding that he was "very contrite about the consequences", cited by Nytimes.com.

Fairweather also told the Mirror on Saturday that she welcomed Philip's decision to surrender his driver's license.

Further controversy followed when photographs showing the Duke driving without wearing a seatbelt were released.

His Land Rover overturned but he was not injured.

"I was somewhat shaken after the accident, but I am greatly relieved that none of you were seriously injured", he wrote. Two women in the other auto were injured, though not seriously, and a 9-month-old baby boy was unhurt. A CPS spokesman said they would "review each file carefully before a decision is made" and will take into account that Philip surrendered his license.

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

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