Queen Elizabeth’s 97-year-old husband Prince Philip escaped unhurt from a automotive crash whereas driving on Thursday close to the Sandringham property in japanese England.
Police stated two individuals in a automotive that collided with that of the prince, often known as the Duke of Edinburgh, have been each taken to hospital for minor accidents however later discharged.
Footage from the scene confirmed a Land Rover overturned on the aspect of the street. The accident occurred when Philip was pulling out of a driveway onto a fundamental street, the BBC reported, quoting a witness saying he was very shaken.
Philip drove former President Barack Obama and his spouse Michelle to lunch throughout their state go to to Britain in 2016.
Buckingham Palace confirmed Thursday’s accident.
“The Duke was not injured,” it added in a press release.
A palace spokeswoman later confirmed Philip was on the wheel and was checked by a physician afterwards. He didn’t go to hospital and was now again at Sandringham, the non-public nation residence owned by Queen Elizabeth within the county of Norfolk.
Well-known for verbal gaffes however usually regarded with wry affection by Britons, Philip married Elizabeth in 1947 and has been by his spouse’s aspect all through her lengthy reign.
Since retiring from official solo duties in 2017, he has appeared in public alongside the Queen and different members of the royal household at occasions and church companies.
He had profitable hip substitute surgical procedure final 12 months.
The previous naval officer didn’t accompany the Queen to a church service on Christmas Day final month although a royal supply stated he was in good well being.
Kate Williams, a royal historian, stated it might be a blow to Philip if the incident ended his driving days. “He actually loves driving and takes an excellent pleasure in it and have been he not allowed to drive he would discover that fairly painful,” she stated.
There isn’t any authorized age in Britain to cease driving, however after 70 individuals should renew their licence each three years.
Outspoken but intensely non-public, Philip developed a repute for brusque feedback and infrequently headline-grabbing remarks throughout ceremonial occasions.
A stray remark about “slitty eyes” throughout a go to to China within the 1980s grew to become symbolic of his gruff and infrequently unguarded method. Even into his 90s, his off-the-cuff feedback may nonetheless get him into hassle, corresponding to when he exasperatedly swore at a photographer throughout an occasion in 2015.
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