Duke of Edinburgh Prince Philip
Buckingham Palace has said, The Duke of Edinburgh Prince Philip is to voluntarily give up his driving license.
97-year-old duke apologized over a car crash near the Sandringham estate in Norfolk, in which his Land Rover Freelander landed on its side after a crash with a Kia.
Norfolk Police gave him “suitable words of advice” after he was pictured driving without a seat belt two days later.
Buckingham Palace said that he surrendered his license on Saturday.
The palace said in a statement: “after careful consideration the Duke of Edinburgh has taken the decision to voluntarily surrender his driving license.”
Norfolk Police confirmed that the duke had surrendered his license to officers and it would now be returned to the DVLA.
The investigation file for the collision has been passed to the Crown Prosecution Service.
The duke wrote to a woman injured in the crash, which happened on 17 January on the A149 near the Queen’s country estate. He escaped injury, but Emma Fairweather, a passenger in the Kia, broke her wrist.
There were 3 people in Kia, including a nine-month-old baby boy, his mother who was driving and Ms Fairweather, 46.
In the letter to Ms Fairweather, dated 21 January, the duke acknowledged the “very distressing experience”. He wrote, on Sandringham House headed paper, “I would like you to know how very sorry I am for my part in the accident”.
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