Prince Philip, 97, gives up driver's license after car crash


Buckingham Palace said it took the decision on its own after rolling out its Land Rover last month.

"After careful consideration, the Duke of Edinburgh made the decision to voluntarily surrender his driver's license," Buckingham Palace said in a brief statement.

A witness told the British media that Philip left unharmed but "shocked and shaken" by Kia's much smaller hatchback.

Police said a nine-month-old baby in Kia's back seat was not injured. One woman in the vehicle broke her wrist and the other cut her knee.

Philip was heavily criticized by the media for not apologizing quickly and publicly for causing the accident.

The same witness said that Philip had told police that he was "blinded by the sun" when he entered the road without seeing the car approaching.

Critics quit again when Philip was photographed two days later, driving a replacement Range Rover without a seat belt.

Philip retired from public life in 2017 and underwent a hip replacement surgery last April.

He is famous in Britain for his frank manners and his love of speed.

The royal family website says the duke "learned to fly all kinds of aircraft" after passing the Royal Air Force test in 1953.


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