Tuesday , July 27 2021

Prince Philip of the United Kingdom, 97, driving back



The Duke of Edinburgh was photographed driving the new Land Rover Freelander on his wife's private estate of Sandringham on Saturday.

Prince Philip of Great Britain. Image: AFP

LONDON (Reuters) – Prince Philip of Britain has been accused by police of driving without a seat belt – just two days after the 97-year-old man survived a car accident.

Images published in newspapers on Sunday seem to show Queen Elizabeth II's husband at the wheel of his replacement SUV.

The Duke of Edinburgh was photographed driving the new Land Rover Freelander on his wife's private estate of Sandringham on Saturday.

The prince was involved in a car crash Thursday near the rural residence in Norfolk, East England, where his Freelander turned. The other vehicle involved, a Kia, contained two women and a nine-month-old baby.

The accident happened when the royal patriarch stepped off a side road onto a busy main road.

A Norfolk Police spokeswoman said the force was aware of photographs taken on Saturday and that "the appropriate words of advice were given to the driver."

She said, "This is in line with our standard response to being told of such images showing this type of crime."

The prince stepped away from Thursday's accident but was not injured, according to a passerby who helped him out of the vehicle.

The passenger of the Kia suffered a broken wrist and the driver suffered cuts in the knee.

In a statement on Friday, Norfolk Constabulary said: "As it is a standard procedure with injury collisions, the incident will be investigated and any appropriate action will be taken."


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