Queen Elizabeth stopped driving in public after the Prince Philip accident



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The Queen would have given up driving on public roads after the car crash of Prince Philip two months ago.

Her Majesty is the only person in the UK allowed to drive without a license, but agreed to stop driving on the advice of her security staff, according to The Sunday Times.

Instead, it will be conducted on public roads.

While the protocol dictates that the queen needs to be taken to public appointments, despite her age so far, she still enters the driver's seat to bypass her private property and events.

The queen, who turns 93 this month, would be reluctant to give up the privilege.

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Queen Elizabeth's car collection is estimated to cost more than $ 18 million, with royalty favoring such brands as Land Rover, Range Rover, Bentley and Jaguar.

The queen has never had to take a driving test and is able to drive without a license plate as part of the discretionary powers she enjoys as a monarch.

At age 18, Elizabeth, then Princess, trained as a driver and mechanic for the Territorial Auxiliary Women's Service during World War II.

Queen Elizabeth II directing her sons Prince Charles and Princess Anne in Windsor, assisted by a group of spectators in 1957. Photo / Getty Images
Queen Elizabeth II directing her sons Prince Charles and Princess Anne in Windsor, assisted by a group of spectators in 1957. Photo / Getty Images

Since then, she has been a confident pilot, even famous for scaring King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia with her skills.

In 1998, King Abdullah visited the Queen on his estate in Balmoral, with former British ambassador Sherard Cowper-Coles telling The Sunday Times that the Saudi monarch had been unnerved by his rapid driving.

It is estimated that Queen Elizabeth's car collection is worth more than $ 18 million. Photo / Getty Images
It is estimated that Queen Elizabeth's car collection is worth more than $ 18 million. Photo / Getty Images

"As per the instructions, the Crown Prince went up in the front seat of the Land Rover with his interpreter in the back.To his surprise the queen got into the driver's seat, turned the ignition on and left," said Mr. Cowper- Coles. He recalled adding that there was a time when women could not legally run Saudi Arabia.

Her nervousness only increased when the queen, a wartime army driver, sped the Land Rover down the narrow Scottish roads, talking all the time.

Royalty loves its Land Rovers. Photo / Getty Images
Royalty loves its Land Rovers. Photo / Getty Images

"Through his interpreter, the Crown Prince begged the queen to slow down and concentrate on the road ahead."

Prince Philip "voluntarily" handed over his driver's license in February, weeks after his car accident.

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

Prince Philip handed over his driver's license voluntarily after the February car accident. Photo / Getty Images
Prince Philip handed over his driver's license voluntarily after the February car accident. Photo / Getty Images

The Duke of Edinburgh, 97, was arrested after the vehicle he drove collided with a Kia carrying two women and a baby.

He was unharmed but was examined by a doctor.

Both the women and the baby traveling in the Kia received hospital treatment, one for a broken wrist.

The duke would later admit to the police that he was "dazzled by the sun."

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