Prince Philip unhurt in traffic accident

Queen Elizabeth's 97-year-old husband Prince Philip escaped uninjured from a vehicle crash while driving on Thursday near the Sandringham estate in eastern England.

The palace reported that Philip was driving the SUV and pulling out of a driveway onto a two-lane road when the accident occurred.

Mr Warne said: 'I was driving home and I saw a vehicle - a black Land Rover - come out from the side road on the right and there was a huge collision with another auto'.

A palace spokesperson said: "The Duke of Edinburgh was involved in a road traffic accident with another vehicle on Thursday afternoon".

Several witnesses said the road was not closed, but many confirmed that much activity surrounding the crash scene.

Although not everyone has worded it quite as strongly as Burke, Philip's crash has sparked a debate about elderly people driving - with some people suggesting that once motorists hit a certain age, they should give up driving or have to carry out a re-test.

CTV News Royal commentator Richard Berthelsen says there has been "concern" over Prince Philip continuing to drive in his advanced years.

The authority is expected to lower the maximum speed limit from 60mph to 50mph and approve installing average speed cameras on the road.

An active man throughout his life, Prince Philip is notoriously impatient and does not take kindly to being told what he can and cannot do.

Norfolk Constabulary said in a statement: 'As is standard procedure with injury collisions, the incident will be investigated and any appropriate action taken.

She added that the duke saw a doctor "as a precaution" who confirmed he was not hurt.

Currently, British drivers have to reapply for their licence at the age of 70, and every three years thereafter, by self-certifying their sight is good enough to read a numberplate at 20 metres, and that they have no medical condition that prevents them from driving.

There is no suggestion speeding was involved in this incident but eyewitness Roy Warne, 75, said the Landrover "came across the A149 like a somersault. It was a horrendous accident, it's just incredible that nobody was seriously injured".

"We can confirm both drivers were breath tested and provided negative readings".

The duke, who retired from public duties in 2017 but remains active, could also avoid prosecution by surrendering his licence, according to the lawyer known for representing celebrity clients like David Beckham.

The monarch and her longtime love have been at Sandringham since starting their annual holiday in December.

  • Marlene Weaver