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Prince Philip shaken up in vehicle crash

Prince Philip shaken up in vehicle crash

Prince Philip is uninjured after he was involved in a vehicle crash near Queen Elizabeth's Sandringham estate on Thursday, according to a statement from Buckingham Palace.

The Duke of Edinburgh's vehicle accident, which left two people needing hospital treatment, will be "investigated and any appropriate action taken", Norfolk Constabulary has said.

Police said Friday they were still investigating the incident and had not assigned blame.

"Young, predominantly male, drivers are much more likely to crash within six months of passing their test than older drivers within six months of hanging up their keys".

Philip has been driving Land Rovers for decades and is probably drawn to their durability, off-road capabilities and his familiarity with them.

"It will be the Queen, she'll be the only one who can really tell him", the royal writer Seward said.

A spokesperson for the police force has said: "Norfolk Police can confirm officers attended a collision on the A149 at Sandringham today". No alcohol was detected.

Philip walked away from the accident, which happened on Thursday 17 January, relatively unscathed.

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"I was blinded by the sun", the paper quoted him as saying.

The duke retired from official duties in 2017, after more than 22,000 solo engagements before the public.

Despite his stepping down, the prince has still made public appearances for highly-publicized family events, such as his grandchildren's weddings a year ago (Prince Harry's in May and Princess Eugenie's in October). The couple had a fun-filled Christmas as they hosted family members like the Duke and Duchess of Sussex and the Cambridge family for traditional events like movie night, Christmas Day church services and a black-tie dinner on Christmas eve. "The duke has returned to Sandringham". After all, this is the man who startled the Secret Service when he drove USA president Barack and Michelle Obama (as well as Queen Elizabeth II) to Windsor Castle after the American leader and his wife arrived by helicopter on the Windsor estate to wish the Queen a happy 90th birthday in 2016.

The accident stirred up what The Sun described as Britain's "age-old debate" about whether and when the elderly should give up driving. "But will she dare?" The Queen is by his side. The oldest were four people who were 107.

Now in the United Kingdom drivers have to renew their licence on their 70th birthday and then every three years after.

Numerous eyewitnesses scrambled to help the royal get out of his vehicle safely.

Philip has become increasingly frail in his latter years, but is fiercely independent and still drives himself around the royal estates.