Prince Philip gives up driving licence
Duke of Edinburgh was involved in a car crash in Norfolk on January 17
Prince Philip is putting down the car keys at age 97. Prince Philip, the husband of Queen Elizabeth, gave up his driver’s license, according to a statement released on behalf of the royal family on Saturday, a month after a collision on a rural road north of London raised questions about his abilities behind the wheel.
“After careful consideration, the Duke of Edinburgh has taken the decision to voluntarily surrender his driving license,” said a spokeswoman for Buckingham Palace, referring to Prince Philip by his official royal title.
The Prince was involved in a crash on January 17 near the royal family’s Sandringham estate in Norfolk, about 160 km north of London. His Land Rover SUV overturned after colliding with another vehicle. The driver and a passenger of the other car suffered minor injuries; the Prince and a nine-monthold boy in the other vehicle were unharmed.
No one was charged at the time, though police in Norfolk said on Saturday that the results of their investigation were pending. “The investigation file for the collision has been passed to the Crown Prosecution Service for their consideration,” police said in a statement.
Norfolk police confirmed that Prince Philip had handed over his license to their office and, following standard protocol, they had forwarded it to the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency. Days after the crash, Prince Philip sent a letter of apology to the driver of the other vehicle, a copy of which was published by The Sunday
Mirror. He explained what had happened from his perspective, saying that bright sunlight shining on the main road had impeded his view.
Two days after the crash, Prince Philip was photographed behind the wheel of another vehicle near the Sandringham estate, this time without a seat belt fastened. He was given “suitable words of advice” by an officer after that incident, according to Norfolk police.
British drivers over age 70 must renew their licenses every three years and report any medical conditions to authorities, but there is no upper age limit for driving in the country.
Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip.