Prince Philip gives up driv­ing li­cence

Duke of Ed­in­burgh was in­volved in a car crash in Nor­folk on Jan­uary 17

The Hindu - - WORLD - Me­gan Spe­cia

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.

An­other in­ci­dent

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.

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Bri­tain’s Queen El­iz­a­beth II and Prince Philip.

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