Prince gives up driver’s li­cense

Albuquerque Journal - - NATION & WORLD -

When Bri­tain’s Prince Philip flipped his Land Rover last month and mirac­u­lously walked away from what could have been a deadly ac­ci­dent, many won­dered how long it would take for Queen Elizabeth II to ask him to hand over his keys for good.

The an­swer? About three weeks.

Buck­ing­ham Palace an­nounced Satur­day that “after care­ful con­sid­er­a­tion,” the 97-year-old “has taken the de­ci­sion to vol­un­tar­ily sur­ren­der his driv­ing li­cense.”

The crash earned quite a bit of at­ten­tion in Bri­tain, where many didn’t re­al­ize the queen’s hus­band, the Duke of Edinburgh, still drove. It’s un­clear what ex­actly led to the crash be­tween his Land Rover and an­other driver’s Kia, which was car­ry­ing a 9-month-old baby. The baby sur­vived the crash un­harmed, al­though the Kia’s driver had a bro­ken wrist and the other adult in the ve­hi­cle was treated for cuts.

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