Prince Philip was breath tested right after he flipped his Land Rover in a frightening crash near the Sandringham Estate.
The 97-year-old Duke of Edinburgh collided with a Kia at about 3pm, when he pulled out of a driveway onto the A149 in Babingley, Norfolk, just beside Sandringham.
Philip and the driver of the Kia were both breath tested on the scene by police and both of them returned negative results.
The female passenger in the Kia was taken to hospital, where she was treated for an injury to her arm.
The Duke of Edinburgh walked away from the crash, despite shocking images showing his black Land Rover on its side, with the windscreen smashed.
Onlookers told the BBC that they helped the duke out of his Land Rover and he was “conscious but very, very shocked and shaken”.
Philip’s 92-year-old wife, Queen Elizabeth, is said to be by his side as he recovers from the shock of the day.
The duke was taken back to the Sandringham Estate, where he was given the all-clear by a royal doctor.
But the question remaining for many is, why is 97-year-old Philip driving on a public road?
The UK’s DVLA requires drivers to renew their licence every three years after they reach the age of 70, however there is no maximum age at which anyone can hold a licence.
According to Buckingham Palace, the Duke holds a valid driver’s licence, unlike the Queen, who – thanks to her powers as the Sovereign – is the only person in Britain who does not need a driver’s licence to get behind the wheel.
“The Duke of Edinburgh was involved in a road traffic accident with another vehicle this afternoon,” Buckingham Palace said in a statement.
“The duke was not injured. The accident took place close to the Sandringham Estate. Local police attended the scene.”
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