Prince Philip has been left ‘very shocked and shaken’ after his Land Rover flipped and collided with another car near the Sandringham Estate.
The 97-year-old Duke of Edinburgh was thankfully unharmed in the incident, however, two people in the other car were treated for minor injuries.
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 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.”
Onlookers told the BBC that they helped the duke out of his Land Rover and he was “conscious but very, very shocked and shaken”.
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?
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 royal’s crash comes after last year saw him undergo hip replacement surgery in April, before falling in the bath and cracking a rib just six weeks later.
Prince Philip attended the wedding of his grandson Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, despite his injuries, as he was determined to appear without any form of walking aid.
And just weeks after his hip surgery, Philip was already walking without the use of crutches, after spending nine days on bed rest following his operation on April 4.
“The duke is already walking unaided. He has amazing willpower. When he sets his mind to something he gets on and does it,” a source said at the time.
“He has been walking up and down stairs several times in succession.
“He has also been charging across rooms at full speed. He even had to be told to slow down.”
Prince Philip retired from public duties in summer 2017, aged 96, after having completed 22,219 solo engagements since 1952.
With extra reporting by Bang Showbiz
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