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Two women hospitalised in car crash with Britain's Prince Philip that left royal uninjured

The Duke of Edinburgh and the other driver were both breathalysed after the crash.
Jan 17th 2019, 6:37 PM 93,983 92

Updated Jan 17th 2019, 10:20 PM

BRITAIN’S PRINCE PHILIP emerged unscathed from a road traffic crash in an incident in which two women in the other car were injured.

The crash happened near the Sandringham Estate in Norfolk with images showing Prince Philip’s Land Rover on its side following the collision.

Police said in a statement that both the Duke of Edinburgh and the driver of the other car were breathalysed, as per policy, after the crash. 

“We can confirm both drivers were breath tested and provided negative readings,” the force said.

Police said officers were called to the estate shortly before 3pm “after a Landrover and Kia were involved in a collision”.

“The male driver of the Land Rover was uninjured,” it added.

The female driver of the Kia suffered cuts while the female passenger sustained an arm injury, both requiring hospital treatment.

They were later discharged from a local hospital, police said.

Buckingham Palace also confirmed that the 97-year-old royal was not injured in the crash. 

The Duke of Edinburgh was involved in a road traffic accident with another vehicle this afternoon. The Duke was not injured. The accident took place close to the Sandringham Estate. Local police attended the scene.

BBC News reported that Prince Philip’s vehicle flipped on its side after pulling out of a Sandringham driveway onto a main road and colliding with the other car.

Eyewitnesses said they helped the duke out of the vehicle and he was conscious “but very, very shocked and shaken”.

Another said they drove by at about 3.10pm to see the aftermath of the crash. 

The [Land Rover] was on its side on a private road. The other car was well into the hedge on the opposite side of the road. There was lots of debris in the road, lots of glass and lots of other cars, some police cars, some from the Sandringham Estate and about six ordinary looking cars that looked as though they had stopped to help.

An image from the accident scene published by a local radio station showed two cars by the side of the road, one on its side with a smashed windscreen and another a few yards away in bushes.

The Press Association reported a passenger in the duke’s vehicle was likely his close protection officer.

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Duke of Edinburgh car crash The scene where the Duke of Edinburgh's car crashed. Source: PA Images


Prince Philip and his wife Queen Elizabeth II spend most of the winter at the residence in Norfolk, southeast England, which continues to operate as a sporting estate.

He formally retired from public life in 2017 but is known to value his independence, including driving.

He has been seen behind the wheel on numerous occasions over the decade, including with world leaders and dignitaries as his passengers.

In 2016, alongside the Queen he drove former US President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle around Windsor Castle in a Range Rover after they landed nearby in the presidential helicopter.

- With reporting by © – AFP 2019 

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