Prince Philip gives up driving licence

Prince Philip will no longer be in the driving seat of his beloved Land Rover

Prince Philip was badly shaken up but conscious after the accident, and a passer-by helped him climb out of the sunroof of his Land Rover, which lay on its side.

Buckingham Palace announced on Saturday that the 97-year-old husband of Queen Elizabeth II, father of Prince Charles and grandfather of Prince William and Prince Harry had made the decision himself.

"After careful consideration, the Duke of Edinburgh has taken the decision to voluntarily surrender his driving license", the palace said in a statement obtained by AP.

Philip escaped without injury on January 17 when the Land Rover he was driving flipped in a collision with a auto close to the royals' Sandringham residence in eastern England.

The other driver, a 28-year-old woman, suffered cuts to her knee and a 45-year-old woman passenger in the vehicle, which also had a nine-month-old baby on board, sustained a broken wrist.

He escaped injury but passenger Emma Fairweather broke her wrist and called for the duke to be prosecuted if he was found to be at a fault.

Friend and biographer Gyles Brandreth previously told PEOPLE that Philip would reluctantly accept that he has to give up driving in public if he was advised to do so. I have since learned that you suffered a broken arm.

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"I would like you to know how very sorry I am for my part in the accident at the Babingley cross-roads", Prince Philip said.

The sun was blamed for hindering his vision and he wrote he was "very contrite about the consequences" of the collision.

Philip also wished Fairweather a "speedy recovery from a very distressing experience".

Elder UK royal Prince Philip, the husband of the nation's longest-reigning monarch, has turned in his auto keys at the age of 97, according to reports.

Police said Philip and the other driver both passed blood-alcohol breath tests.

The critics were out again when Philip was photographed two days later driving a replacement Range Rover without a seatbelt.

"The Duke has returned to Sandringham", a palace spokesperson said. According to reports, the Duke of Edinburgh was subsequently offered "suitable words of advice" by a Norfolk police officer.

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