Duke of Edinburgh car crash: Prince Philip 'not injured' after accident on Sandringham Estate

The Duke of Edinburgh has been involved in a road accident while driving close to the Sandringham Estate.

Philip, 97, was not injured in the crash on Thursday afternoon, Buckingham Palace said.

Norfolk Police said officers were called to the Sandringham Estate shortly before 3pm “following reports of a collision involving two cars”.

A spokesman added that police and ambulance crews attended and two people in one of the vehicles suffered minor injuries.

A Buckingham Palace spokeswoman confirmed the duke was driving when the accident happened.

She added: “He saw a doctor as a precaution and the doctor confirmed he was not injured.”

The spokeswoman would not comment on who Philip’s passenger was but it is likely the duke was travelling with his close protection officer.

Prince Philip was involved in the crash on Thursday afternoon (PA, file pic)
Prince Philip was involved in the crash on Thursday afternoon (PA, file pic)

Archbishop of York John Sentamu said on Twitter: “Almighty God, the Fountain of all Goodness,We humbly beseech thee to bless Philip Duke of Edinburgh:Endue him with thy Holy Spirit; enrich him with thy Heavenly Grace; prosper him with all happiness; and bring him to thine everlasting kingdom, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.”

The duke is no stranger to the driving seat, and was seen with very famous passengers in a Range Rover in 2016.

Philip showed the former US President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle the personal touch when he drove them and the Queen to Windsor Castle after the Marine One presidential helicopter landed close to the monarch’s Berkshire home during their visit to the UK in April 2016.

Even in his 80s, the duke continued to compete in demanding carriage driving competitions, and has previously pulled muscles in his back while driving his horse-drawn carriage.

In 2017, he joked how the rough and tumble of carriage driving left his “Balmoral dog cart” smashed up regularly.

In his first interview since he announced his retirement, Philip told how he took up the sport of carriage driving when he gave up polo aged 50.

He was instrumental in helping to establish the sport and took part well into his 80s, but gave up competitions some years ago.

Prince Philip retired from public duties in summer 2017, aged 96, after having completed 22,219 solo engagements since 1952. He now divides his time between the Sandringham estate, Balmoral and Windsor.

In April 2018, he was admitted to the King Edward VII for a planned hip replacement and was discharged the following day. Six weeks later he attended his grandson Prince Harry’s wedding to Meghan Markle and was also present at granddaughter Princess Eugenie’s nuptials in October 2018.