Prince Philip, 97, gives up licence after car crash

Prince Philip, 97, gives up licence after car crash

Queen Elizabeth II's 97-year-old husband Prince Philip on Saturday surrendered his driving licence after causing a car crash that outraged the media and stirred a debate about old age and driving.

Prince Philip
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Buckingham Palace said Philip took the decision on his own after rolling over his Land Rover last month.

"After careful consideration the Duke of Edinburgh has taken the decision to voluntarily surrender his driving licence," Buckingham Palace said in a brief statement.
Police in the eastern part of England where the accident happened outside a royal residence said they had passed Philip's file to prosecutors to determine whether anyone should be charged.
"Norfolk Police can confirm that the 97-year-old driver of the Land Rover involved in the collision at Sandringham ... voluntarily surrendered his licence to officers," said a police statement.
"The investigation file for the collision has been passed to the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) for their consideration."
A CPS spokesman said the service "will take this development into account" as it studies Philip's case.
Few royal watchers seriously expect the duke to be punished by the police.

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