BEVERLY HILLS, January 18, (THEWILL) – Queen Elizabeth II’s 97-year-old husband, Prince Philip, was “very shocked and shaken” after being involved in a car accident that left his Land Rover flipped on its side.
The duke emerged unharmed but two people in another car were injured in the crash that occurred Thursday when the duke was driving near the Sandringham Estate, according to police and Buckingham Palace.
Norfolk Police said two women, the driver and passenger of a Kia, required hospital treatment but were later discharged.
The BBC reported that Prince Philip’s vehicle turned on its side after pulling out of a Sandringham driveway onto the main road and colliding with the Kia.
Witness Roy Warne, 75, told The Sun newspaper that the Prince was pulled from the wreckage “conscious” but “very shocked and shaken”.
“I saw the car flip,” he said, adding that he rushed to help free the driver before he “suddenly realised it was Prince Philip”.
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 Duke of Edinburgh was involved in a road traffic accident with another vehicle this afternoon,” the palace said in a statement.
“The Duke was not injured. The accident took place close to the Sandringham Estate. Local police attended the scene.”
She added that the duke saw a doctor “as a precaution” who confirmed he was not hurt.
Norfolk Police said, in accordance with the policy in collisions, it breathalysed both drivers.
“We can confirm both drivers were breath tested and provided negative readings,” the force added.
It said officers were called to the estate shortly before 3:00 pm (1500 GMT) “after a Land Rover 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”.
The Press Association reported that there was a passenger in the duke’s vehicle who was likely his close protection officer.