PIC: Prince Philip spotted cruising in new ride without a seat belt after car crash

Prince Philip. (Photo: Getty Images)
Prince Philip. (Photo: Getty Images)

London — Two days after escaping uninjured from a car accident, Prince Philip was spotted behind the wheel of a new car - without his seat belt on.

Shortly after the Duke of Edinburgh was involved in a two-car collision near to the Queen's Sandringham estate in Norfolk, a new Land Rover was delivered to the royal residence.

Philip was later photographed driving the car without his seat belt, prompting police to issue a warning, The New York Times reports.

Norfolk Police said "suitable words of advice have been given to the driver," adding that the advice given to Philip was "in line with our standard response when being made aware of such images showing this type of offense."

Buckingham Palace didn't comment on the images.


The Duke of Edinburgh was involved in a violent collision on Thursday in which two women in a Kia car were injured. A 9-month-old baby boy in the Kia was unhurt. Philip had to be helped out of his overturned vehicle but wasn't injured.

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The palace said on Friday that Philip and the queen had privately contacted the other people in the crash and exchanged good wishes.

But Emma Fairweather, who broke her wrist in the collision, told Mirror newspaper that she had not heard from the palace.

"I still haven't had any contact from the royal household," she said. "Maybe he should prioritise that over test driving his new car."

The 46-year-old said "it would mean the world to me" if Philip offered an apology.


Police haven't disclosed who was at fault for the crash, which happened after Philip drove onto a main road from a side road near the royal family's Sandringham estate, 100 miles (160km) north of London.

The queen and Philip have been on an extended Christmas break in Sandringham, their holiday tradition for many years.

The accident — and Philip's subsequent driving apparently without using a seatbelt — is raising questions about his continued use of public roadways.

Buckingham Palace says Philip has a valid driver's license. There is no upper age limit for licensing drivers in Britain, although drivers over 70 are required to renew their licenses every three years and tell authorities about any medical conditions that might raise safety issues.

Philip passed a vision test on Saturday as part of the investigation into the accident.

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