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Prince Charles shaken after collision with a deer

The Guardian logo The Guardian 15/09/2016 Haroon Siddique
Prince Charles in a car: A spokesman for Clarence House refused to comment on the crash. © Beretta/Sims/REX/Shutterstock A spokesman for Clarence House refused to comment on the crash.

Prince Charles’s car has been involved in a collision with a deer at Balmoral, it has been reported. 

The 67-year-old heir to the throne was uninjured but shaken by the incident, which took place over the weekend, according to the Mirror. It said the condition of the deer was unknown.

The Audi the prince was driving was reportedly damaged in the collision at the Queen’s Aberdeenshire estate and sent away for repairs.

A spokesman for Clarence House declined to comment on the crash.

Between 40,000 and 75,000 deer are killed in collisions on the UK’s roads every year, according to the AA. Road accidents involving the animals result in more than 450 human injuries a year, as well as several deaths, and cause £11m of damage to vehicles.

Unlike with some other animals, drivers who hit a deer are not obliged to stop or report the incident to the police.

The Queen is patron of the RSPCA and Charles could take over the role if she steps down. But in the past he has taken different views to the animal welfare charity over issues such as badger culling and hunting.

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