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Prince Philip visited hospital after Land Rover crash

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Prince Philip was taken to hospital today after his Land Rover overturned while he was behind the wheel yesterday.

After the crash near the Queen's Sandringham Estate in Norfolk, Buckingham Palace said the 97-year-old was uninjured.

However, in a statement today the palace said that the Duke of Edinburgh had 'no injuries of concern'. 

Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh wearing a suit and tie: The Duke of Edinburgh was involved in a 'nasty' crash © Credits: PA The Duke of Edinburgh was involved in a 'nasty' crash

A Buckingham Palace spokesman said:

"On doctor's advice, The Duke of Edinburgh visited the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King's Lynn this morning for a precautionary check-up.

"This confirmed His Royal Highness had no injuries of concern.

"The Duke has returned to Sandringham.”

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Prince Philip and the driver of the other vehicle, a Kia, were both breath tested at the scene by Norfolk Police officers.

Both provided a negative result and an investigation is ongoing. 

The other driver, a 28-year-old woman, suffered cuts to her knee and a 45-year-old woman passenger in the car, which also had a nine-month-old baby on board, sustained a broken wrist. They were taken to hospital but later released.

a fire hydrant sitting in the grass: Debris at the scene where Prince Philip was involved in a traffic accident yesterday © REUTERS Debris at the scene where Prince Philip was involved in a traffic accident yesterday

It has been reported that bystanders at the scene of the crash overheard Philip telling police that the sun had got into his eyes.

The cause of the crash is under investigation.

"It was an astonishing escape for everyone," said Roy Warne, 75, who pulled the prince from the wreckage.

"People could have been killed. The impact must have been enormous," Warne, who was driving home with his wife when he saw the collision, told TV reporters.

"He's a very brave man. He didn't make a big fuss about it and he went to ask everyone else if they were injured."

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A wing mirror surrounded by shattered glass and broken plastic was left on the side of the Hunstanton-bound carriageway after the two vehicles were recovered, with tyre tracks across the verge.

The duke, who retired from public duties in the summer of 2017 and last April had a hip replacement operation, is known to remain active.

He was photographed in the summer driving a carriage, although he has given up competing competitively with the horse-drawn transport.

But with the Queen's consort in his 98th year there may be calls from some for the duke to give up driving.

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Edmund King, AA president, said: "Young, predominantly male, drivers are much more likely to crash within six months of passing their test than older drivers within six months of hanging up their keys.

"Older drivers often self-restrict their driving by not driving at night and only driving on familiar roads.

"The decision to hang up your keys is a tough one but should be based on personal advice from your GP and family, rather than being based on some arbitrary age."

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