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Prince Philip Was Seen Driving in Windsor, Just Months After Voluntarily Surrendering His License

The 97-year-old royal was involved in a serious car accident earlier this year.
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    The Duke of Edinburgh may have voluntarily relinquished his driver's license, but that hasn't entirely stopped him from getting behind the wheel. On Monday, Prince Philip was photographed driving his Land Rover near Windsor Castle on private grounds.

    The picture comes just a few months after the 97-year-old royal was involved in a serious car accident near Sandringham, in which his car collided with another vehicle. Prince Philip was remarkably uninjured in the crash, which fully flipped his Land Rover, but the driver of the other car sustained cuts to her legs, and the passenger broke her wrist. A nine-month-old baby was also in the backseat of their car and was fortunately unharmed.


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    Earlier this month, Prince Philip was also seen carriage driving around the grounds of Windsor castle.

    Following the accident Prince Philip apologized in writing to at least one of the women involved, Emma Fairweather, who has been vocal in the press about the royals' handling of the crash.

    In the letter, which was first published in the Sunday Mirror in late January and confirmed to be real by Buckingham Palace, the Duke of Edinburgh said he was "deeply sorry" and shared that he was "somewhat shaken" by the accident but also "greatly relieved" that no one was seriously injured.

    Philip also seemingly took responsibility for the accident. "I can only imagine that I failed to see the car coming," he wrote, "and I am very contrite about the consequences."

    He was not charged in conjunction with the crash, and voluntarily gave up his license.

    “After careful consideration, The Duke of Edinburgh has taken the decision to voluntarily surrender his driving license,” read a statement from Buckingham Palace at the time.

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    But as People reports, "the Duke is legally allowed to drive without one as long as he is within his private estate’s grounds."

    *This article originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com

    *Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors

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