Prince Philip has been spotted behind the wheel of his brand new Land Rover today just two days after flipping his car in a horror crash.
The Duke of Edinburgh, 97, could be seen driving the car on his own without a seatbelt into the main entrance gate to the Sandringham estate on Saturday afternoon.
It comes less than 48 hours after he was left bloodied and shaken after his car ‘somersaulted across the road’ after colliding with a Kia on the A149 in Babingley, Norfolk.
Prince Philip has been spotted behind the wheel of his brand new Land Rover today just two days after flipping his car in a horror crash
And, astonishingly, the Queen was later pictured driving on a public road little more than a mile from the scene of the accident without a seatbelt.
Witnesses revealed the 97-year-old was shaking and pleading ‘get me out’ after his Land Rover crashed while he was out driving alone without a protection officer.
A motorist who swerved around the wreckage said the duke was ‘hanging from his seat’ and saying ‘my leg is trapped’. Four rescuers had to free him from his upturned vehicle.
Palace officials admitted last night that Philip was taken to hospital on doctors’ advice, despite initially insisting he was unhurt.
It also emerged last night that a nine-month-old boy and two women were in the car that hit the prince’s vehicle as he pulled out onto a main road near the Queen’s Sandringham estate in Norfolk.
None of the trio were seriously injured and the Duke of Edinburgh exchanged ‘well-wishes’ with them.
The Duke of Edinburgh could be seen driving the car, which was was delivered yesterday, into the main entrance gate to the Sandringham estate on Saturday afternoon
It comes less than 48 hours after he was left bloodied and shaken after his car ‘somersaulted across the road’ after colliding with a Kia on the A149 in Babingley, Norfolk
However he is now facing a police probe over the accident – which could lead to a charge of dangerous driving – and could be forced to surrender his driving licence.
Despite this, a replacement Land Rover Freelander, bearing his distinctive number plate, was delivered to Sandringham yesterday.
It has now emerged that the female driver of the Kia, 28, sat in a police car wrapped in a paramedics jacket while cradling her nine-month-old son in the aftermath of the crash.
The shocked mother hurt her knee which had to be wrapped in a dressing.
Her 45-year-old mother suffered a broken wrist and was taken to hospital but was later discharged. The baby, who was rescued from the Kia’s back seat, appears to have been unhurt.
Norfolk Police said the force would investigate the crash, meaning the duke is likely to be interviewed by officers. A statement said: ‘As is standard procedure with injury collisions, the incident will be investigated and any appropriate action taken.’
A driver claims Prince Philip almost crashed into her as near Sandringham estate before his shocking crash on Thursday (pictured)
The female driver of the Kia, 28, can be seen sitting in a police car cradling her nine-month-old (circled) baby in the aftermath of the crash
Motoring experts said it was likely police would ask Philip to voluntarily surrender his driver’s licence because of his age.
A royal spokesman confirmed last night that he was taken to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King’s Lynn yesterday morning for a precautionary check-up on doctor’s advice but ‘had no injuries of concern’.
The spokesman added: ‘Contact has been made privately with the passengers in the other car and well-wishes exchanged.’
Under UK law it is compulsory to wear a seatbelt if there is one fitted but the Queen is immune from any civil or criminal proceedings. Buckingham Palace insisted the monarch was careful to ensure she privately complied with the law.
When asked if Philip had ever passed a driving test, a royal spokesman made no comment.
The Queen was spotted driving her Range Rover without a seatbelt a day after Prince Philip’s crash, little more than a mile from the scene of her husband’s accident
Motoring experts said it was likely police would ask Philip (pictured at the wheel near Balmoral last year) to voluntarily surrender his driver’s licence because of his age
It also emerged that in the aftermath of the accident, Philip was able to walk over and ask the occupants of the other car: ‘Is everyone else alright?’
It is thought that his Land Rover may have been armoured, which could have helped protect him.
Retired barrister Roy Warne and grandfather Glenn Watson bravely rushed to help Philip out of the wreckage.
Mr Warne said: ‘I was driving home and I saw a car – a black Land Rover – come out from the side road on the right and there was a huge collision with another car.’
Witnesses yesterday revealed the 97-year-old was shaking and pleading ‘get me out’ after his Land Rover crashed (aftermath pictured) while he was alone and without a protection officer
A motorist who swerved around the wreckage (aftermath of crash pictured) said the duke was ‘hanging from his seat’ and saying ‘my leg is trapped’. Four rescuers had to free him from his upturned Land Rover
Philip is believed to have just left Sandringham, marked in red, and was turning on to the A149 at this junction when he collided with a Kia and his car cartwheeled on to the other side of the road, circled blue