Prince Philip in car accident near Sandringham estate

Queen Elizabeth’s 97-year-old husband said to be ‘very shaken’ but not injured

Queen Elizabeth's husband, Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, was involved in a traffic accident while driving on Thursday near the Sandringham estate, Buckingham Palace said.

The 97 year old was not hurt.

“The Duke of Edinburgh was involved in a road traffic accident with another vehicle this afternoon,” said the palace’s statement.

“The Duke was not injured. The accident took place close to the Sandringham Estate.”

Local police attended the scene, the palace added.

The BBC reported that Philip was driving a Range Rover and that the vehicle landed on its side after a collision.

It quoted a witness as saying the Duke was very shaken.

A palace spokeswoman later confirmed the Duke was at the wheel and that he was checked by a doctor afterwards.

He did not go to hospital and was now back at Sandringham.

The former naval officer did not accompany the Queen to a church service on Christmas Day last month, though a royal source said he was in good health.

Philip, who had successful hip-replacement surgery last year, retired from public life in 2017. – Reuters