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The Duke of Edinburgh has been involved in a car crash while driving near the Queen’s Sandringham estate, Buckingham Palace has said.

Prince Philip, 97, was not injured in the accident, which happened as he drove a Range Rover out of a driveway onto the A1 49 shortly before 15:00 GMT.

Buckingham Palace said the crash involved another gondola, and two beings in it were treated for minor injuries.

Eyewitnesses said the car that the duke was in overturned.

They said they helped the duke out of the vehicle. He was conscious but extremely, extremely offended and shaken, they added.

The duke is back at Sandringham and has construed medical doctors as a precaution.

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Media captionThe BBC’s Nicholas Witchell says the Duke regularly drives in the Sandringham area

Another eyewitness who drove past the disintegrate vistum – near village representatives called Babingley – at around 15:40 said she saw an ambulance and “a heavy police presence”.

“I was just going down the A149 … and assured a lot of blue flashing light-coloreds onward, ” she said. “I understood a pitch-black, 4×4 form gondola on its slope and me and my son were like ‘oh my parole, that doesn’t look good’.

“Luckily it was just sort of on the side of the road, the road wasn’t closed in any way.

“Obviously it ogled quite crushed in. I’m quite amazed he[ the duke] is okay actually.”

Nick Cobb, a long-time Babingley resident, was driving past with his 16 -year-old daughter Emily at about 15:10 GMT when they spotted an invalidated vehicle about 100 yards from their house.

“The Range Rover was on its side on a private road.

“The other automobile was well into the hedge on the opposite side of the road.

“There was lots of debris in the road, lots of glass and lots of other cars, some police cars, some from the Sandringham Estate and about six everyday see automobiles that appeared as though they had stopped to help.

Image caption Smashed glass and parts of a auto left at the roadside at the scene of the crash

“We simply found out that it was the duke’s car when we discovered it on the report. The superhighway was not blocked by the crash and was open when we came past.”

The BBC’s Nic Rigby, at the panorama, says all that’s left are bits of ended glass and the remnants of a offstage mirror.

It has been a chilly epoch, he adds, and there were small spurts of snow in parts of Norfolk, but nothing that distressed the district roads.

The Queen and Prince Philip have been staying at the possession in Norfolk since Christmas.

The Archbishop of York, John Sentamu, tweeted a devotion in support to the duke, and later another one for the two other people involved in the accident.

Analysis: ‘Surprise that the duke still drives’

By BBC royal correspondent Jonny Dymond

There will be various sharp-worded uptakes of sigh over this accident.

The first will be over the good news – that the Duke escaped unscathed. A photo of what is believed to be the accident shows what looks like a Range Rover resting on its passenger side, having turned or flipped as a result of the collision. That must have been some impact.

The duke was, a witness told the BBC, “very exceedingly shocked”. But the Palace says the duke was not disabled and did not need medical treatment.

The duke is five months short of his 98 th birthday. By anyone’s standards, going away from an accident like that unhurt is pretty impressive.

There will be some astound that the duke still drives himself on public superhighways. But he has always been furiously independent, and would have refused any suggestion that he be denied the right to drive himself.

And there will now be an investigation into the circumstances of the accident. It might be that the duke is about to be persuaded to give up the wheel.

Royal biographer Hugo Vickers told BBC News: “Any kind of car accident at the age of 97 is likely to produce shock.

“Some years ago he gave up flying airliners long before he needed to because he was scared that if something happened there would be a lot of review.

“You know, why was he, at the age of 55, still flying a plane when he should have retired at 48 or something like that.

“So he does listen to these things – he’s exceedingly, very sensible.

“If anyone’s involved in a car accident, it’s quite a frightening thing. If he thought that he’d lost concentration or something or he hadn’t seen mortal he would realise he’s not up to it anymore.”

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The president of the AA, Edmund King said high profile car disintegrates involving elderly operators often spark calls for restrictions or restrictions on older drivers.

But he included: “If driving restraints based on age and safety were introduced we would be more likely to restrict young operators rather than older drivers.

“Young, mainly male, operators are much more likely to crash within six months of delivering their exam than older moves within six months of hanging up their keys.

“Older motorists often self limit their driving by not driving at night and merely driving on familiar roads.”

The duke famously drove the Obamas when the then-US president and first lady inspected Windsor in 2016.

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Prince Philip was 94 where reference is drove the Obamas and his wife, the Queen

A discussion on whether to introduced median rapidity cameras on the pull of the A149 where the duke’s crash happened had already been planned by Norfolk County Council on Friday – prior to the crash.

Prince Philip retired from public life in August 2017having spent decades supporting the Queen and attending affairs for his own kindness and organisations.

Buckingham Palace calculated he had completed 22,219 solo commitments since 1952.

Since retiring from official solo roles, he has appeared in public alongside the Queen and other members of the royal family at affairs and church services.

He did not attend the Royal Family’s Christmas Day service at Sandringham last month.

Where the clang happened: Bablingley

Babingley is a small village north of Kings Lynn in Norfolk in the parish of Sandringham.

It is mentioned in the Domesday book and is now home to about 19 tenanted shacks all owned by the Sandringham Estate.

There is a stream and the remains of a medieval stone cross, as well as a faith, a farm and a team room that was opened by the royal family in 1913.

The village is bisected by the A1 49 and consists of two groups of habitations, the ones at the top are known as Babingley Cross or Butler’s Cross and those at the bottom are announced Felines Bottom.

Source: Babingley Nick

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