The Duke of Edinburgh has been involved in a car crash while behind the wheel close to the Sandringham Estate.

Buckingham Palace says Prince Philip was not injured in the collision.

Pictures from the scene show the 97-year-old’s Range Rover overturned on the side of the road and the heavily damaged vehicle close to a recovery truck.

Prince Philip car crash
Image: The heavily damaged Range Rover is seen behind a recovery vehicle

Another passenger was in the vehicle at the time of the crash. While a spokeswoman would not comment on who this was, it was likely his close protection officer.

The Duke of Edinburgh leaving the Queen's Christmas lunch at Buckingham Palace
Image: Prince Philip has seen a doctor as a precautionary measure. File pic

A palace spokesperson said: “The Duke of Edinburgh was involved in a road traffic accident with another vehicle on Thursday afternoon.

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

Prince Philip driving the Obamas and the Queen into Windsor Castle on the president's state visit in 2016
Image: Prince Philip driving the Obamas and the Queen into Windsor Castle on the president’s state visit in 2016

Norfolk Police said officers were called to the estate shortly before 3pm “following reports of a collision involving two cars”.

Rhiannon Mills, Sky’s royal correspondent, said: “From what I understand, Prince Philip has been seen by a doctor since that accident took place.

“I’m told that was a precautionary measure and that he is doing fine and that we should not be unduly concerned.

Queen Elizabeth II talking to the Duke of Edinburgh during the Royal Windsor Horse Show at Windsor Castle in May 2018
Image: The Duke of Edinburgh talks to the Queen from his car in May 2018

“Obviously, the fact that he is 97 years old will bring with it its own concerns. He is of course very independent and he has been a very active man.

“He has been trying to stay as active as possible since he retired from public duties. We also know that he is spending time at the moment on the Sandringham Estate with his wife, the Queen.

“They spend time there during the Christmas period and right through until February – until the date which marks the death of the Queen’s father.

The Duke of Edinburgh leaving the King Edward VII's Hospital in London after recovering from a planned surgery in April 2018
Image: The Duke of Edinburgh underwent surgery in 2018 – months after retiring from public duties

“Prince Philip has been spending a great deal of time on the Sandringham Estate anyway since he retired from public duties.”

The Duke of Edinburgh took the step back from engagements in 2017, and underwent a hip replacement in May last year.

John Sentamu, the Archbishop of York, tweeted his best wishes, urging God to “bless Philip Duke of Edinburgh”.

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The incident is bound to raise questions about whether the 97-year-old duke is still able to drive safely.

While there is no legal age at which you must stop driving, by law, you have to renew your licence at least 90 days before reaching the age of 70, and then every three years after that.

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