Prince Philip screamed “My legs!” as he was pulled from the wreckage of his Land Rover which crashed into another car close to the Queen’s Sandringham Estate this afternoon, it has been reported.
The 97-year-old miraculously walked away unharmed after his car overturned following a collision with another vehicle on the A149 at Babingley, Norfolk.
Prince Philip was trapped inside and reportedly told rescuers: “My legs! Where should I put my legs?”
Both he and the driver of the other vehicle, a Kia, had their breath tested and provided a negative reading, Norfolk Police said.
Eyewitnesses described the 97-year-old as shocked and shaken after the crash and they told the BBC that they helped the duke out of the vehicle.
The Queen’s husband of more than 70 years was “pulling out of a driveway onto the A149 when the accident happened”.
There was another person in the vehicle, thought to be a close protection officer, who was also unharmed.
Two people in the other car were treated for minor injuries, Norfolk Police said.
Dramatic pictures show the vehicle on its side after the nasty collision with another car just after 3pm today.
A man who witnessed the immediate aftermath of the smash said: “It looked really nasty. The whole front of it was smashed up and there were people there being questioned by police.”
A witness who drove past the scene at around 3.40pm told the BBC: “Obviously it (the vehicle) looked quite smashed in. I’m quite amazed he [the duke] is okay actually.”
Local police attended the scene. The duke was taken from the scene back to Sandringham where he was seen by a doctor who deemed him fit and in good health.
The Queen is now by his side.
The monarch and her husband have been staying in Sandringham since Christmas.
Under UK driving laws, people have to reapply for their licence once they turn 70. After that, they have to submit a new application every three years.
The duke retired from royal duties in August 2017 and underwent a hip replacement in May last year.
He did not join the Royal Family for their Christmas Day church service.
Buckingham Palace calculated he had completed 22,219 solo engagements since 1952.
The full statement from Buckingham Palace reads: “The Duke of Edinburgh was involved in a road traffic accident with another vehicle this afternoon.
“The Duke was not injured. The accident took place close to the Sandringham Estate.”
The duke famously drove the Obamas when the then-US president and first lady visited Windsor in 2016.
A police spokesman said: “We were called to the scene at around 3pm to reports of a two vehicle collision.
“The road is not blocked. Recovery has been called and we are at the scene waiting for them to arrive.”
Norfolk Police is investigating the incident and a full investigation is taking place, it is understood.
The duke has suffered a string of minor health issues in recent years although he has remained largely mobile and independent, particularly given his advancing years.
The president of the AA, Edmund King said high profile car crashes involving elderly drivers often spark calls for bans or restrictions on older drivers.
But he added: “If driving restrictions based on age and safety were introduced we would be more likely to restrict young drivers rather than older drivers.
“Young, predominantly male, drivers are much more likely to crash within six months of passing their test than older drivers within six months of hanging up their keys.
“Older drivers often self restrict their driving by not driving at night and only driving on familiar roads.”