British Prince Philip surrenders driver's license after automobile accident in January

Prince Philip Duke of Edinburgh bids farewell to Spain's King Felipe and Queen Letizia at Buckingham Palace in London Britain

Prince Philip Duke of Edinburgh bids farewell to Spain's King Felipe and Queen Letizia at Buckingham Palace in London Britain

"After careful consideration the Duke of Edinburgh has taken the decision to voluntarily surrender his driving licence", the Buckingham Palace statement said.

Prince Philip was involved in a auto accident on January 17 in which he was uninjured but his vehicle landed on its side after colliding with a Kia near the royal family's estate at Sandringham.

It comes nearly a month after the accident, in which his Land Rover was overturned on a crossroads near the Queen's Norfolk estate.

The Duke of Edinburgh has voluntarily handed his driver's license in at the grand age of 97 years old, just weeks after he was involved in a auto accident.

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Buckingham Palace said he surrendered his license on Saturday.

After initial reports suggested that Prince Philip hadn't apologized to the victims of the crash, he wrote to one of them - Emma Fairweather, who suffered a broken wrist in the incident. Victoria Warne, who was first on the scene of the crash, told The Sun the police officer who took her statement said anything related to the crash was in an inspector's office for security reasons. A witness told British media that Philip had emerged unharmed but "shocked and shaken" from the collision with the much smaller Kia hatchback.

Shortly after, when Philip was pictured driving without a seatbelt, Norfolk Police gave him "suitable words of advice", the BBC said.

Norfolk Police has also confirmed the development and said that it would be returned to the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA). The duke walked away from the accident unharmed, but Town & Country reports the driver of the other auto involved in the accident "sustained cuts in the crash, and the passenger broke her wrist". "The investigation file for the collision has been passed to the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) for their consideration".

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