The Queen, 92, drives her Range Rover without a seatbelt on a public road one day after her husband Philip’s crash
- The monarch drove on a public road little more than a mile from the accident site
- She learned to drive with the Army in 1945 and does not need a driving licence
- It is compulsory to wear a seatbelt but the Queen is immune from proceedings
The Queen was spotted driving her Range Rover without a seatbelt a day after Prince Philip’s crash.
The 92-year-old monarch drove on a public road in Sandringham yesterday little more than a mile from the scene of her husband’s accident.
She learned to drive with the Army in 1945, before she became Queen, and does not need a licence.
Under UK law it is compulsory to wear a seatbelt if there is one fitted but the Queen is immune from any civil or criminal proceedings.
The Queen was spotted driving her Range Rover without a seatbelt a day after Prince Philip’s crash, little more than a mile from the scene of her husband’s accident
Buckingham Palace insisted the monarch was careful to ensure she privately complied with the law.
The Duke of Edinburgh visited hospital in King’s Lynn after the 97-year-old’s Land Rover was struck and flipped over by a Kia.
The two women involved in the crash, the driver aged 28 and a 45-year-old passenger, were taken to hospital, one with a broken wrist, but later discharged.
The baby in the car, who was rescued from the Kia’s back seat, appears to have been unhurt.
The Duke has made contact with the driver and passenger of the other car and exchanged ‘well wishes’ with them, Buckingham Palace said.
However he is now facing a police probe over the accident and could be forced to surrender his driving licence.
Norfolk Police said the force would investigate the crash, meaning the duke is likely to be interviewed by officers.
The Queen at the wheel of her Range Rover. She learned to drive with the Army in 1945, before she became Queen, and does not need a licence
Buckingham Palace is under pressure to intervene over Prince Philip’s determination to keep driving despite a horror smash near Sandringham (pictured)
A statement said: ‘As is standard procedure with injury collisions, the incident will be investigated and any appropriate action taken.’
When asked if Philip had ever passed a driving test, a royal spokesman made no comment.
It also emerged that in the aftermath of the accident, Philip was able to walk over and ask the occupants of the other car: ‘Is everyone else alright?’
It is thought that his Land Rover may have been armoured, which could have helped protect him.
Retired barrister Roy Warne and grandfather Glenn Watson bravely rushed to help Philip out of the wreckage.
Mr Warne said: ‘I was driving home and I saw a car – a black Land Rover – come out from the side road on the right and there was a huge collision with another car.’