Queen is seen driving without security officers but with her seatbelt less than a week after Prince Philip’s crash as retired businessman tells how Duke knocked him off his bike in the 1950s
- Queen was out on the roads again today near the Sandringham Estate, Norfolk
- Seen behind the wheel of her Range Rover with no security guards or police
- The 92-year-old was wearing seat belt after she was seen without one last week
- Comes as a man aid he was knocked off his bike by Duke of Edinburgh in 1950s
The Queen was spotted driving alone with no security near her Sandringham Estate in Norfolk, as a retired businessman revealed how he was knocked off his bike by the Duke of Edinburgh in the 1950s.
She was pictured behind the wheel of her Range Rover with no security guards or police protection, as she travelled on a country road back to her Royal estate.
The 92-year-old head of state was dressed in a light green coat, with a floral orange and green headscarf, as she made the journey alone with no protection in sight.
The Queen was seen driving on a public road near Sandringham Estate in Norfolk without a security team
She was wearing a seatbelt however, after coming under criticism for making a similar journey without wearing one last Friday.
The Queen is thought to have been visiting her stables, which are a short drive from her home. She was seen turning left on a public road before turning right back into the gates at Sandringham.
It is well-known the Queen likes to drive but she is usually followed by police protection officers.
She has been driving for more than 70 years after learning to drive in 1945 when she was 19 and working at the wartime Auxiliary Territorial Service.
The Queen was seen wearing a seat belt after being criticised for not wearing one
She has never taken a driving test and is the only person in Britain who is not required to have a driving licence.
Her journey today come just five days after Prince Philip was invovled in a car crash last Thursday.
Now retired business tycoon Mike Warburton claimed he was knocked off his bike by the Duke when he was a child.
Warburton, a former director of leading international accounting network Grant Thornton, said the Prince sped by in a Jaguar.
The 71-year-old told BBC Radio Gloucestershire said he had a ‘close shave’ with the Duke’s car and that it was time for him to give up his licence.
The Duke of Ediburgh was involved in a crash near the Sandringham Estate. Pictured: his overturned vehicle
Mr Warburton, from Forest of Dean, Glos., emailed into the local radio station as they discussed Prince Philip’s recent Sandringham crash.
He wrote: ‘As an older driver, 71, and living in the Forest, not even the deep Forest, I am dependent on my car.
‘But I nevertheless think the time has come for the Duke to offer up his licence and obviously put a seatbelt on. I have also experienced an incident with his driving.’
Mr Warburton went on, saying: ‘To put it into context it was over 60 years ago and I was on my bicycle.
‘We lived near Windsor and we were having a family day out on our bicycles in Windsor Great Park.
‘I was cycling up ahead when an open-topped black Jaguar came around the corner ahead at considerable speed.
‘I was not actually hit but it was a close shave and it caused me to fall off my bicycle on to the grass verge.’
He added: ‘My mother rushed up to make sure I was OK.
‘But she said the handsome gentleman in the cap and dark glasses was the Duke of Edinburgh and she had always had a soft spot for him – so no more was said.’
The Duke of Edinburgh had a new Land Rover delivered to him and was pictured driving just two days after the crash