Archive footage of 1964 car crash involving Duke of Edinburgh uncovered

Archive footage about a car crash involving the Duke of Edinburgh in 1964 has emerged, a week after Philip's serious collision near Sandringham.

The ITN film features an interview with a driver, known only as Mr Cooper, who explains how he was forced to swerve after seeing Philip driving straight at him.

The duke was driving the Queen through the village of Holyport in Berkshire.

Mr Cooper said, in the black and white footage found by ITV News: "I pulled in at an angle on the road here, and the next thing I see was the duke's car – well now I know it was the duke – it was coming straight for me.

'Well, I swerved when I see that he was coming straight at me.

"I pulled over, as you can see the tyre marks, and he swerved and he caught me offside. He pushed me over, right across this road into here.

"The duke got out first and just says, 'How are you?' and I said, 'Well I've just grazed my knee, sir'. He said, 'Oh, that's good' and he went back to the Queen."

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File photo dated 12/12/92 of the Duke of Edinburgh, who was involved in a road traffic accident at the edge of the Sandringham Estate, driving his daughter the Princess Royal to Crathe Church where she married Commander Tim Laurence.
File photo dated 23/09/57 of the Duke of Edinburgh, who was involved in a road traffic accident at the edge of the Sandringham Estate, driving the Prince of Wales to Cheam School for his first day there, accompanied by Queen Elizabeth II.
File photo dated 06/07/67 of the Duke of Edinburgh, who was involved in a road traffic accident at the edge of the Sandringham Estate, raising his hat as he drives off from Heathrow Airport after arriving back with the Queen from their weeks' tour of Canada.
File photo dated 19/05/55 of the Duke of Edinburgh, who was involved in a road traffic accident at the edge of the Sandringham Estate, at the wheel of a Land Rover to drive Queen Elizabeth II around her inspection of the jumps at the European Horse Trials in Windsor Great Park.
File photo dated 22/04/16 of the Duke of Edinburgh, who was involved in a road traffic accident at the edge of the Sandringham Estate, driving Queen Elizabeth II and the former President and First Lady of the United States Barack and Michelle Obama in a Range Rover to Windsor Castle, ahead of a private lunch hosted by the Queen.
File photo dated 13/5/2018 of the Duke of Edinburgh, 97, who was left "very shocked" and shaken when the Land Rover Discovery he was driving was hit by a Kia as he drove near the Queen's Sandringham estate on Thursday afternoon, at the wheel of a similar vehicle during the Royal Windsor Horse Show.
File photo dated 11/5/2018 of the Duke of Edinburgh, 97, who was left "very shocked" and shaken when the Land Rover Discovery he was driving was hit by a Kia as he drove near the Queen's Sandringham estate on Thursday afternoon, talking to the Queen while at the wheel of a similar vehicle during the Royal Windsor Horse Show.
WINDSOR, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 13: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 24 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh seen driving his Land Rover Freelander on day 5 of the Royal Windsor Horse Show in Home Park on May 13, 2018 in Windsor, England. This year marks the 75th Anniversary of the Windsor Horse Show which was first held in 1943. (Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images
WINDSOR, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 13: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 24 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh seen sitting in his Land Rover on day 5 of the Royal Windsor Horse Show in Home Park on May 13, 2018 in Windsor, England. This year marks the 75th Anniversary of the Windsor Horse Show which was first held in 1943. (Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images
WINDSOR, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 13: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 24 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh seen sitting in his Land Rover on day 5 of the Royal Windsor Horse Show in Home Park on May 13, 2018 in Windsor, England. This year marks the 75th Anniversary of the Windsor Horse Show which was first held in 1943. (Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images
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Mr Cooper, who was on his provisional driving licence, was shown standing next to his badly damaged vehicle.

A Mrs Clarke, who was in a nearby pub, helped the Queen, who was unharmed, out of the car without realising who she was, and later asked her detective if the royal would "like a cup of tea or maybe something stronger", but the offer was not taken up.

Last week, Philip, 97, escaped injury on January 17 after a serious car crash involving a mother and a baby.

The Land Rover Freelander he was driving was hit by another vehicle when he pulled out of a driveway on the Sandringham estate in Norfolk onto a busy A road, after apparently being dazzled by the low sun.

Philip's car flipped over and he was initially trapped and had to be rescued by a passing motorist.

The other vehicle, a Kia, was carrying a nine-month-old baby boy, his mother who was driving, and another woman Emma Fairweather.

The baby was unhurt, but both women had to be treated in hospital, and passenger Ms Fairweather, who broke her wrist, called for the duke to be prosecuted if found to be at fault.

Philip was spotted driving without a seatbelt 48 hours after the crash.

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