Prince Philip ‘spotted behind wheel for first time since giving up licence’

The Duke of Edinburgh has reportedly been spotted in the grounds of Windsor Castle driving for the first time since voluntarily surrendering his licence.

Philip gave up his licence after being involved in a car crash in January that left two women in another vehicle hurt, while a baby with them was uninjured.

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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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The incident happened on the Queen's Sandringham estate in Norfolk when his Land Rover Freelander collided with a car and flipped over, leaving him trapped before being rescued by a passing motorist.

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The Duke of Edinburgh behind the wheel last year (Steve Parsons/PA)

Philip faced criticism for taking too long to contact the occupants of the other car and for being seen driving without his seat belt in the days that followed.

Passenger Emma Fairweather, who broke her wrist, called for Philip to be prosecuted if found to be at fault.

The duke later apologised for his part in the incident.

Although he has given up driving on public roads, he is still legally allowed to drive around private royal estates.

Philip, who is ranger of Windsor Great Park, was pictured behind the wheel of his Land Rover wearing glasses as he apparently drove in the castle's grounds.

In February, the Crown Prosecution Service said the duke would face no further action over the car crash.

Chris Long, Chief Crown Prosecutor for CPS East of England, said at the time it had been decided it was not in the public interest to prosecute.

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