Prince Philip will be 98 in June. Should he be driving?

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"The Duke of Edinburgh was involved in a road traffic accident with another vehicle this afternoon", Buckingham Palace's statement read.

The U.K.'s Telegraph newspaper reported on Friday morning that a replacement Land Rover Freelander has already been delivered to the royals' Sandringham estate, inside a delivery truck under guard, to replace the same model that Prince Philip crashed on Thursday.

Witnesses told United Kingdom news outlets that his auto turned over, and photos from the crash show his vehicle on its side with a cracked window.

Police and ambulance crews attended and two people in one of the vehicles suffered minor injuries. There was a baby in the back seat screaming. At present drivers who reach 70 must declare whether they are fit to drive every three years but they are not required to undergo a driving test or medical examination.

Mr Warne said: "He's a very courageous man".

Norfolk Police have confirmed the incident will be investigated, and it is expected that statements will be taken from Philip, the driver of the Kia and any other witnesses.

Retired NHS worker Victoria Warne told The Sun she spoke to the duke as she looked after the injured occupants of the Kia. Asking a person if they may be a danger to others on the road is one of the most hard conversations anyone will have, for losing a driver's licence can be seen as a blow to one's independence.

"As far as I know she hasn't put a foot wrong in her entire life", he wrote. Warne then helped get the prince out of his wrecked Land Rover, either through the sunroof or the smashed windscreen.

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An eye-witness contacted the Lynn News soon afterwards to say there were five police cars close to the West Newton turning, with officers combing the undergrowth. A royal source said Thursday the prince has a license and follows all procedures required to keep it up to date.

One woman, who did not want to be named, said younger drivers often used the road as "a rat run".

Royal commentators said Philip, who married Elizabeth in 1947 and has been by her side throughout her 66-year reign, would be loath to give up driving.

He also drives horse-drawn carriages, and walks without a stick, despite undergoing a hip replacement operation in May past year.

The Queen and the duke will return from their country home at the beginning of February, as she traditionally marks the anniversary of her father's death privately on the estate.

Police said both drivers involved in the accident had been breath tested but neither were over the alcohol limit.

To the public he is the sometimes curmudgeonly patrician of the royal family, a gaffe-prone elder whose advanced years have steadily reduced his participation in onerous duties. There is no age limit to driving in the United Kingdom.