(COLOMBO, LANKAPUVATH) –Prince Philip is putting down the car keys at age 97.
Philip, the husband of Queen Elizabeth II, gave up his driver’s license, according to a statement released on behalf of the royal family on Saturday, a month after a collision on a rural road north of London raised questions about his abilities behind the wheel.
“After careful consideration, the Duke of Edinburgh has taken the decision to voluntarily surrender his driving license,” said a spokeswoman for Buckingham Palace, referring to Philip by his official royal title.
The prince was involved in a crash on Jan. 17 near the royal family’s Sandringham estate in Norfolk, about 100 miles north of London. His Land Rover S.U.V. overturned after colliding with another vehicle.
The driver and a passenger of the other car suffered minor injuries; the prince and a 9-month-old boy in the other vehicle were unharmed.