Britain’s Prince Philip, queen’s husband, in car accident

Two people in one of the vehicles were treated for minor injuries

Britain’s Prince Philip, queen’s husband, in car accident
Buckingham Palace says Prince Philip the husband of Queen Elizabeth II had been in a traffic accident and is not injured. (Sam Russell/PA via AP) (Sam Russell)

LONDON (AP/Gray News) — Buckingham Palace says the 97-year-old husband of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Philip, has been in a car accident but wasn’t injured.

The palace said the two-car accident happened Thursday afternoon near Sandringham Estate, the queen's country retreat in eastern England.

The Norfolk Constabulary says officers responded to a reported collision and two people in one of the vehicles were treated for minor injuries.

The palace said a doctor examined Philip as a precaution and confirmed he wasn't hurt.

Member of Parliament Oliver Cooper reacted to news of the accident with a bit of reverence and humor.

“As if Prince Philip weren’t already enough of a legend, he can bloody flip a car over at the age of 97 and walk away unhurt,” Cooper tweeted. “No wonder there are islands in the Pacific where they revere him as a god.”

Britain's Press Association quoted a palace spokeswoman saying the Duke of Edinburgh, the title he received on his wedding day, was driving one of the cars.

He had a passenger in the car, but the spokeswoman would not reveal who it was, the Press Association reported.

Philip has largely retired from the royal family’s public duties.

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