Prince Philips decades of previous collisions remembered by Norfolk locals

The Duke of Edinburgh’s crash on Thursday was not the first he has been involved in.After the news made headlines around the world, locals reminisced about crashes and near misses they had encountered over the decades with Prince Philip, who is a keen driver.Norfolk businessman Patrick Daynes ended up up in neck brace and with whiplash injuries in January 1996 after the Prince steered his Land Rover into the back of his Mercedes 190 as he let an elderly lady across a zebra crossing.Mr Daynes said: “The Prince’s Range Rover came into the back of my Mercedes while I was waiting at a pedestrian crossing. It was entirely his fault.“It was about 8.45am and I was on my way to a couple of appointments in London. “It’s a route I know well and I haven’t been involved in any similar accidents. I noticed that I was being followed by a rather smart Range Rover, but at the time had no idea that Prince Philip was driving. “I stopped at a pedestrian crossing to let a lady cross the road and suddenly there was an almighty bang. My car jolted forward and I knew immediately that it had been seriously damaged. He said he did not report the incident at the time.The Queen has been in the car in the past while her husband was involved in accidents, including in June 1964, when 32-year-old machinist Henry Cooper was driving to the Rising Sun public house at Holyport, near Madienhead, in his ‘89 Ford Popular. As he was pulling into the yard of the pub, his car collided with a  Rover 3 litre coming in the opposite direction.To his surprise he found that the driver of the Rover was none other than Prince Philip, who was driving back from polo in Windsor Great Park with the Queen. Both the Queen and the Prince were shaken but unhurt.A biography of the Duke by Basil Boothroyd, published in 1971, notes that Prince Philip has often been accused of being a less-than-steady driver.It says: “After the engagement there were motherly gasps from the papers. ‘Philip: Take it Easy (Sunday Pictorial). ‘Lt Philip Hurt in Car Crash (Daily Mail). This was to do with a skid and a twisted knee a month before the wedding [to Queen Elizabeth].“They got a bit sterner after the marriage, with another ‘crash’ in February 1948. It only dented the wing of a taxi at Hyde Park Corner, but Elizabeth was with him. There were questions even in the 1940s whether Prince Philip should be driving the QueenCredit: PA/ Steve Parsons There were questions even in the 1940s whether Prince Philip should be driving the Queen “It was then that I noticed through my rear-view mirror that it was the Duke of Edinburgh who had been driving. It was quite a surprise.”At the time, Royal sources confirmed the accident occurred, and said the Duke apologised afterwards. Others have spoken of alleged near-misses with the Duke, who locals often see driving around the area.Sue Brown claimed on social media: “Many years ago, my uncle had a similar incident around the same area.“Prince Philip pulled out in front of him but my uncle was able to stop in time. It was not until both drivers got out of their cars that my uncle realised he was shouting at the Prince, telling him to be more careful.”Charlotte Tuffnell, a teaching assistant from nearby Fakenham, said: “He nearly ran my dad off the road at Sandringham a few years back he needs to pack it in!”A man named Nicholas called into LBC and said that he had also been involved in a collision with Prince Philip in 1987.He said: “It was the second or third week of August in 1987 at around 6 o’clock. I was driving north on the A93 between Blairgowrie and Spittal of Glenshee and he came down the road, driving right down the middle of the road, chatting to ex-King Constantine of Greece. He wasn’t concentrating. “He crossed the white line and came right at us. Me and my passenger thought that our last seconds had come. “I had to swerve out the way, knocked the wing mirror off, lost a quarter-bumper and a couple of wheel trims.” “Ten years later, the Daily Express was able to scrape together a total of seven incidents, headed ‘Should Philip drive the Queen?’ (Three of them were only reports of high speeds, none in this country, clocked by someone at 70, 85 and 75mph)”. read more