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Prince Philip's car crash sparks questions about why the 97-year-old was driving
CBS ^ | Jan 2019

Posted on 01/19/2019 8:23:06 AM PST by CondoleezzaProtege

Queen Elizabeth's husband Prince Philip is said to be doing fine after his SUV flipped in a car crash Thursday near the queen's country estate in eastern England. The 97-year-old was behind the wheel during the collision...

The force of impact shattered the windshield and jolted the prince, who was strapped into the driver's seat. He walked away without serious injuries but witnesses said he was lucky to escape alive.

One witness said Philip was lightly bleeding and appeared "very shocked" but was pulled from the wreck with the help of bystander Roy Warne. "I helped him move his legs which were a little trapped and a bit crushed, then I saw his face and I realized who it was," Warne said.

Two women in a second vehicle were hospitalized with minor injuries and a nine-month-old baby was found uninjured in their backseat. Police are investigating what caused the crash with many people surprised to hear Philip was behind the wheel at his age.

"Prince Philip, as we know, is a very determined headstrong individual who has wanted to retain a sense of individual freedoms right up to the age of 97 and you can understand that," said Royal correspondent Roya Nikka. "This is also a man who served in the navy, who served in the Second World War, a man who has seen action, who has been active his whole life."

But over the years he's had to dial it back, giving up flying planes and playing polo. In 2017, he retired from his royal duties.

The prince is said to be home resting with the queen by his side. While he escaped uninjured, Buckingham Palace isn't taking this lightly. Some say it's unlikely he will be allowed to drive on public roads again.


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TOPICS: News/Current Events; United Kingdom
KEYWORDS: edinburgh; princephilip; queenelizabeth; royals
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To: laplata
A friend of mine took out a spark plug on his dad’s car.

I like that idea! In both my husband's family and mine, I was the Designatd Liar to "the Moms".

For DH's mom, I saw her daily and the lies varied with the weather and her moods. The point of the lies were to keep her safe - "Hello, cab company? You are not allowed to pick up my mom at this address and take her to the Superstore. She has dementia and no money." "Mom, guess what? The cab company won't drive out here anymore!"

In my family, I was the only one brave enough to lie to my mom (she could shoot lightening out of her eyes). And both families were big Catholic families...what are the odds that I would be the DL for both teams? LOL

81 posted on 01/19/2019 10:00:05 AM PST by blu (WWG1WGA)
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To: CondoleezzaProtege

I doubt that CBS wants anyone to be able to drive. They have to start somewhere, and this gets them publicity.


82 posted on 01/19/2019 10:00:31 AM PST by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: Mears

South Florida is loaded with them like that...ancient New York democrat transplant relics who never had a drivers license until they were 65.


83 posted on 01/19/2019 10:01:20 AM PST by Bonemaker (invictus maneo)
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To: CondoleezzaProtege

Maybe he wants his other hip replaced. He just had one of them done in April 2018, which only shows that babies like Alfie Evans gets thrown in the trash, but a 96 year old Royal can get a hip replacement without question or restrictions.


84 posted on 01/19/2019 10:01:42 AM PST by mass55th (Courage is being scared to death - but saddling up anyway...John Wayne)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

I’m in my 77th year....driving Uber with no problems..working out at the gym...loaded a 140lb A/C to return to the dealer (the wrong model delivered). Ping me in 20 years.


85 posted on 01/19/2019 10:04:33 AM PST by spokeshave2 (https://www.gofundme.com/TheTrumpWall.... $20,690,168 of $1.0B goal by 347,452 people.)
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To: marajade
"I had the money the Queen had I’d never drive again."

The Queen used to drive around their estate lands all the time in a Land Rover, but even though she is younger than her husband, I don't think she drives at all anymore.

86 posted on 01/19/2019 10:07:07 AM PST by mass55th (Courage is being scared to death - but saddling up anyway...John Wayne)
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To: bgill

Even on Long Island the sun is in your eyes driving south for most daylight hours from mid December to late January and the UK is considerably farther north on the globe.


87 posted on 01/19/2019 10:09:50 AM PST by xkaydet65
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To: CondoleezzaProtege; All

Any FReeper saying this old gent shouldn’t drive on his own land - is not worthy of the title FReeper - and might be a ??ssy.

I think it’s a great story.


88 posted on 01/19/2019 10:10:02 AM PST by old-ager
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To: bgill

Well he obviously failed to yield right of way to the oncoming Kia, since he was going to make a turn. The strange thing is, I read there was someone else in the car with him.


89 posted on 01/19/2019 10:12:27 AM PST by mass55th (Courage is being scared to death - but saddling up anyway...John Wayne)
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To: rktman

90 posted on 01/19/2019 10:15:13 AM PST by Bonemaker (invictus maneo)
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To: bgill

Sorry, while I assume he was just confused and the sun had nothing to do with it. His story is not wrong. The reality is that sunset there is currently about 4:30. The sun is quite low at 2:45. In January the sun does not get up very high in England. England is about equal to the lower Hudson Bay in Canada. Much farther north than any spot in the 48 contiguous states of America.


91 posted on 01/19/2019 10:15:58 AM PST by poinq
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To: yarddog

Too bad Charles is such a douchenozzle.


92 posted on 01/19/2019 10:16:59 AM PST by Bonemaker (invictus maneo)
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To: mass55th
He was on the wrong side of road.😎
93 posted on 01/19/2019 10:26:13 AM PST by Bonemaker (invictus maneo)
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To: CondoleezzaProtege

“Prince Philip’s car crash sparks questions about why the 97-year-old was driving”

The question is, did Prince Philip know why he was driving?


94 posted on 01/19/2019 10:28:32 AM PST by PLMerite ("They say that we were Cold Warriors. Yes, and a bloody good show, too." - Robert Conquest)
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To: poinq

Sun starts coming up 3-4 am in summer.


95 posted on 01/19/2019 10:28:33 AM PST by Bonemaker (invictus maneo)
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To: Bonemaker
"He was on the wrong side of road."

LOL!! They all are!!

96 posted on 01/19/2019 10:32:24 AM PST by mass55th (Courage is being scared to death - but saddling up anyway...John Wayne)
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To: CondoleezzaProtege

What a stud. I can only hope I am driving at 97.


97 posted on 01/19/2019 10:37:14 AM PST by Fairhairedboy (Trumpist!)
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To: bgill

In England which is at a higher latitude I suspect that the 2.45 is true.


98 posted on 01/19/2019 10:38:13 AM PST by Chickensoup (Leftists totalitarian fascists appear to be planning to eradicate conservatives)
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To: PLMerite
The question is, did Prince Philip know why he was driving?

The REAL question is did Prince Phillip KNOW he was DRIVING??

99 posted on 01/19/2019 10:43:45 AM PST by blu (WWG1WGA)
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To: mass55th

The vehicle the Queen liked to drive was a Jaguar X-type, the wagon (’estate’) version. She drove it herself within the past few years, but I think she has given up driving now.

The Queen likes cars, and was known to drive around estates in an older base-version Land Rover, maybe a Defender.

The Prince was driving an LR Freelander, which was sold in the US as the LR2.

All three of the vehicles are entry-level, not the top-end models that might be expected.


100 posted on 01/19/2019 10:44:19 AM PST by jjotto (Next week, BOOM!, for sure!)
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