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The Queen has reportedly agreed to stop driving on public roads following her husband, Prince Philip’s car crash two months ago.
While the Queen is the only person in the UK permitted to drive without a licence, she is understood to have relinquished the privilege on the advice of her security team after the Duke of Edinburgh’s crash.
Instead, the monarch, who will be 93 next month, will be chauffeured on public roads, according to The Sunday Times, but may still choose to drive on private roads.
The Queen, who owns a fleet of cars that include Land Rovers and Jaguars, is said to be a fan of driving and often chooses to drive herself around despite access to private drivers.
But it appears not everyone is a fan of her being behind the wheel, as according to an anecdote published in the 2012 memoir of Sir Sherard Cowper-Coles, a former ambassador to Saudi Arabia, her majesty ‘terrorised’ the then Crown Prince Abdullah of Saudi Arabia when she took him for a spin in 1998.
He wrote, ‘After lunch, the Queen had asked her royal guest whether he would like a tour of the estate.
‘To his surprise the Queen climbed into the driving seat, turned the ignition and drove off…
‘Abdullah was not used to being driven by a woman, let alone a queen.
‘Through his interpreter, the Crown Prince implored the Queen to slow down and concentrate on the road ahead.’
The decision to limit the Queen’s driving privileges comes after Prince Philip crashed his Land Rover in Norfolk, near Sandringham estate, on January 17 this year, after being hit by a Kia.
Driver of the Kia, Emma Fairweather, was left with a broken wrist, while her passengers, another women and a 10-month old baby, both escaped without major injuries.
The Duke of Edinburgh later issued a letter of apology to Emma, wishing her a ‘speed recovery’.