Philip gave up his driver's license following a collision in January involving a Kia driven by a 28-year-old woman with a 9-month-old baby in the backseat

By Robyn Merrett
April 23, 2019 12:17 AM

Prince Philip is back behind the wheel.

On Thursday, Philip 97, was seen driving for the first time since surrendering his license after flipping his car back in January.

The Duke of Edinburgh, who no longer carries out royal duties, was photographed going for a drive in his Land Rover around Windsor Castle.

Philip was alone for the outing as Queen Elizabeth attended The Maundy Service at St. George’s Chapel.

While he does not have a license, the Duke is legally allowed to drive without one as long as he is within his private estate’s grounds, the Palace has previously said. The Palace did not immediately respond to PEOPLE’s request for comment on Monday.

Three weeks after his Jan. 17 car crash, Buckingham Palace announced that Philip had “voluntarily” decided to give up his driver’s license.

“After careful consideration, The Duke of Edinburgh has taken the decision to voluntarily surrender his driving license,” read the statement. He had been seen driving after the crash but at the time he still held a license.

The scene of the crash
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On Jan. 17, the royal was pulling out of a driveway onto the road, according to Norfolk Police, when he collided with a Kia driven by a 28-year-old woman with a 46-year-old woman in the passenger seat and a 9-month-old baby in the backseat. His Land Rover was overturned in the crash.

The driver suffered cuts to her knee and the passenger broke her wrist. The small child was uninjured.

Eyewitnesses told the BBC they helped the royal out of his vehicle. He was conscious but very shocked and shaken, royal correspondent Nicholas Witchell said. Philip walked away from the accident, which occurred near the royal family’s Sandringham Estate, uninjured.

A couple of weeks after the incident, Phillip sent an apology letter to the passenger Emma Fairweather.

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“Dear Mrs. Fairweather,” Philip began the note, which Fairweather, 46, provided to the Sunday Mirror. “I would like you to know how very sorry I am for my part in the accident at the Babingley cross-roads.”

Philip went on to explain that “the sun was shining low over the main road,” adding, “in normal conditions I would have no difficulty in seeing traffic coming from the Dersingham direction, but I can only imagine that I failed to see the car coming, and I am very contrite about the consequences.”

Emma Fairweather, Prince Philip
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“I was somewhat shaken after the accident, but I was greatly relieved that none of you were seriously injured,” he wrote.

Philip also wished Fairweather a “speedy recovery from a very distressing experience.”

“Your sincerely, Philip,” he concluded the note.

Fairweather, who had previously spoken out about how disappointed she was over the lack of an immediate apology, told the Sunday Mirror she very much appreciated the note.

“I thought it was really nice that he signed off as ‘Philip’ and not the formal title. I was pleasantly surprised because of the personalized nature,” she said, adding, “He’s tried to give an explanation so I appreciate that, whether I agree with it or not.”

In February, authorities in Britain announced Philip will not face any charges over the crash explaining, it would “not be in the public interest to prosecute.”

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In a statement released on Feb 14, the Crown Prosecution Service said it has decided that no further action should be taken “against a driver involved in a collision on the A149 at Sandringham.”

Chris Long, Chief Crown Prosecutor for CPS East of England, said, “The CPS has carefully reviewed material submitted by the police in relation to a traffic collision on the A149 on 17 January this year.”

“We took into account all of the circumstances in this case, including the level of culpability, the age of the driver and the surrender of the driving license. We have decided that it would not be in the public interest to prosecute.”