Prince Philip takes the reins during a horse-drawn carriage drive near the Sandringham estate

The Duke of Edinburgh can no longer drive on public roads, but it seems he’s found an alternative mode of transport to his Land Rover in the form of a horse-drawn carriage. 

Prince Philip, 97, an international class carriage driver, was seen holding the reins when he went for a morning drive close to the Sandringham estate today.

The royal was accompanied by two aides who sat in the back.

Four horses pulled the black carriage along the public road between Dersingham and Ingoldisthorpe at 9.40am this morning.

Prince Philip, 97, went for a horse-drawn carriage ride, pictured, near the Sandringham estate in Norfolk, this morning

Prince Philip, 97, went for a horse-drawn carriage ride, pictured, near the Sandringham estate in Norfolk, this morning

Prince Philip, 97, went for a horse-drawn carriage ride, pictured, near the Sandringham estate in Norfolk, this morning

The Duke of Edinburgh, pictured, looked deep in thought during the drive and wore a green cap and thick coat for his morning trip along a road between Dersingham and Ingoldisthorpe

The Duke of Edinburgh, pictured, looked deep in thought during the drive and wore a green cap and thick coat for his morning trip along a road between Dersingham and Ingoldisthorpe

The Duke of Edinburgh, pictured, looked deep in thought during the drive and wore a green cap and thick coat for his morning trip along a road between Dersingham and Ingoldisthorpe

Prince Philip appeared to be deep in thought as he drove the carriage this morning while wearing a green cap and thick, dark winter coat. 

The Duke surrendered his driving licence voluntarily in February, after a crash on the A149 in Norfolk in January. 

Although the Duke can no longer drive on public roads, he is still able to drive a carriage as it does not recquire a licence.

A spokesman for British Carriage Driving told Vanity Fair: ‘No licence is required. The duke will be able to continue to carriage drive.’ 

In January Prince Philip’s Land Rover ended up on its side after a collision with a Kia which left the other vehicle’s passenger Emma Fairweather, 46, with a broken wrist.

The Crown Prosecution Service confirmed it ‘would not be in the public interest’ to prosecute, and said no further action would be taken.

Two aides accompanied the Duke, pictured, but sat in the back while he controlled the horses

Two aides accompanied the Duke, pictured, but sat in the back while he controlled the horses

Two aides accompanied the Duke, pictured, but sat in the back while he controlled the horses

The Duke, pictured on the ride today, raced carriages near Norfolk before representing Britain at several world and European championships

The Duke, pictured on the ride today, raced carriages near Norfolk before representing Britain at several world and European championships

The Duke, pictured on the ride today, raced carriages near Norfolk before representing Britain at several world and European championships

Prince Philip, pictured with the two aides on the ride today, voluntarily surrendered his driving licence in February, after a crash on the A149 in Norfolk in January

Prince Philip, pictured with the two aides on the ride today, voluntarily surrendered his driving licence in February, after a crash on the A149 in Norfolk in January

Prince Philip, pictured with the two aides on the ride today, voluntarily surrendered his driving licence in February, after a crash on the A149 in Norfolk in January

But two days after the crash Norfolk Police gave the Royal ‘suitable words of advice’ after he was pictured driving without a seat belt.

Norfolk Police confirmed that the duke had surrendered his licence to officers and it would now be returned to the DVLA.

The Duke wrote to Ms Fairweather after she was injured in the crash, on 17 January on the A149 near the Queen’s country estate. Prince Philip was not hurt in the crash.

The Kia was carrying three people, including a nine-month-old baby boy, his mother who was driving and Ms Fairweather, 46.

Philip is believed to have just left Sandringham and was turning on to the A149 at this junction when he collided with a Kia and his car cartwheeled on to the other side of the road

Philip is believed to have just left Sandringham and was turning on to the A149 at this junction when he collided with a Kia and his car cartwheeled on to the other side of the road

Philip is believed to have just left Sandringham and was turning on to the A149 at this junction when he collided with a Kia and his car cartwheeled on to the other side of the road

Prince Philip was not hurt in the crash, pictured is debris at the scene, but a passenger in the Kia car involved in the incident did break her wrist

Prince Philip was not hurt in the crash, pictured is debris at the scene, but a passenger in the Kia car involved in the incident did break her wrist

Prince Philip was not hurt in the crash, pictured is debris at the scene, but a passenger in the Kia car involved in the incident did break her wrist

Prince Philip's Land Rover overturned during the incident, pictured, in January

Prince Philip's Land Rover overturned during the incident, pictured, in January

Prince Philip’s Land Rover overturned during the incident, pictured, in January

Prince Philip wrote to Ms Fairweather and said he said he was ‘deeply sorry’ and explained while he was familiar with the junction he could ‘only imagine’ the low sun stopped him seeing her approaching. 

The Duke appeared to admit responsibility in a letter to Ms Fairweather several days after the accident.

In his 181-word typed letter, Prince Philip wished her a ‘speedy recovery from a very distressing experience’. 

Prince Philip has been seen multiple times taking the reins of a horse-drawn carriage around the Windsor estate – at least twice in December.

The Duke and the Queen stayed at the Sandringham estate over Christmas, and have been based there since then.

Since his retirement last year, Philip has had more time to enjoy carriage-driving, which has been one of his favourite past-times since the 1970s.

He raced carriages near Norfolk before going on to represent Britain at several world and European championships.

Prince Philip continued to take part in fast-paced, dangerous carriage-driving events, competing at international level until the age of 85. 

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