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Prince Philip’s royal protection officer handed a parking fine after leaving car on yellow lines outside hospital


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A royal protection officer has been landed with a fixed penalty notice after leaving their car unattended on double yellow lines outside of the King Edward VII Hospital.

According to the Daily Mail, a traffic warden printed out a fine and placed it on the windscreen of the car which is believed to belong to a royal protection officer assigned to the Duke of Edinburgh.

A witness claimed that the car was parked on the double yellow lines for a “couple of hours” after the officer went inside the hospital as part of their duties.

The ticket was removed from the windscreen when the officer returned to their vehicle.

In the United Kingdom, motorists are not permitted to park on double yellow lines which are painted at the side of some roads.

The exception to this rule is disabled blue badge holders who may park on double yellow lines for up to three hours, provided they are not causing an obstruction.

Fines of £70 are imposed for those breaking the rules.

Prince Philip has spent a third night at the King Edward VII Hospital in London after being admitted as a precaution.

The Duke of Edinburgh, 99, is under observation at the hospital after being taken there from Windsor Castle after complaining of feeling unwell.

No details of the Duke’s condition have been given although royal officials have confirmed it’s not Covid related.

Prince Philip was driven to the King Edward VII on February 16th although news of his admission wasn’t shared until the following day. At the time his hospital treatment was confirmed, Buckingham Palace said he was there for rest and observation.

The Queen has continued with her diary, with a phone engagement quickly followed by her first face to face meeting of the year. 

Prince Philip’s last hospital stay saw him treated at the King Edward VII Hospital for four days just before Christmas 2019. At the time, royal officials said his admission was for a pre-existing condition.