The Duke of Edinburgh

The Duke of Edinburgh attends his first public engagement since horror car crash earlier this year



The Duke of Edinburgh has conducted his first public engagement since he was involved in a horror car crash earlier this year at Sandringham.

Prince Philip, who turns 98-years-old next month, joined Her Majesty The Queen at the Order of Merit service at Windsor Castle on Tuesday.

The Order of Merit service is held every two years to honour people who have made great achievement in the fields of the arts, learning, literature and science.

Among the guests who the Duke of Edinburgh spoke to at the service was Sir David Attenborough, Baroness Boothroyd and Dame Ann Dowling.

The Order was founded in 1902 by Edward VII, with members being personally chosen by the monarch herself.

Previous members of the Order have included Florence Nightingale, Sir Winston Churchill, Margaret Thatcher, Mother Teresa and Nelson Mandela.

This was the Duke of Edinburgh’s first public appearance since he was involved in a car crash which left two women hospitalised.

The Duke, who was driving a Land Rover, collided with a Kia carrying two women and a baby boy.

Although Prince Philip’s car took a tumble, he had no serious injuries. However, one woman in the Kia suffered a broken wrist and the other sustained cuts to her knee. A baby boy was uninjured.

Both women were treated at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King’s Lynn and were discharged later that night.

The 97-year-old caused further controversy only a day later after he spotted behind the wheel again, this time without wearing a seatbelt.

Soon after, he voluntarily surrendered his driving licence.