Sunday, January 20, 2019

He's not the Duke, he's a very naughty boy

Some headlines just sort of earn their way into the record book unadorned, and "Police speak to Philip for not wearing seat belt" is such a headline.

There is, of course, some austere charm in the back story:

Norfolk Police say they have spoken to the Duke of Edinburgh after he was pictured driving without a seat belt, 48 hours after being involved in a crash near Sandringham in Norfolk.

A spokeswoman said "suitable words of advice have been given to the driver".
Meanwhile, Emma Fairweather, who broke her wrist in the crash, has told the Mirror the duke has not apologised.

A Palace spokesman has said contact was made with the occupants of the car to exchange "well-wishes".

The crash on the A149, in which Prince Philip's Land Rover Freelander landed on its side after a collision with a Kia, happened on Thursday.

Two days later, pictures in the Daily Mail and the Sun appeared to show the duke, 97, driving alone on a road near the entrance to the Sandringham estate in a replacement Freelander, without a seat belt. 

And a perfectly formed noun pile is still a wonderful sight:
... almost as good with the extra space allowed atop the story:

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