'The Queen was very lucky' says onlooker as her Majesty’s car involved in near collision during birthday outing

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'The Queen was very lucky' says onlooker as her car was involved in a near collision during her 96th birthday outing.

The Queen's car was forced to swerve to avoid a collision as her Majesty sat in the passenger seat of the vehicle.

Her Majesty, 96, was enjoying a birthday outing at the time but the pleasant day took an unexpected turn when her driver was forced to swerve in order to avoid a collision with an oncoming car.

The Range Rover narrowly avoided crashing into another vehicle when she was being driven away from the Sandringham Estate on Thursday morning (21st April).

Sat in the passenger seat of the dark green Range Rover, the Queen (opens in new tab) had left Wood Farm, which was the former home of her husband Prince Philip (opens in new tab), to go on a birthday ride.

But as her driver pulled out from the sprawling estate and onto a country road at around 10.30am, a white Nissan Duke was headed towards them at 30mph, according to The Telegraph (opens in new tab).

The Queen has often been spotted sat in the back of the green Range Rover when attending engagements.

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KING'S LYNN, UNITED KINGDOM - JANUARY 23: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 48 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) Queen Elizabeth II gets out of her Range Rover car as she arrives to attend a meeting of the Sandringham branch of the Women's Institute, of which she is President, at West Newton Village Hall on January 23, 2014 near King's Lynn, England. The guest speaker at the meeting was Bill Turnbull, presenter of the BBC One Breakfast Show. (Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)

According to onlookers, the Queen's car was forced to swerve onto a grass verge while the Nissan came to an abrupt halt before driving on.

Speaking about the Queen involved in near collision, a passerby said: "We sometimes get cars going much faster along that road so the Queen was very lucky."

The Queen, who flew by helicopter to Sandringham earlier this week so she could spend her birthday away from Windsor Castle, is expected to remain in the Norfolk residency until next week.

The Queen recently held a secret meeting with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle (opens in new tab) ahead of their Invictus Games visit as she prepares to celebrate her Platinum Jubilee (opens in new tab) this year.

In previous years the Queen has been spotted actually driving her Range Rover, as you can see from the clip below.

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But in recent weeks her health fears have sparked reports that the Queen is using a wheelchair 'much of the time' (opens in new tab) following her Covid recovery (opens in new tab) which has forced her to cancel some personal engagements.

Selina Maycock
Senior Entertainment Writer

Selina is a Senior Entertainment Writer with more than 14 years of experience in newspapers and magazines. She currently looks after all things Entertainment for Goodto.com, Woman&Home, and My Imperfect Life. Before joining Future Publishing, Selina graduated from the University of Sheffield in 2006 with a degree in Journalism. She is fully NCTJ and NCE qualified and has 100wpm shorthand. When she's not interviewing celebrities you can find her exploring new countryside walking routes, catching up with friends over good food, or making memories.