The Royal Speed-Cam Detector: Prince Philip's Land Rover Busted!

March 1, 2010

His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh is known for saying impolitic things in public once in a while. Now it turns out that his occasional lack of political correctness may extend to avoiding the U.K.'s prevalent speed-detecting cameras.

He was recently spotted by Britain's Daily Mail newspaper behind the wheel of his Land-Rover Freelander, which is sold in the U.S. as the 2010 Land Rover LR2.

Inside the windshield, a "Road Angel" camera detector was clearly visible (as was a dog fence behind the rear seat, but that's a different story).

Average speed cameras planned for 20mph zones in UK

Average speed cameras planned for 20mph zones in UK

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Who's the Duke of Edinburgh? The 90-year-old aristocrat is better known as Britain's Prince Philip, husband of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, and father of heir to the throne Prince Charles.

Officially dubbed a "hazard warning" device, the camera is meant to alert drivers to accident locations,  speed cameras, and other speed traps. It uses GPS locations to flag drivers as they reach these areas, and drivers can flag new areas just by pressing a button.

The Road Angel, says the newspaper, is highly rated by television commentators, including former Top Gear presenter Tiff Needham.

We are not amused.

Road Angel Plus speed-camera and hazard detector

Road Angel Plus speed-camera and hazard detector

[Daily Mail]

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