The Prince of Wales has recounted how he was ‘run over by a bus’ while cycling in Cambridge in the 1960s.
The Prince revealed his cycling scrape during a speech he gave at the Fitzwilliam Museum on Tuesday to celebrate its bicentenary.
According to the Prince, the incident took place outside the museum in the city’s centre while he was attending the University of Cambridge.
“Quite how I survived being run over by a bus when I was on a bicycle just outside here I don’t know,” he said.
However, the Prince did not elaborate on the incident, and did not say whether he was injured or the extent of any injuries. It is believed to be the first time that he has mentioned the incident in public.
Prince Charles left Trinity College with a degree in 2:2 history in 1970, and became the first heir to the throne to ever gain a degree.
Along with fellow British university city Oxford, the bicycle is the favoured mode of transport for many of the city’s student population. Although Cambridge’s cycling infrastructure would have been less pronounced in the 1960s, there would have been less traffic on the roads.
According to Department for Transport statistics, Cambridge has the highest amount of cycle use in Britain, with 58 per cent of the population riding at least once a month (2014/15 figures). Oxford has the second highest number of regular cyclists in the UK at 43.2 per cent.
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