An elderly woman has been critically injured by a police outbike rider in Prince William and Kate Middleton's royal convoy. The Duke and Duchess were on their way to an Order of the Garter service in Windsor when the police motorbike rider knocked down the woman on Monday afternoon, believed to be aged in her 80s, as they travelled through Richmond, West London. The Palace confirmed the Duke and Duchess have extended their heartfelt sympathies to Irene Mayor's family. A statement issued by Buckingham Palace on behalf of the Cambridges said, "The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were deeply concerned and saddened to hear about the accident.
"Their Royal Highnesses have sent their very best regards to Irene and her family and will stay in touch throughout every stage of her recovery." The Palace's spokeswoman confirmed the Royals have sent flowers and a handwritten note to Irene and plan to visit her in hospital. She added that the incident has been referred to the Independent Office for Police Conduct. The Metropolitan Police confirmed the accident took place at around 12:50 pm Monday.
The force said a marked police motorbike was involved in a collision with a pedestrian on Upper Richmond Road, Richmond. "The woman, believed to be in her 80s, has been taken to hospital for treatment where she remains. Her next of kin have been informed. The Met’s Directorate of Professional Standards and the Independent Office for Police Conduct have been informed."
The Sun reports that Mrs Mayor is an 83-year-old elderly widow and that Kate and William were not aware of the crash until after they had arrived at Windsor. A witness told the newspaper the police bike was travelling on the wrong side of the road when it hit her and she spun around off her feet and hit the ground. The victim's daughter, Fiona, who lives close to where the accident took place on Upper Richmond Road, East Sheen, reportedly said, "She’s got lots of injuries. They are just keeping her stable at the moment."
Police advance motorcycle outriders are used for transporting royals and important dignitaries to hold back traffic for security reasons and to clear the way for the convoy. It comes just months after Prince Phillip was involved in a crash in Sandringham. The 97-year-old flipped his Landrover in the collision that broke the other car's passenger Emma Fairweather's wrist. The Duke of Edinburgh later apologized to her over the January 17 collision, typing her a hand-signed note.Read More