An 83-year-old pensioner has been rushed to hospital after she was knocked down by a police motorbike which was escorting Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge to the Knights of the Garter service on Monday.
Irene Mayor is said to be in a “serious but stable” condition after being hit by the police bike which, according to The Sun, was on the wrong side of the road clearing traffic when the incident took place in West London.
Catherine and Prince William have sent flowers and a handwritten note to the elderly widow, with palace sources suggesting the Cambridges will also try to visit her in hospital as she recovers.
According to the UK publication, Irene was thrown into the air after being struck by the bike, before being transported to hopsital by air ambulance in a serious but stable condition, having suffered a broken pelvis, among other injuries.
The royal couple travelled to the prestigious event in Windsor in a black Range Rover, with their car flanked by at least four motorcycles and two other vehicles. It was one of these outriders which was involved in the collision. It is believed that the young royals were not made aware of the crash until they arrived at St George’s Chapel.
Members of the royal family regularly travel alongside members of the Special Escort Group, a branch of the Metropolitan Police who also provide escorts for other high-profile figures including leading politicians and visiting heads of state.
Motorcyclists within this unit are also among the small number of police motorbike riders in the UK who carry firearms whilst riding. They are also trained in anti-hijack driving and firearms tactics.
The news comes just days after it was revealed that the Queen’s cousin, Prince Edward, had been involved in a high-speed traffic collision whilst driving his Jaguar on a highway in Brighton earlier this month.
The Duke of Kent, 83, was reported to have been involved in a collision at 60 miles per hour (96km/h), reports the Daily Mail. Edward, who is Her Majesty the Queen’s first cousin, allegedly pulled out in front of a 21-year-old student on the fast-moving A27 road, causing her to slam on her brakes in a bid to avoid slamming into the side of the car.
Less than five months earlier, the Duke of Edinburgh was also involved in a road traffic collision, which led to him surrendering his licence, after the 98-year-old senior royal pulled out in front of a female driver close to the Queen’s beloved Sandringham Estate in Norfolk.
Prince Philip was left shaken in January when the car he was driving collided with a Kia carrying two women and a nine-month-old baby. While the duke escaped unhurt, one of the other car’s passengers, Emma Fairweather, broke her wrist.