Prince William and Kate's police convoy hits 83-year-old woman

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Published 19.06.2019 17:35
Updated 20.06.2019 11:07
Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, right, and Prince William arrive on the day one of the annual Royal Ascot horse race meeting in Ascot, England, Tuesday, June 18, 2019. (AP Photo)
Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, right, and Prince William arrive on the day one of the annual Royal Ascot horse race meeting in Ascot, England, Tuesday, June 18, 2019. (AP Photo)

An 83-year-old woman was in a serious condition in a British hospital on Wednesday after being hit by a motorbike in the convoy carrying Prince William and his wife Kate.

The royal couple were traveling from their central London home to Windsor, west of the capital, on Monday when a police outrider collided with the pensioner. The accident took place when the couple were on their way to Windsor for the St George's Chapel service commemorating the Order of the Garter.

Kensington Palace said they were "deeply concerned and saddened" and had contacted the woman, identified as "Irene Mayor".

"Their Royal Highnesses have sent their very best wishes to Irene and her family and will stay in touch throughout every stage of her recovery," the palace said.

The couple were reported to have sent flowers to the woman, who is in a serious but stable condition, with The Sun tabloid reporting she sustained a broken pelvis.

A witness told the paper the "bike hit her and she spun round, off her feet and fell badly on the floor".

"The officer (driving) was devastated. But he was going on the wrong side of the road."

The Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) said it was investigating the collision "in line with procedure".

In January, a woman was injured in a car crash involving Prince Philip, the husband of Queen Elizabeth II, near the royal family's Sandringham Estate.

The Land Rover that Philip was driving flipped over. The 98-year-old was uninjured and voluntarily surrendered his driver's license soon after.

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