An 83-year-old woman has been severely injured and hospitalised following an accident involving Prince William and Kate Middleton’s convoy in London.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were on their way to Windsor from London on Monday when the incident took place, PEOPLE reports.
Prince William and Kate were in a Range Rover with four motorcycle outriders and two other cars as they headed to Windsor for a Knights of the Garter ceremony.
According to witnesses, the police motorbike who was a part of Prince William and Kate’s convoy was on the wrong side of the road as it was attempting to clear traffic in front of royal motorcade when it hit Irene Mayor – an elderly woman, FOX News reports.
The elderly widow identified as Irene Mayor was thrown into the air by the impact and landed awkwardly.
She was immediately rushed to the hospital by air ambulance and on Tuesday night doctors said she was in a serious but stable condition with a broken pelvis and other injuries, Sun UK reports.
“His bike hit her and she spun round, off her feet and fell badly on the floor,” a witness said.
“The officer was devastated. But he was going on the wrong side of the road. It could have been so much worse.”
The duke and duchess were only told of the accident once they arrived at Windsor. They sent the woman flowers and have asked the elderly woman’s daughter, Fiona, if they could visit her in hospital.
“She’s got lots of injuries. They are just keeping her stable at the moment,” Fiona told the media.
One of Irene’s friends, Lionel Blackburn (78), said he was devastated to hear she’d been hit by a police bike.
“She’s an incredibly nice person. I have known her for over 40 years,” he said.
“She used to do a lot of voluntary work for the church and her husband, Walter, used to lead the evening service
“Irene is always smiling and cheerful, hopefully she’ll be back at church soon.”
The accident will be investigated by the Independent Office for Police Conduct.