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Widow critical after Prince William and Kate Middleton’s bike escort hits her on way to Windsor

Mirror logo Mirror 18/06/2019 Talia Shadwell

a man riding a motorcycle in front of a car: PRIO Widow critical after Will and Kate’s bike escort hits her on their way to Windsor © Provided by Reach Publishing Services Limited PRIO Widow critical after Will and Kate’s bike escort hits her on their way to Windsor 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 believed to be aged in her 80s yesterday afternoon as they travelled through Richmond, West London.

The Palace confirmed the Duke and Duchess have extended their heartfelt sympathies to Irene Mayor's family.

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A statement issued by Buckingham Palace on behalf of the Cambridges tonight said:  "The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were deeply concerned and saddened to hear about the accident on Monday afternoon.

"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.

a view of a city street filled with lots of traffic: The royal motorcade carrying the Cambridges in July 2017 in Germany © Getty Images The royal motorcade carrying the Cambridges in July 2017 in Germany 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 12:50pm Monday.

The force said a marked police motorbike was involved in a collision with a pedestrian on Upper Richmond Road, Richmond.

a car parked on a city street: A limousine carrying the Cambridges in the streets of Berlin in 2017 © Provided by Reach Publishing Services Limited A limousine carrying the Cambridges in the streets of Berlin in 2017 "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.

a car is lined up on the side of a road © Google A witness told the newspaper the police bike hit her and she spun around off her feet and hit the ground.

The victim's mother, 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."

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It comes just months after Prince Phillip was involved in a crash in Sandringham.

Passenger Emma Fairweather broke her wrist in the crash. The 97-year-old Duke of Edinburgh later apologised to her over the January 17 collision in a hand-signed note.

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