Grandmother seriously injured after collision with Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's Royal convoy

Hannah Furness
The scene on the Upper Richmond Rd, Richmond London where a police bike, part of a Royal convoy, hit 84 year old Irene Mayor - Simon Banks - The Sun

A grandmother has been taken to hospital with serious injuries following an accident with a Royal convoy carrying the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

The 83-year-old woman was left injured in an incident believed to have involved a police motorcycle outrider, travelling alongside the Duke and Duchess’ car on the way to the Garter Day ceremony at Windsor on Monday.

The Duke and Duchess are “deeply concerned and saddened” after being told of the accident, and have been in touch with the family to send flowers.

The woman, named locally as Irene Mayor, is being treated in a London hospital for what has been described as serious injuries, but is in a stable condition.

The matter has been referred to the Independent Office for Police Conduct by the Metropolitan Police, and will be investigated to establish what happened.

The royal couple have been touch with the woman's family to send flowers Credit: Karwai Tang

An officer, believed to have been riding in a marked police motorcycle in front of the Duke and Duchess’ Range Rover in line with standard travel procedures for official business, is helping the IOPC with inquiries as a witness.

A spokesman for Kensington Palace 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 wishes to Irene and her family and will stay in touch throughout every stage of her recovery.”

The collision happened on Upper Richmond Road in south west London at 12.50pm on Monday.

The Duke and Duchess, who did not see the accident, were made aware of what had happened shortly afterwards and made contact with Mrs Mayor’s relatives via a police family liaison officer.

The Duke is understood to have been keen to visit in person but, after it was judged too intrusive to arrange immediately, a member of their staff has been to see the family, with the Duke hoping to visit Mrs Mayor in person when she feels up to it.

84 year old Irene Mayor was airlifted to hospital by the air ambulance  Credit: News Licensing/The Sun

An IOPC spokesman said on Tuesday: “We are investigating the circumstances surrounding a collision involving a marked police motorcycle attached to the Royalty and Specialist Protection Command and a woman pedestrian on Upper Richmond Road, Richmond, south west London at 12.50pm on Monday 17 June.

“The woman, in her 80s, suffered serious injuries and was taken to a London hospital where she remains in a serious but stable condition.

“In line with procedure, the Metropolitan Police Service referred the collision to the IOPC.

“Our staff attended the scene of the incident and after careful consideration, we have launched an independent investigation. The investigation is in its very early stages and the officer involved is assisting our enquiries as a witness.

“Our immediate thoughts are with the injured woman and her family and those affected by the incident. The woman’s family has asked that their privacy be respected at this time.”

This is the fourth traffic accident involving a member of the Royal Family in seven months Credit: News Licensing/The Sun

Mrs Mayor's daughter Fiona told the Sun: “She’s got lots of injuries. They are just keeping her stable at the moment.”  

It is the fourth traffic accident involving a member of the Royal Family in seven months, following a dramatic crash at Sandringham which left the Duke of Edinburgh’s car overturned.

In March, it was reported that a car belonging to a member of the public had been hit by a police driver in another royal convoy, believed to have been taking the Countess of Wessex to Birmingham.

Last week, the Queen’s cousin, the Duke of Kent, was also reported to have been involved in  a car crash with a student in Brighton.

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