AN 83-YEAR-OLD woman was in a critical condition in hospital last night after she was hit by a police motor-cycle escorting the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
Irene Mayor suffered a broken pelvis, two broken arms, a broken leg and a head injury after a collision with a member of the Royalty and Specialist Protection Command in Richmond, south-west London.
Last night, her sister Joyce Shore, 86, said: ‘She is in the emergency ward. We are waiting for surgery to take place, it is going to be a long process.’
Kensington Palace said William and Kate were ‘deeply concerned and saddened to hear about the accident’. They are understood to have sent flowers.
A spokesperson added: ‘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 accident happened at around 12.50pm on Monday when the royal couple were on their way to Windsor for the St George’s Chapel service commemorating the Order of the Garter.
A witness described how ‘the bike hit her and she spun round, off her feet and fell badly on the floor’. A passing motorist told how they saw her ‘on the ground, not moving at all’.
The Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) is now investigating the collision. A spokesman said: ‘A woman in her 80s suffered serious injuries and was taken to a London hospital.
‘In line with procedure, the Metropolitan Police referred the collision to the IOPC.’ The spokesman added: ‘The investigation is in its early stages and the officer involved is assisting our inquiries as a witness. Our thoughts are with the woman and her family.’
Giles Oakley, a neighbour who lives opposite Ms Mayor, told the Press Association: ‘They’re a lovely family. It is very, very sad that Irene has been injured. She is a very sweet person.’