In an unfortunate accident that took place on Monday, an 83-year-old widow was hit by a motorbike outrider who was accompanying the Royal Convoy as they made way to their way to Windsor Castle. The royal convoy included Prince William and Kate Middleton along with their security who were en route to attend the Garter Day festivities when their outrider collided with the old widow.
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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge joined The Queen and Members of the Royal Family to attend this year’s Order of the Garter service in St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle. The Order of the Garter is the oldest and most senior Order of Chivalry in Britain, established by King Edward III nearly 700 years ago. The Order includes The Queen, who is Sovereign of the Garter, The Duke of Cambridge and several senior Members of the Royal Family, and twenty-four knights or ladies chosen in recognition of their work. Knights of the Garter are chosen personally by the Sovereign to honour those who have held public office, who have contributed in a particular way to national life or who have served the Sovereign personally. Supernumerary, or ‘Stranger’ Knights, are overseas monarchs appointed to the Order, and are in addition to the twenty-four knights or ladies — The King of Spain and The King of the Netherlands attended this year’s Garter Day service, during which they were installed as Supernumerary Knights of the Garter. Earlier in the day The Queen held a private Investiture in the Garter Throne Room at Windsor Castle, where Lady Mary Peters was invested with the Order's insignia by Her Majesty. During their visit to Northern Ireland in February, The Duke and Duchess congratulated @Olympics gold medallist Lady Mary on her appointment to the Order of the Garter. 📷 Kensington Palace/PA @TheRoyalFamily @koninklijkhuis #GarterDay #WindsorCastle
The victim was identified as Irene Mayor, who was immediately taken to the hospital in an ambulance. The collision took place on Upper Richmond Road in south-west London. The accident is said to have taken place at approximately 12:50 pm.
According to the hospital that she was taken to Irene’s condition remains serious but stable. The situation is being investigated by the Independent office for Police conduct to conclude what happened.
As per an eye-witness, the police motorbike was on the wrong side of the road he said,
“His bike hit her and she spun around, off her feet and fell badly on the floor.”
The Duke and Duchess weren’t aware of the accident while it happened but were told about it shortly after. According to reports the Royals are in constant touch with the relatives of the widow and are keen to pay a visit when the old lady’s condition improves.
“The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were deeply concerned and saddened to hear about the accident on Monday afternoon,” said an official representative of the couple.
It is believed that the royal couple has also sent flowers along with a hand-written letter as a way to show their remorse about the accident. A member of their staff has also paid a visit to the lady.
According to the friends and family of Irene, she was an extremely pleasant and jolly woman who volunteered a lot in the local church activities.