June 6, 2023

The Duchess of Edinburgh has mentioned she is “deeply saddened” by the demise of a pensioner, who was hit by a police motorbike as they escorted the royal via London two weeks in the past. 

Helen Holland, 81, from Birchanger, Essex was struck by the motorcycle on 10 Could on the junction of Cromwell Street and Warwick Street in west London, the place she remained in a essential situation for 2 weeks. 

A Buckingham Palace spokesperson mentioned: “The Duchess of Edinburgh is deeply saddened to listen to that Helen Holland has handed away. Her Royal Highness’s deepest condolences and sympathies go to all of Ms Holland’s household.”

HELLO! understands that Sophie will probably be in contact privately with Ms Holland’s household. 

Ms Holland’s household advised the BBC that she fought “for her life for practically two weeks… however irreversible injury to her mind lastly ended the battle at the moment”.,

Asserting her demise, her son, Martin Holland, mentioned his mom had died after “struggling a number of damaged bones and big inside accidents”.

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Sophie and Edward had attended a Buckingham Palace backyard celebration the day earlier than the incident
Duchess Sophie 'praying' as elderly lady hurt after colliding with royal motorcade© Getty
The palace has launched an announcement of the Duchess

BBC Information At Ten newsreader Clive Myrie  beforehand mentioned the household is “calling for an intensive investigation”.

The power mentioned the Directorate of Skilled Requirements, which investigates officers’ conduct, has been knowledgeable as is routine.  

Different royal accidents

Again in 2019, a grandmother was significantly injured after being hit by a police motorcyclist in Prince William and Kate’s royal motorcade.

Irene Mayor, then 83, was rushed to hospital in a essential situation after she reportedly broke her pelvis.

The incident occurred when the then Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have been travelling to Windsor to affix the Queen on the Order of the Garter ceremony in Windsor Citadel.

William and Kate have been left “deeply involved and saddened” by the incident and reached out to Irene’s household, Kensington Palace confirmed on the time.

The royal couple even despatched flowers with a handwritten notice and advised Mrs Mayor’s daughter Fiona that they needed to go to the church-going grandmother if she was keen to see them.

The Duchess of Edinburgh visits Iraq

Sophie has made a shock go to to Iraq as a part of her work championing the survivors of conflict-related sexual violence, Buckingham Palace introduced on Tuesday

Sophie has spent two days within the capital Baghdad, the place she heard in regards to the challenges dealing with Iraqi ladies and ladies, and the continued work to guard and promote their rights, the palace mentioned.

The beforehand unannounced journey, which was stored secret for safety causes, was made on the request of the International, Commonwealth and Growth Workplace, in help of the Ladies, Peace and Safety Agenda (WPS). 

The International Workplace advises towards all journey to the vast majority of provinces in Iraq, amid the specter of violent protests in and across the Worldwide Zone in Baghdad.

The Duchess of Edinburgh was recieved by the President and First Lady of Iraq© PA
The Duchess of Edinburgh was recieved by the President and First Girl of Iraq

Sophie visited a highschool for ladies, and spoke to college students and lecturers about training for younger ladies within the nation, and their hopes for the longer term.

She additionally visited a household planning centre to listen to about work being carried out to help the reproductive well being and wellbeing of Iraqi ladies, and met feminine enterprise leaders to debate the significance of ladies’s financial empowerment.

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