Sophie, Duchess of Edinburgh, is said to be “praying” for an elderly woman who was hit by a police motorbike escorting Sophie in West London.
The woman, thought to be in her 80s is said to be fighting for her life in hospital in critical after being rushed there following the incident that occurred at around 3.21pm on Wednesday.
Paramedics from the London Ambulance Service and London’s Air Ambulance scrambled to the scene after the police motorbike struck the woman at the junction of Cromwell Road and Warwick Road while on escort duties.
The Metropolitan Police confirmed the incident and said that the injured woman’s family had been informed.
According to MailOnline, Buckingham Palace says the Duchess of Edinburgh’s “thoughts and prayers are with the injured lady and her family.”
They also said that Duchess Sophie was grateful for the “swift response” of emergency services.
Pictures taken at the scene show a Special Escort Group police bike inside a police cordon, with various debris including a brown paper bag, a face mask and a bottle of hand sanitiser strewn across the road.
There is also a single shoe next to a police marker, but it is not clear if it is the victim’s.
There are no reports of any other injuries from the incident.
It’s been a busy week for the Duke and Duchess of Edinburgh, who are now some of the most senior royals, as they have attended a number of engagements, including, of course, the Coronation of King Charles and Queen Camilla on Saturday, May 6.
Prince Edward and Sophie were present at the spectacular Coronation concert on Sunday evening, and Sophie was seen having the time of her life as she showed off her dance moves.
The newly-appointed Duchess of Edinburgh looked stunning in a coral dress as she attended the event alongside her husband, Prince Edward, the Duke of Edinburgh, and their children, Lady Louise, 19, and James, Viscount Severn, 15, along with the rest of the royal family.
Sophie, 48, could be seen shimmying away to Lionel’s energetic set, as she proved she was clearly a fan of the world-famous crooner.
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