A WOMAN in her 80s who was hit by a police motorbike escorting the Duchess of Edinburgh is in hospital in a coma, her family said last night.
The victim of the incident has been named as Helen Holland, 81, of Birchanger. Essex.
She had been in London to visit her older sister on Wednesday and her family said she is now in a coma.
Her son and daughter-in-law Martin and Lisa-Marie Holland said the BBC They were “shocked and outraged by their serious injuries.”
“She is being well cared for by the NHS, who we must thank deeply for their help in keeping her alive,” they added.
BBC News At Ten anchor Clive Myrie said the family was calling for “a thorough investigation”.
On Thursday, Buckingham Palace said Sophie was “grateful for the quick response from emergency services” and added that she would “keep abreast of developments”.
In a statement, the palace said: “The heartfelt thoughts and prayers of the Duchess are with the injured lady and her family.”
“She is grateful for the quick response from emergency services and will keep abreast of developments.”
“Further comment would be inappropriate at this time while the incident is being investigated.”
According to the Metropolitan Police, the pedestrian was taken to hospital after the accident, where she remains in critical condition.
The Met Police Special Escort Group provides armed escorts for members of the Royal Family, VIPs, protected members of government, visiting royals, heads of state and other dignitaries.
It also provides armed vehicle escort for valuable, dangerous and protected cargo – and can also include high-risk prisoners.
On Wednesday evening, the police said that no other injuries had been reported and that the investigation into the accident was not yet complete.
Police said the Professional Standards Directorate, which investigates the officers’ behavior, was routinely briefed.
Duchess Sophie was also spotted on Friday For the first time since the incident, she put on a brave face as she watched the Riding for the Disabled category on day two of the Royal Windsor Horse Show.
Wearing a beige Barbour coat over a floral dress and wellies, she ducked under a cameo umbrella as the jockeys took off.