Who is Helen Holland and what happened to her?
Great-grandmother Helen Holland has tragically died two weeks after being hit by Duchess Sophie’s royal escort.
The 81-year-old suffered devastating injuries on May 10 – her family last night confirmed the death of the loved one.
Who is Helen Holland?
Helen Holland was an 81-year-old woman from Birchanger in Essex.
She was in London visiting her older sister when she was involved in a police accident.
Previously it was her son and daughter-in-law Martin and Lisa-Marie Holland said the BBC After the accident, they were “shocked and ill from their serious injuries.”
What happened to her?
Helen died after being hit by a Met Police motorcycle at a junction in Earl’s Court, west London, on May 10.
The motorcycle was a Met police vehicle escorting the Duchess of Edinburgh.
Helen was in a coma in critical condition and later died from her injuries.
Her son Martin Holland announced his mother’s death after she suffered “multiple broken bones and serious internal injuries”.
He said she was hit while using the “safe route of a pedestrian crossing”.
Her family told it BBC She “fought for her life for nearly two weeks … but irreversible damage to her brain finally ended the fight today.”
The police regulator The Independent Office for Police Conduct had launched an investigation into the accident.
It said CCTV and body camera footage was being examined and police officers at the scene were being questioned.
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.
What has the Duchess of Edinburgh Sophie Wessex said about the incident?
A Buckingham Palace spokesman said: “The Duchess of Edinburgh is deeply saddened by the death of Helen Holland.
“Her Royal Highness’s deepest condolences and sympathy go out to all of Mrs Holland’s family.”
Buckingham Palace had previously said that Sophie, the Duchess of Edinburgh had “heartfelt thoughts” with Helen.
It is understood Sophie will remain in touch with Ms Holland’s family privately.
Relatives took to social media to pay tribute to Helen. One of them said: “Rest in peace Nanny (Helen) Holland. One of the kindest and happiest souls you have ever had the privilege of meeting.”