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Duchess Sophie 'praying' for elderly lady injured by her royal motorcade in London

The accident took place just minutes before she and Prince Edward attended a garden party at Buckingham Palace


Duchess Sophie 'praying' as elderly lady hurt after colliding with royal motorcade
Andrea Caamano
Website Editor
May 11, 2023
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The Duchess of Edinburgh has said she is "praying" for an elderly lady who is in critical condition after being struck by her royal motorcade in London on Tuesday afternoon.

The Metropolitan Police have confirmed that the accident, which saw a police motorcycle collide with a pedestrian, took place in the afternoon, around 3.21pm, near the junction of Cromwell Road and Warwick Road in Earl's Court.

Paramedics from the London Ambulance Service and London's Air Ambulance attended the scene, and the woman was taken to hospital. She remains in a critical condition and her family have been informed.

The Duchess of Edinburgh wearing her Mary Katrantzou dress in 2015© Getty Images
The Duchess of Edinburgh is said to be 'praying' for the elderly lady

Buckingham Palace has said the Duchess's "thoughts and prayers are with the injured lady and her family".

They added: "She is grateful for the swift response by the emergency services and will keep abreast of developments. Further comment at this time would not be appropriate while the incident is being investigated."

The terrible accident would have happened as the Duchess of her husband, Prince Edward, were on their way to Buckingham Palace to host a Garden Party at Buckingham Palace.

The Duchess of Edinburgh and the Princess of Wales at Buckingham Palace garden party© Instagram / @princeandprincessofwales
The Duchess of Edinburgh and the Princess of Wales at the garden party

The royal couple were joined at the event by the Prince and Princess of Wales, the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester and Princess Anne

The party began at 4pm on Tuesday and was attended by 8,000 guests, who all gathered in Buckingham Palace's garden.

Duchess Sophie speaking to two people© WPA Pool
Sophie spoke with guests at the event

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Garden parties have been held at Buckingham Palace since the 1860s when Queen Victoria began what was known as "breakfasts", although they took place in the afternoon.

The garden party was held following a busy weekend of coronation festivities, in which Sophie and Edward played a part in, even appearing in an official portrait with the newly crowned King and Queen.

King Charles and Queen Camilla are pictured with working members of the royal family in the fourth official portrait
King Charles and Queen Camilla are pictured with working members of the royal family in the fourth official portrait

Royal fans were quick to examine the image – and spotted a very tender gesture from Sophie and her husband. The couple are seen discreetly supporting Princess Alexandra so that she can stand for the photograph.

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"The care that Sophie and Edward are taking over Princess Alexandra…," one fan noted. A second agreed: "I just adore Sophie. She is just pure class, kindness, and elegance!"

King Charles and Queen Consort Camilla official coronation
King Charles and Queen Camilla also shared several photos of themselves

"What a splendid photo. I love zooming in to see all the details on all the outfits. What a lot of hard work! I have no idea who the old lady is but it is wonderful to see she is supported by both the Duke and Duchess of Edinburgh. Fabulous!" a third remarked.

It comes after fans got to see a very different side of Sophie during her attendance at the coronation concert on Sunday night.

Duchess Sophie was having a great time dancing to Lionel Ritchie© bbc
Duchess Sophie was having a great time dancing to Lionel Ritchie

She was spotted by cameras having a solo dance to 'All Night Long' by Lionel Richie, which you can see in the video below - and viewers were quick to comment on how relatable she is, and praising her for "letting her hair down".

Duchess Sophie shows off sultry dance move as whole royal family dance to Lionel Richie

Other royal accidents

Back in 2019, a grandmother was seriously 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 critical condition after she reportedly broke her pelvis.

The incident happened when the then Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were travelling to Windsor to join the Queen at the Order of the Garter ceremony in Windsor Castle.

William and Kate were left "deeply concerned and saddened" by the incident and reached out to Irene's family, Kensington Palace confirmed at the time.

The royal couple even sent flowers with a handwritten note and told Mrs Mayor's daughter Fiona that they wanted to visit the church-going grandmother if she was willing to see them.

Duchess Sophie's coronation fashion

Sophie, Duchess of Edinburgh during the Garden Party at Buckingham Palace ahead of the coronation of King Charles III © Getty
Sophie attended the first Garden Party of the year at Buckingham Palace just days before the coronation of King Charles III
Sophie looked stunning in pink© Getty
The Duchess dazzled guests in a stunning Suzannah London pink ensemble
Duchess of Edinburgh pre coronation party© Photographer:magic curley blitz
On the eve of Charles and Camilla's coronation, Sophie dinned with foreign royals at Oswald's and chose a gorgeous Erdem midi dress for the occasion
Duchess Sophie looked incredible as she arrived with her family to the King's coronation© Getty Images
On Saturday, Duchess Sophie looked incredible in another Suzannah London creation as she arrived with her family at Westminster Abbey
Duchess of Edinburgh arriving to take her seat in the Royal Box for the Coronation Concert held in the grounds of Windsor Castle © Getty Images
For Sunday night's Coronation Concert, held in the grounds of Windsor Castle, the 58-year-old opted for a coral Beulah dress
The Duke of Edinburgh and Sophie, the Duchess of Edinburgh took part in a puppy class at the Guide Dogs for the Blind Association Training Centre at a pop-up Coronation Cafe.© Chris Jackson
On Monday, Sophie and her husband, the Duke of Edinburgh, took part in a puppy class at the Guide Dogs for the Blind Association Training Centre at a pop-up Coronation Cafe

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