Prince William and Kate's convoy escort injures elderly woman in crash

LONDON, June 19 (Reuters) - An elderly woman is in hospital with serious injuries after she was struck by a police motorbike escort for Britain's Prince William and his wife Kate.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's convoy was traveling from London to Windsor on Monday afternoon when the accident occurred.

The woman, Irene Mayor, who is in her 80s, is in a serious but stable condition, police said.

The Sun newspaper, citing witnesses, said the escort was on the wrong side of the road clearing traffic for the couple's convoy when the incident happened.

Britain's police watchdog, the Independent Office for Police Conduct, said it was investigating.

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The Duke of Cambridge (left), the Duchess of Cambridge, Queen Elizabeth II, the Duchess of Cornwall, King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands and Queen Maxima of the Netherlands attending day one of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse.
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The royal couple were "deeply concerned and saddened" to hear of the accident, according to a spokeswoman, and a member of their staff visited the woman and delivered flowers.

"Their Royal Highnesses have sent their very best regards to Irene and her family and will stay in touch throughout every stage of her recovery," the spokeswoman said.

The accident took place when the couple were on their way to Windsor for the St George's Chapel service commemorating the Order of the Garter.

In January, a woman was injured in a car crash involving Prince Philip near the royal family's Sandringham Estate.

The Land Rover that Philip was driving flipped over. The 98-year-old was uninjured and voluntarily surrendered his driver's license soon after.

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