Royal Family releases statement on death of woman hit by Duchess' police escort
Published: 24/05/2023- 08:51
Updated: 24/05/2023- 09:52
The Royal Family has released a statement on the death of Helen Holland, who was hit by a Met Police motorcycle escorting Sophie, Duchess of Edinburgh.
The incident occurred on at a junction in Earl's Court on May 10.
A Buckingham Palace spokesperson: "The Duchess of Edinburgh is deeply saddened to hear that Helen Holland has passed away.
"Her Royal Highness's deepest condolences and sympathies go to all of Ms Holland's family."
The Royal Family has released a statement on the death of Helen Holland
GB News understands The Duchess of Edinburgh will be in touch privately with Holland's family.
Her family said she fought "for her life for nearly two weeks... but irreversible damage to her brain finally ended the battle today".
Martin Holland, said his mother had died after "suffering multiple broken bones and massive internal injuries".
Following the incident, Buckingham Palace said the Duchess of Edinburgh's "thoughts and prayers are with the injured lady and her family".
The statement added that Sophie was grateful for the "swift response" of emergency services.
Holland's family described her as "beautiful, loving, kind and caring lady who would always put anyone before herself".
They said the mother of four, grandmother of 10, and great-grandmother of seven was a "well-respected and popular member of the community".
She was described as "sprightly for her age and nothing stopped her living life to the full, spending precious time with her family, muddy walks with the dogs and lunches with friends is what she enjoyed most."
The Metropolitan Police said an outrider collided with the Ms Holland at the junction of Cromwell Road and Warwick Road on May 10.
The incident, which happened days after the King's Coronation, is being investigated by the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC).