Duchess of Edinburgh “deeply saddened” by death of woman hit by police escort

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The Duchess of Edinburgh has said she is “deeply saddened” by the death of a woman who was hit by her police motorcycle escort. “Her Royal Highness’s deepest condolences and sympathies go to all of Ms Holland’s family,” a Buckingham Palace spokesperson said.

The 81-year-old Helen Holland was struct in Earl’s Court in London on the afternoon of 10 May. She sustained “multiple broken bones and massive internal injuries”, according to her son’s comments on the BBC. He added that she fought “for her life for nearly two weeks … but irreversible damage to her brain finally ended the battle today”.

The Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) is still investigating the incident and has appealed for witnesses to come forward. CCTV had also been taken from nearby properties.

The IOPC regional director, Amanda Rowe, said on 19 May: “Our thoughts are with the woman, who has sustained life-threatening injuries, and her family. We have been in touch with them to explain our role and will keep them regularly updated as the investigation progresses.”

Before the death of Helen Holland, Buckingham Palace stated, “The duchess’s heartfelt thoughts and prayers are with the injured lady and her family. She is grateful for the swift response by the emergency services and will keep abreast of developments.”

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