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An Elderly Woman Was Strolling. Then, a Royal Collision

83-year-old in serious condition after being hit by motorcycle in William and Kate's convoy
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 19, 2019 9:10 AM CDT
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Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, right, and Prince William arrive at the annual Royal Ascot horse race in Ascot, England on Tuesday.   (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)
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(Newser) – The royals just can't seem to avoid proximity to car crashes lately. Five months after Prince Philip was in an accident that injured two women, the BBC reports a police motorcycle in the convoy of his grandson, Prince William, and William's wife, Kate, hit an elderly pedestrian Monday as they traveled from London to Windsor for a church service. The 83-year-old woman, who's been identified simply as Irene by Kensington Palace, was said to be in serious but stable condition after the lunchtime crash in southwest London.

"The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were deeply concerned and saddened to hear about the accident on Monday afternoon," a palace statement reads, per CNN. William and Kate reportedly sent Irene some flowers, and "will stay in touch throughout every stage of her recovery," the statement adds. A police watchdog group is investigating the crash. (Prince Philip voluntarily turned in his driver's license after his January crash.)

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