A London’s Air Ambulance was summoned to Buckingham Palace on Tuesday after a cyclist was struck by a taxi near the Queen’s main residence. The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh were not in residence at the time and are currently on holiday in Scotland.
A spokesperson from the Metropolitan Police confirmed the air ambulance landed at Constitution Hill on Tuesday morning.
The incident was corroborated by a spokeswoman from the London Ambulance service: “We were called at 11:58am to reports of a road traffic collision at Constitution Hill, SW1.
“We sent an ambulance crew, a paramedic on a bike, a paramedic on a motorbike and an incident response officer to the scene. We also dispatched London’s Air Ambulance to the scene. We treated a man at the scene for head injuries and took him as a priority to a hospital in West London.”
Speaking to London Evening Standard, Dave, an American tourist retold the event’s excitement and chaos.
He said: “The helicopter landed and all the medics came running out down the road. There was a bit of a panic, nobody knew what was going on.”
A British tourist said that Constitution Hill was cordoned off for over two hours while the helicopter remained on scene.
In true tourist fashion, those present took selfies with the air ambulance crew and of the helicopter. They also shared pictures of the accident on social media. One wrote: “A trauma helicopter just landed at Buckingham Palace. What’s the news?! While another stated: “Something happening at Buckingham Palace. Emergency services on scene.”
There hasn’t been any updates provided regarding the condition of the man taken to hospital. No members of the Royal Family were in residence at the time of the accident.