Queen’s relatives killed in South Africa car smash ‘died of injuries from crash’

A mother and daughter distantly related to the Queen died from injuries sustained in a car crash in South Africa, their inquests have heard.

Louise Sword, 53, and her 12-year-old daughter Tabitha, of Lurgashall, West Sussex, died after their SUV collided with another vehicle near Zinkwazi while they were on holiday.

Mrs Sword’s brother, Timothy Taylor, is married to a cousin of the Queen, Lady Helen Taylor, who is 42nd in line to the throne.

The inquests into the August 10 deaths were opened at West Sussex Coroner’s Court in Crawley today.

The court heard how the mum died shortly after being taken to a Durban hospital, while the girl was pronounced dead at the scene.

Louise’s husband Alistair, 53, and 11-year-old son Benjamin were both cut free from their SUV they were travelling in and airlifted to hospital, The Sun reports.

A couple of days after the incident, reports said they were in a critical but stable condition.

The Sword family were all believed to be wearing seatbelts at the time of the crash.

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A Foreign Office spokeswoman told Mirror Online earlier this month: "Our staff are assisting the next of kin of a British family who have been involved in a road accident in South Africa and are in contact with the local authorities. "

According to previous local reports , the driver of the other vehicle, a 60-year-old female, died shortly after the arrival of paramedics.

Post-mortem examinations found Louise and Tabitha both died as a result of injuries sustained in the crash, the coroner was told.

Coroner Joanne Andrews adjourned their inquests to resume at the same court on January 8.

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