Queen's designer killed after colliding with lorry while cycling in London

Moira Gemmill is fifth cyclist killed in the capital this year

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Undated handout photo issued by the Victoria and Albert Museum of Moira Gemmill, 55, who was killed in an accident with a lorry in London yesterday. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Friday April 10, 2015. Formerly with the Victoria and Albert (V&A) Museum in London, Ms Gemmill had just begun a new role as director of capital programmes at the Royal Collection Trust. In this position, she had been working on the delivery of major programmes at Windsor Castle and at Holyrood Palace in Edinburgh. See PA story TRANSPORT Cyclist. Photo credit should read: Graham Jepson/PA Wire  NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.

A designer who was cycling to work at St James's Palace died after colliding with a lorry near Lambeth Bridge.

Moira Gemmill, 55, who was former design chief of the Victoria and Albert Museum and had just started a new role Royal Collection Trust, was struck by the HGV near the Horseferry Road and Millbank junction on Thursday morning.

Ms Gemmill was pronounced dead at the scene. The 40-year-old lorry driver was questioned but not arrested.

She is the fifth cyclist to die in London this year.

Director of the trust Jonathan Marsden told the BBC: "We are deeply saddened and shocked by this tragic news.

"In her very short time with us, Moira had become both a good friend and a highly respected colleague, and we shall miss her very greatly."

Speaking to the Evening Standard, her devastated brother Andrew said: "She was a wonderful, inspirational woman.

"She was absolutely extraordinary but in a very modest way. She lived a modest life. She was very excited about her new post, we all were."

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