Designer over­see­ing UK royal ren­o­va­tions dies in ac­ci­dent

The China Post - - INTERNATIONAL -

Moira Gem­mill, a lead­ing Bri­tish de­sign ex­pert charged with mod­ern­iz­ing two of Queen El­iz­a­beth II’s res­i­dences, has been killed in a cy­cling ac­ci­dent in Lon­don.

Gem­mill helped re­fur­bish the Vic­to­ria and Al­bert Mu­seum in Lon­don be­fore start­ing work early this year as direc­tor of cap­i­tal pro­grams at the Royal Col­lec­tion Trust. She had been work­ing on ren­o­va­tion projects at Wind­sor Cas­tle near Lon­don and Holy­rood Palace in Ed­in­burgh.

The 55-year-old was cy­cling to work at St. James’s Palace, an­other royal res­i­dence, when she was hit by a truck on Thurs­day morn­ing.

The Royal Col­lec­tion Trust said Fri­day it was “sad­dened and shocked” by her death.

V&A direc­tor Martin Roth paid trib­ute to Gem­mill’s “re­mark­able con­tri­bu­tion in mak­ing the V&A the global leader in mu­seum de­sign that it is to­day.”

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