The women, aged 45 and 55, were among 8,000 people at a palace garden party hit by thunderstorms which caused injuries across south-east England. They were kept in hospital overnight. The Queen and other members of the Royal Family were in the royal tea tent when the storm broke. The injured women were 50 yards behind the tent, when the lightning hit a nearby tree.
In Richmond, south-west London, 14 schoolchildren were taken to hospital after being struck by lightning.