Queen Elizabeth II of ENGLAND almost Shot by Her Own Palace Guard While Taking a Walk
Queen Elizabeth II has been nearly killed by one of own
palace guards, The Independent reports.
Apparently, one of the perks of being a member of the
hereditary UK monarchy is that you have armed guards
watching over you at all hours.
However, that apparently almost backfired for the Queen
when she decided to take a late-night walk around the
palace grounds and came close to being shot. An ex-guardsman who was speaking to The Times, said from time to time her majesty is said to struggle to sleep. During a spell of insomnia, the 90-year-old will occasionally put on her coat and go for a short stroll.
Late one night, he said he was patrolling inside the perimeter of the Palace walls when he spotted a figure in the darkness. Thinking that he had caught a potentially dangerous intruder, sneaking into the Royal residence at 3am, he shouted: “Who’s that?”
But to his surprise, it was actually the Queen.
“Bloody hell, Your Majesty, I nearly shot you,” he reported to have said, on impulse.
Perhaps realising this wasn’t the tone to be used when
addressing the Queen, he told The Times he expected a
telling off. But the Queen reportedly took responsibility for putting him in such an awkward position..
“That’s quite all right,” she replied. “Next time I’ll ring
through beforehand so you don’t have to shoot me.”
It is believed the encounter happened at the Queen’s normal weekday residence, Buckingham Palace. In 2013, Prince Andrew was also mistaken for an intruder and confronted by armed police as he walked in the vast gardens.
Police said no weapons were drawn but issued an apology
to the prince, despite the palace having been subject to several real security breaches in recent years.
In August, a 22-year-old man was arrested just after
4am after climbing over a security fence. He was spotted
by officers monitoring CCTV.
In May, Denis Hennessy, 41, climbed over barbed wire
and roamed the palace grounds for about 10 minutes while
The Queen, Prince Philip, and Prince Andrew were in
residence. When he was found by officers he repeatedly asked them: “Is Ma’am in?”
Before that, in 2013, a man scaled the perimeter fence and
was found at around 10pm actually inside the building, in
one of the State Rooms. None of the royals were home
at the time.
The news of the near-shooting comes at a time when the
public is particularly tuned into the Queen’s wellbeing. The
elderly monarch was not seen for a fortnight over the
Christmas period due to poor health.