The Queen almost SHOT by guardsman during night time stroll – reports
An ex-guardsman has told how he once “nearly shot” the Queen after the monarch went for a late night walk around the palace grounds when she could not sleep. According to The Times’s diary column, the unnamed soldier revealed he spotted a figure in the darkness at 3am. “Thinking that he had come across an intruder, he shouted: ‘Who’s that?’ To his surprise it was the Queen. ‘Bloody hell, Your Majesty, I nearly shot you’, he blurted out,” the newspaper said.
The Queen, who apparently likes to go for a stroll when she cannot sleep, was said to have responded: “That’s quite all right. “Next time I’ll ring through beforehand so you don’t have to shoot me.” Buckingham Palace declined to comment. The Queen is attracting plenty of social media attention these days, with rumours swirling regarding her supposed ill-health.
Her Majesty delayed her festive trip to Sandringham last month. And Queen Elizabeth failed to appear for a New Year’s Day service at her estate. And the social media mutterings reached fever pitch when a fake BBC News account duped scores of people with a fake report of her death. The speculation prompted Buckingham Palace to take the unusual step of commenting on Her Majesty’s health. The Palace say the Queen “continues to recover from a heavy cold and will stay indoors to assist with her recovery”.
THE REASON FOR THE HIGH SECURITY
In 2013, Prince Andrew had the same encounter in the same garden when he was confronted by a policeman who mistook him for an intruder in broad daylight.
The vigilance of the security guards is quite understandable considering how often intruders have scaled the fence and gotten into the palace in the past.
In August 2016, a 22-year-old man was arrested after he climbed over a security fence just after 4 a.m. and was spotted by officers monitoring the CCTV. In May 2016 Denis Hennessy, 41, climbed over the fence and roamed freely in the palace grounds. When he was found by officers he repeatedly asked them “Is Ma’am in?” In 2013 a man was found after 10 p.m. in one of the State Rooms after he scaled the fence.