Published On: Wed, Jul 10th, 2019

Royal security breach as intruder breaks into Buckingham Palace while Queen fast asleep | Royal | News


The man climbed over the front gates of the palace, enabling him to bang down the doors of the royal residence. Sources told the newspaper it took around four minutes for police to apprehend the man as they assessed whether he was carrying any weapons. There are also fears the intruder was attempting to replicate Michael Fagan, who famously entered the Queen’s bedroom almost 37 years ago to the day.

A Metropolitian Police spokesman said: “Officers have arrested a man on suspicion of trespass, contrary to section 128 of the Serious Organised Crime and Police Act 2005.

“The 22-year-old man was arrested at approximately 02:00hrs on Wednesday, 10 July by officers from the Met’s Royalty and Specialist Protection Command after he climbed over the front gates at Buckingham Palace.

“The man was not found in possession of any offensive weapons and the incident is not being treated as terrorist-related.

“He remains in custody at a central London police station.”

Buckingham Palace declined to comment, and said it is a matter for the police.

A royal insider told The Sun: “There was an intruder at the Palace while the Queen lay sleeping in her bedroom and he was on the loose for a good few minutes before the cops arrested him.

“He was determined to get inside the palace and was banging down the doors but, thank goodness, this time everything was locked up.”

The insider added there was a “very real fear” the intruder was attempting to copy the break-in from Fagan in 1982.

They added: “This intruder got into the Palace almost 37 years to the day since Michael Fagan ended up getting inside the Queen’s bedroom. There is a genuine theory and very real fear that he could have been launching a copycat operation.

“The police eventually detained him under the mental health act, but they have to ask some serious questions about how he got on and how he had so long to roam free.

“How is it possible all these years later that someone can climb the fence and get right inside the grounds without being stopped immediately? What about heat censors and CCTV? The Queen’s safety should be paramount.”

The royal standard flag was flying at Buckingham Palace, prompting fears the intruder knew the Queen was at home at the time and may have tried to gain access to her bedroom.

A Palace source told The Sun: “Of course this will be a matter of great interest to the Queen. She knows exactly what is going on at the Palace.

“At this stage we think she was the only senior royal sleeping at the Palace because of the refurbishment work going on. We don’t believe the Duke of Edinburgh was there.

“But everyone knows the Queen was there because the Royal Standard was flying. It’s very strange given the infamous Fagan business nearly 37 years ago.

“We are all relieved that the doors were locked this time and he wasn’t able to get inside where the Queen was.”

The intrusion will trigger fears of another major security breach at Buckingham Palace, which has been hit by a several similar incidents over recent years.

Fagan broke into the palace at 7.15am on July 9, 1982, which saw him able to climb the walls of the royal residence and enter the Queen’s bedroom.

The 31-year-old schizophrenic began to spill his heart to her about his family problems.

The Queen pushed the panic button next to her bed but worryingly got no response.

The monarch then called the palace switchboard but that also failed to get the desired response – the operator thought it was another member of staff playing a practical joke and said: “Yes, dear, you’re the Queen, we’ll send someone up!”

As he sat on the end of the Queen’s bed, Fagan smashed a large glass ashtray and threatened to slash his wrists.

But the Queen was rescued when she spotted butler Paul Whybrew returning after walking the corgis, and called him in before the long-time aide began speaking with Fagan.

Mr Whybrew then managed to get Fagan out of the room before police arrived.

“Tall Paul”, as he is affectionately known, was even given a supporting role in the Queen’s famous 2012 Olympics opening ceremony James Bond film.



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