An intruder broke into Buckingham Palace in the early hours of yesterday morning as the Queen slept just metres away, sparking fears within royal circles of a major security breach.
Upon gaining entrance, the 22-year-old man began banging on doors in an attempt to get inside the palace in the early hours of the morning. He even got just metres away from the Queen but doors to the monarch’s room are usually locked in the early hours of the morning so he couldn’t get in
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.
“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.