Multiple reports coming out of the UK claim that an intruder has been arrested after managing to break into the grounds of Buckingham Palace while Her Majesty the Queen was sleeping.
According to The Sun, who broke the story overnight, the 93-year-old monarch was sleeping in bed when the 22-year-old man is said to have scaled the fence before “attempting to bang down the doors” to the palace.
The incident is said to have taken place at around 2am local time (11am AEST) on Wednesday, however it took on-site police just four minutes to apprehend the criminal who did not gain entry to the building, reports the news outlet. As the royal standard flag was flying at the time, it is believed that Queen Elizabeth II was at home.
“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,” a source told the newspaper.
“He was determined to get inside the palace and was banging down the doors but, thank goodness, this time everything was locked up.”
The palace is yet to release an official statement about the alleged incident.
Yesterday’s incident is not the first time that an intruder has managed to enter the grounds of the palace, and comes almost 37 years to the day since an intruder actually managed to enter the Queen’s bedroom as she slept.
On July 9 1982, British man Michael Fagan made headlines across the world when he scaled the palace’s 14-foot fence and shimmied up a drainpipe before climbing through a window into Her Majesty’s private bedroom at around 7.15am. According to multiple reports of the shocking incident, the Queen actually awoke to find the intruder in her room after he disturbed a curtain and, in an interview in 2012, Fagan said she left the room immediately to get help.
Fagan was apprehended at the scene, however he was only able to be charged with theft (of the wine he consumed) as entering the property was then deemed a civil wrong rather than a criminal offence. The charges were subsequently dropped and, following a psychiatric evaluation, he spent six months in a psychiatric hospital before being released.
Fagan actually claimed the break-in was his second, alleging to have entered the palace around one month earlier. He claimed to have spent time eating cheese and crackers, sitting on the throne and drinking a bottle of wine inside the walls of the Queen’s official residence, before leaving of his own accord.