BREAKING NEWS: Intruder breaks into Palace while Queen sleeps
Content Editor / July 11 2019
An intruder has managed to break into the palace and reportedly was just metres away from the Queen while she slept.
The 22-year-old man scaled the fence of Buckingham Palace in the early hours of the morning and began banging on doors in an attempt to get inside the palace.
Police on site took around four minutes to detain him as they tried to assess if he was armed.
All doors to the Palace are locked in the early hours of the morning, so he was unable to get inside.
It’s also believed the Queen was the only member of the royal family at the residence at that time, as the Palace is undergoing renovations.
The royal standard flag was flying at the palace, which could have give the man the indication that the Queen was home.
“This intruder got into the Palace almost 37 years to the day since Michael Fagan ended up getting inside the Queen’s bedroom,” a source told the Sun.
“There is a genuine theory and very real fear that he could have been launching a copycat operation.
Scotland Yard say the man was arrested on suspicion of trespass and was held at around 2am by officers from the Met’s Royalty and Specialist Protection Command.
He was not found to be in possession of any weapons and remains in custody.
On July 9, 1982, Fagan, an unemployed labourer, broke into the Palace and managed to enter the Queen’s bedroom.
Her panic button did not work and he remained there until her long-time aide arrived and managed to calm the man down, then wrestled him to the ground while a maid called the police.
Nicola Conville has worked as a journalist and editor for more than 20 years across a wide range of print and online publications. Her areas of expertise are parenting, health and travel. She has two children; Lucy, age eight, and Nathan, age five.