The Monarch of England, Queen Elizabeth narrowly escaped being shot by one of her guardsmen after she was seen wandering the garden of what is believed to be Buckingham Palace at 3 a.m.
The queen known for the habit of walking around the palace whenever she can’t sleep was taking one of such walks, dressed in a winter coat, when the guard came across the Queen and taking precaution, asked, “Who’s that?” before knowing it was the Queen herself.
He was reported to have exclaimed “Bloody hell, Your Majesty. I nearly shot you” to which the Queen replied, “That’s quite all right. Next time I’ll ring through before hand hand so you don’t have to shoot me.”
Something similar happened in 2013, when Prince Andrew 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 because 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.