Oh, dear: In the wee hours of the morning, an intruder climbed the gates of Buckingham Palace, all while Queen Elizabeth was inside and sleeping.
According to The Sun, via the Evening Standard, a 22-year-old man scaled the front gates of the palace today and was on the loose before the Met’s Royalty and Specialist Protection Command officers caught and arrested him.
A royal insider gave these scary details to The Sun:
“There was an intruder at the Palace while the Queen lay sleeping in her bedroom and he was on the loose before the cops arrested him. He was determined to get inside the palace and was banging down the doors but, thank goodness, everything was locked up.”
Buckingham Palace confirmed there was an intruder and that the queen was notified of the incident. They also added that the intruder may have known she was there because the Royal Standard flag was flying. According to the royals’ website, the flag goes up whenever the queen is home or whenever she’s visiting different places if it’s requested by the building’s owner.
As of now, a police spokesperson said the man, who didn’t have any weapons on him, is in the custody of the central London police and is being held on suspicion of trespassing. They also added that the situation is not being treated as terrorist-related.
This isn’t the first time Queen Elizabeth has experienced something like this—in 1982, some guy broke into the palace two separate times. During his second intrusion, he went into the queen’s bedroom and she woke up when she heard him moving the curtains.
Alright, everyone band together so we can protect this woman at all costs!