Man arrested after climbing Buckingham Palace gates

Carla Harmon
July 11, 2019

It went on, "The man was not found in possession of any offensive weapons and the incident is not being treated as terrorist-related".

The man had successfully scaled the gates before being caught at around 2am on Wednesday morning, police confirmed, and has been arrested on suspicion of trespass.

Since her ascension to the throne in 1952, Queen Elizabeth II has lived through multiple royal security breaches.

In line with protocol, the would-be crook knew the Queen was home due to a Union Jack flag flying high above the palace, although it's believed Prince Philip was elsewhere at the time.

Prince Andrew said: "The police have a hard job to do balancing security for the Royal Family and deterring intruders, and sometimes they get it wrong".

Sources told British tabloids it took police nearly five minutes to apprehend the man, as it remained unclear whether or not he was armed.

A royal source alleged that the intruder was trying to replicate Michael Fagan, who cunningly broke into the monarch's bedroom 37 years ago.

Buckingham Palace insiders last night revealed the Queen is to be informed of the incident.

There were apparently fears the man was attempting a copycat operation to Michael Fagan who famously broke into the Queen's bedroom nearly 37 years ago to the day.

The royal source added: "This intruder got into the Palace nearly 37 years to the day since Michael Fagan ended up getting inside the Queen'sbedroom. The Queen's safety should be paramount".

Buckingham Palace is yet to comment on the matter.

The unemployed father-of-four, 31, spent around 10 minutes talking to the Queen after he climbed over the palace walls and up a drainpipe.

"He was determined to get inside the palace and was banging down the doors but, thank goodness, this time everything was locked up".

The freaky conversation saw the 31-year-old schizophrenic tell the Queen about his family problems.

Michael Fagan was able to break into the palace in 1982.

Fagan smashed a large glass ashtray and threatened to slash his wrists as he sat on the end of the Queen's bed.

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