Buckingham Palace made a terrifying announcement about the queen — she was nearly shot.
From Stuff Magazine: Queen Elizabeth II was mistaken by a security guard as one of several intruders who gained entry to Buckingham Palace in recent years. Armed guards watch over the palace 24 hours a day, but that nearly backfired one night when she went out for a late night walk.
The Queen, who is said to suffer from insomnia, was taking a 3am stroll around the palace gardens when a security spotted a figure in the darkness, a former guard told The Times.
Thinking that he had caught an intruder entering the palace grounds, he shouted: “Who’s that?”
To his surprise, it was actually the Queen.
“Bloody hell, Your Majesty, I nearly shot you,” he is reported to have said.
He told The Times he expected a telling off for the language he used, but Her Majesty is said to have taken responsibility for putting him in an awkward position.
“That’s quite all right,” she replied. “Next time I’ll ring through beforehand so you don’t have to shoot me.”
She is not the first Royal to have been mistaken for an intruder.In 2013, armed security confronted Prince Andrew as he walked in the gardens. No weapons were drawn and an apology was given to the prince, despite the palace having been subject to several real security breaches in recent years.
In August 2016, a 22-year-old man was arrested after climbing over a security fence shortly after 4am.