“How is it possible?” Intruder breaks into Buckingham Palace
An intruder has broken into Buckingham Palace on Wednesday morning.
The Queen was just metres away from where the man broke into the massive palace in what has been labelled a “major security breach.”
The 22-year-old man is assumed to have climbed over the front gates of the palace before banging down the front doors.
Express reported it took four minutes for police to apprehend the man and check if he was carrying weapons.
It is widely believed the young man was attempting to replicate a similar situation done almost 37 years ago by Michael Fagan who broke into the Queen’s bedroom.
Metropolitan Police have confirmed they arrested the 22-year-old on suspicion of trespassing.
“Officers have arrested a man on suspicion of trespass, contrary to section 128 of the Serious Organised Crime and Police Act 2005,” the statement read.
“The 22-year-old man was arrested at approximately 02:00 hrs on Wednesday, 10 July by officers from the Met's Royalty and Specialist Protection Command after he climbed over the front gates at Buckingham Palace.
The man was not found in possession of any offensive weapons and the incident is not being treated as terrorist related.
“He remains in custody at a central London police station.”
The Queen was in the Palace at about 2 am when the young man entered the premises however a spokesperson has declined to comment to say if she was told about the security breach.
In 1982, Michael Fagan broke into Buckingham Palace at 7:15 am on July 9 by claiming over the walls and entering the Queen’s bedroom.
The 31-year-old schizophrenic told the Queen about his family problems and while Her Majesty called the panic button – there was no response.
After being forced to call the palace switchboard, the operator believed it was a practical joke.
During the ordeal Fagan smashed a glass ashtray and warned he would slash his own wrists.
Thankfully the Queen was rescued after being spotted by butler Paul Whybrew as he was returning back to the Palace after walking her corgi dogs.