Many fans were shocked by the news that Queen Elizabeth was almost shot! As it made headlines, people found out that the reason behind it was ironically for the queen’s safety.
Apparently, in the wee hours of the morning, a guard saw a faint shadow lurking within the garden. Had it not been for the guard asking who it was, he might have shot the longest-ruling Queen to date, and of course, receive endless flak for letting it happen. Thankfully, nothing close to a macabre scenario happened and all is well!
Queen Elizabeth almost shot: How did it happen?
According to a report from The Independent, an unidentified guard almost shot Her Majesty who was apparently out for her 3 AM walk around the palace grounds. In recent years, several intruders have tried to penetrate the security of the palace. Therefore, the security team in the palace has always been on high alert since then. In July 1982, Michael Fagan sneaked into the Buckingham Palace by “shimmying up a drainpipe.”
“Bloody hell, Your Majesty, I nearly shot you!” the guard said.
“That’s quite all right. Next time, I’ll ring through beforehand so you don’t have to shoot me,” the Queen responded.
— E! News (@enews) January 5, 2017
Queen Elizabeth almost shot: What happened after the incident
After the brief exchange between the guard and the Queen, the guard thought he was going to be scolded for violating the custom of not speaking to the monarch until spoken to. Apart from this, there is also a ruling that includes prohibition on touching. However, it was not revealed when the incident happened too, or what transpired afterwards.
Reports reveal that from time to time, her Majesty is said to struggle to sleep. During a spell of insomnia, the 90-year-old royalty will occasionally put on her coat and go for a short stroll, an ex-guardsman told The New York Times.
The Queen, now 90, has recently been sick, and missed Christmas and New Year’s Day church services after suffering from a “heavy cold.”
— Marissa Hammer (@MarissaHammer) January 5, 2017