According to reports, a 19-year-old man from Southampton, England broke into the grounds of Windsor Castle while Queen Elizabeth II and other members of the royal family were celebrating Christmas at home. While the young man was caught before he could enter any buildings, he was reportedly carrying a crossbow.
“The man has been arrested on suspicion of breach or trespass of a protected site and possession of an offensive weapon,” the police statement read.
They added that members of the royal family had been informed and that the police did not believe there was a wider danger to the public.
Later in the morning, Charles, Camilla and other royal family members were pictured arriving at St George’s Chapel for the Christmas Church service.
This is not the first time strangers have broken into the Royal Palace
While security breaches at royal palaces and residences are extremely rare, given the tight security protocol, this isn’t the first time such an instance has taken place.
Over the years, many intruders have broken in. One of the most remembered and serious events took place in 1982, when an intruder named Michael Fagan climbed the walls of Buckingham Palace and wandered into the Queen’s room when she was sleeping. It was probably the biggest security scandal in the history of the British Monarchy.
Who was Michael Fagan?
In 1982, Michael Fagan managed to breach the walls of Buckingham Palace and entered the British monarch’s bedroom. The 30-year-old was born 8 August, 1948. He was a member of a North London branch of the Workers Revolutionary Party at one point of time.
It is believed that Fagan tried breaking into the Palace more than once. He wasn’t successful the first time, but made it through in the second try. However, he was caught and arrested thereafter. While he wasn’t charged with the trespass at Buckingham Palace on July 9, 1982, as it was considered to be a civil offense rather than a crime, he was called for trial on burglary charges.
Other instances of break in
Although Michael Fagan is the most popular person to have broken in successfully into the royal palace, he sure isn’t the first to do so. There have been at least two other similar instances over the past decade. In 2016, another man climbed the palace wall before being confronted, and in 2013 a knife-wielding man was stopped from entering the Palace’s gate.