Buckingham Palace break in: Man scales fence while Queen sleeps

Queen Elizabeth II

Queen Elizabeth II

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

According to The Sun, via the Evening Standard, a 22-year-old man scaled the front gates of the palace today and was on the loose before the Met's Royalty and Specialist Protection Command officers caught and arrested him.

It was nearly 37 years to the day from when Michael Fagan broke into Buckingham Palace and made it into The Queen's bedroom in 1982.

The suspect is in police custody.

A Metropolitan Police spokeswoman confirmed to Daily Star Online that the man was arrested on suspicion of trespass.

"But all this happened just metres away from where the Queen was sleeping inside the palace".

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's bedroom".

No members of the royal family were at the palace at the time, and the man, who was found shortly before 10.30pm "in an area now open to the public during the day", was arrested for burglary, trespass and criminal damage.

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"A man managed to jump over the gates of Buckingham Palace but he was quickly and successfully apprehended by police on the scene", a palace insider said. He said he had been there a month before, at which time he had a good look around the palace before stealing a snack of cheese and crackers.

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".

"How is it possible all these years later that someone can climb the fence and get right inside the grounds without being stopped immediately?"

The Queen, 93, is reportedly due to be informed about the incident.

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

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

As the 31-year-old schizophrenic began to tell his monarch about his family problems, she pushed the panic button by her bed but got no response. He was able to get Fagan out of the room before police arrived.

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