Saturday, October 1, 2022

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A man who entered the grounds of Windsor Castle, where Britain’s Queen Elizabeth is spending Christmas, has been arrested and is being held on suspicion of possessing an offensive weapon.

Thames Valley Police said in a statement that the 19-year-old from Southampton, southern England, did not enter any buildings and that security procedures had begun.

The 95-year-old monarch, who has spent much of the COVID-19 pandemic at Windsor Castle, was celebrating Christmas there with his son, Prince Charles, his wife, Camilla and other close family members.

“The person has been arrested on suspicion of breaching a protected site or trespassing and possessing an offensive weapon,” said Thames Valley Police Superintendent Rebecca Mears.

He said members of the royal family had been informed about the incident and that the police did not believe there was a major danger to the public.

The incident happened around 8:30 am local time.

Charles, Camilla and other members of the royal family were pictured arriving for a Christmas church service at St George’s Chapel within the Windsor Castle complex later in the morning.

There was no suggestion that any plans of the royal family may have been disrupted by the incident.

Security breaches at royal residences are rare.

The most serious incident during the Queen’s reign occurred in 1982, when an intruder broke into her London home at Buckingham Palace by climbing a wall and entering the room where she was bedridden.

Royals’ Christmas Not Interrupted

In 2016 a man with a previous murder sentence pleaded guilty to trespassing after breaking down a perimeter wall at Buckingham Palace and asking if the monarch was at home.

Members of the royal family usually spend Christmas at the Queen’s Sandringham estate in eastern England, but the tradition has been disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

He also spent 2020 Christmas in Windsor.

The Queen did not make any public appearances on Saturday.

In a pre-recorded Christmas message to the nation, she spoke of the loss of her husband, Prince Philip, who died in April at the age of 99.

The couple had been married for 73 years.



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