The Queen of England was ‘nearly shot’ by a Buckingham Palace guard while strolling alone at night.
If you come to think about it, royals are always surrounded by security guards carrying weapons to protect them, an accident is bound to happen at least once. No? According to an ex-guardsman speaking to The Times, he almost shot the the Queen of England one night as she went outside for a walk unannounced one night.
It is known that the 90-year-old British monarch sometimes picks up her coat in the middle of the night and goes for a walk to beat her insomnia.
As the story goes, the ex-guardsman was on patrol duty one night and believed that he had spotted an intruder lingering in the dark. He drew his weapon and yelled “who’s that?”
To his surprise, it was the Queen of England walking around her own back yard.
He was both relieved that there wasn’t any danger of an intruder, but was scared to the bones for having pulled a weapon on the Queen.
He said “Bloody hell, Your Majesty, I nearly shot you,”, and immediately realized that that wasn’t a proper way to address royalty.
However, as elegant as the Queen always is, she replied “that’s quite all right,”, adding “next time I’ll ring through beforehand so you don’t have to shoot me.”
Such incidents have happened before. Back in 2013, Prince Andrew was confronted by the police after they mistook him for an intruder as he was walking in the palace’s gardens.