Windsor Castle break-in: Man with crossbow vows to ‘assassinate’ Queen in chilling video

The footage shows a man holding a black crossbow and using a distorted voice as he makes threats down the camera to the Queen – after an intruder broke into Windsor Castle on Christmas Day

The Queen was in residence for Christmas at the time of the break-in

Chilling footage showing a man wielding a crossbow and threatening to “assassinate the Queen” has emerged after an intruder broke into the grounds of Windsor Castle on Christmas Day.

A 19-year-old man was arrested when security officers reportedly spotted him scaling the perimeter fence and called armed police to the scene shortly after 8.30am.

He was later sectioned under the Mental Health Act.

Now, chilling video footage has emerged showing a man holding a black crossbow and using a distorted voice as he makes threats down the camera.

The pre-recorded message was reportedly sent on Snapchat on Christmas Day – 24 minutes before a man was arrested by police inside the grounds of Windsor Castle.

The intruder broke into the grounds of Windsor Castle


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The man in the clip is wearing a black tracksuit and white mask as he wields a crossbow, The Sun reports.

He says: “I’m sorry. I’m sorry for what I’ve done and what I will do. I will attempt to assassinate Elizabeth, Queen of the Royal Family. This is revenge for those who have died in the 1919 Jallianwala Bagh massacre.

“It is also revenge for those who have been killed, humiliated and discriminated on because of their race.”

A Scotland Yard spokesperson told The Mirror: “Following the man’s arrest, detectives are assessing the contents of a video.”

The Queen spent Christmas Day at Windsor Castle and was expected to have lunch with the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall, and the Earl and Countess of Wessex.

Charles, Camilla, Edward and Sophie, the latter couple along with their children Lady Louise and James, Viscount Severn, attended a church service in St George’s Chapel, in the castle grounds, at 10.45am on Christmas morning.

Crossbows are often referred to as “lethal but legal” because they require no licence or registration and can be bought on the internet.

A palace source said: “Fortunately the intruder was apprehended and police were on the scene almost immediately but there is a chill in the air over what could have been.”

Buckingham Palace has declined to comment on the incident.

Prince Charles and Camilla heading to church in Windsor on Christmas Day


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The Metropolitan Police force confirmed it had taken over responsibility for the investigation.

A spokesperson from Scotland Yard said: “Security processes were triggered within moments of the man entering the grounds and he did not enter any buildings.

“Following a search of the man, a crossbow was recovered.”

They added: “Inquiries into the full circumstances of this incident are being progressed by Metropolitan Police specialist operations.”

Dai Davies, the former chief superintendent and head of the royal protection unit, said: “The officers on the scene did their job and averted a disaster and that is first and foremost the most important thing.

“But once the threat was contained and the individual was in custody, questions will be asked immediately.

“It does seem that Windsor is having an issue with intruders of late and those in charge need to get to the bottom of it straight away before something more sinister comes to pass.”

It is at least the third major security breach at Windsor in the past year.

Five intruders have made it on to royal grounds – two incursions coming just days apart, in April.

In one incident a 43-year-old woman was allowed into Prince Andrew’s Royal Lodge, claiming she was his fiancee.

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George Holan

George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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