Windsor Castle ‘crossbow’ intruder scaled Queen’s security fence ‘with rope ladder’


The Queen was in her personal quarters about to greet her son Prince Charles and daughter-in-law Camilla, when armed police were scrambled to apprehend the intruder

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An armed intruder who attempted to break into Windsor Castle on Christmas Day may have used a rope ladder

An armed intruder who attempted to break into Windsor Castle on Christmas Day may have used a rope ladder to scale the side of the building, it has been reported.

The man, who was arrested during Christmas morning, may have also been carrying a crossbow, sources claim.

He was stopped by the police around 8.30am as the Queen marked her first Christmas without her late husband Prince Philip.

Her Majesty was in her personal quarters about to greet her son Prince Charles and daughter-in-law Camilla, when armed police scrambled to apprehend the intruder.

Thames Valley Police confirmed the suspect was stopped “within moments of him entering the grounds” and did not make it inside any buildings.

Her Majesty was in her personal quarters about to greet her son Prince Charles and daughter-in-law Camilla
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The incident is believed to be at least the third major security breach at Windsor in the last year.

It is thought the man may have used a rope ladder to climb over a spiked fence off the Long Walk, The Sun reports.

A security source told the newspaper: “I’m told the man had a crossbow.”

Police have only confirmed the intruder was arrested for possessing an “offensive weapon”.

The Queen paid tribute to her late husband on Christmas Day
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In a statement released on Christmas Day, Superintendent Rebecca Mears said: “The man has been arrested on suspicion of breach or trespass of a protected site and possession of an offensive weapon.

“He remains in custody at this time. We can confirm security processes were triggered within moments of the man entering the grounds and he did not enter any buildings.”

The Royal Family were informed of the incident.

A palace source said: “It is obviously a worry to have to deal with a break in like this, especially after Her Majesty has been though so much this year and in the lead up to Christmas.

“There will have to be a major evaluation of the security procedures and protocols after this event.

Prince Charles and Camilla attend church on Christmas Day
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“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.”

The Queen, Charles and Camilla were also been joined by Prince Edward, his wife Sophie and their children, Louise and James, for Christmas Day.

The monarch did not make an appearance at St George’s Church in Windsor, despite other royals attending.

Her absence was not explained, with Buckingham Palace stating that the decision was a private one.

The Queen did not join them at church
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Camilla and Charles spent Christmas Day with the Queen
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During her annual Christmas speech, the Queen told how she missed the Duke of Edinburgh’s “familiar laugh” after he died in April this year.

She went on to reveal her heartbreak at the loss of her beloved husband of 73 years, and reminisced that his “mischievous, enquiring twinkle was as bright at the end as when I first set eyes on him”.

The Queen continued: “Although it’s a time of great happiness and good cheer for many, Christmas can be hard for those who have lost loved ones. This year, especially, I understand why.”




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

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