Queen Elizabeth II was nearly shot by Buckingham Palace guard

Queen Elizabeth II was once nearly shot by a former guardsman when she went for a late night walk in the palace grounds.

Queen Elizabeth II was nearly shot by Buckingham Palace guard

Queen Elizabeth II was once nearly shot by a former guardsman when she went for a late night walk in the palace grounds.

The Queen is a fan of late-night walks. When she struggles to sleep she will sometimes put on a mac and walk around the palace grounds, an ex-guardsman told The Times.

On one occasion he was patrolling inside the perimeter of the Palace walls at 3am when he spotted a figure in the darkness. Thinking that he had come across an intruder, he shouted: “Who’s that?” To his surprise it was the Queen. “Bloody hell, Your Majesty, I nearly shot you,” he blurted out.


Realising that he had spoken out of turn, he waited for a dressing-down. “That’s quite all right,” HM replied. “Next time I’ll ring through beforehand so you don’t have to shoot me.”

It is believed the encounter happened at the Queen’s normal weekday residence, Buckingham Palace.

In 2013, Prince Andrew was also mistaken for an intruder and confronted by armed police as he walked in the vast gardens.

Police said no weapons were drawn but issued an apology to the prince, despite the palace having been subject to several real security breaches in recent years.

In August, a 22-year-old man was arrested just after 4am after climbing over a security fence. He was spotted by officers monitoring CCTV.

In May, Denis Hennessy, 41, climbed over barbed wire and roamed the palace grounds for  about 10 minutes while The Queen, Prince Philip, and Prince Andrew were in residence.