In a security breach of royal proportions, an intruder broke into Buckingham Palace last night while the Queen slept inside, merely feet away.
The infiltrator, a 22-year-old man, managed to break in by climbing the fence in front of the royal home. The man roamed the palace grounds and banged on doors before being arrested by police.
Panic was high among palace personnel as the incident occurred while the Queen was sleeping in her bedroom. Police on site apprehended the man for approximately four minutes in attempts to determine whether he was armed.
Sources believe the man knew the Queen was home because the royal standard was flying outside the palace.
Although a stark wake-up call for the royal family and palace security alike, the break-in is not the first time an intruder has breached the Queen’s home. The most famous incident occurred on July 9, 1982, when unemployed laborer Michael Fagan scaled palace walls to enter the Queen’s bedroom.
Once inside, Fagan, a 31-year-old schizophrenic, told the crowned monarch about his family problems, then smashed an ashtray and threatened to slit his wrists. A longtime aide of the Queen arrived to put an end to the impromptu therapy session gone wrong, first offering Fagan a drink then manhandling him outside while waiting for police to arrive.
The fact that last night’s incident occurred almost 37 years to the day after Fagan’s intrusion leads people to believe that this was a copycat attempt.