Queen ‘almost shot’ by guard while on late night walk in Buckingham Palace – BelfastTelegraph.co.uk

Having an armed guards watching over you at all hours almost backfired for the Queen when she decided to take a late-night walk around the palace grounds and came close to being shot.From time to time her majesty is said to struggle to sleep. During a spell of insomnia, the 90-year-old will occasionally put on her coat and go for a short stroll, an ex-guardsman told The Times.SHARELate one night, he said he was patrolling inside the perimeter of the Palace walls when he spotted a figure in the darkness.Thinking that he had caught a potentially dangerous intruder, sneaking into the Royal residence at 3am, he shouted: “Who’s that?”But to his surprise, it was actually the Queen.“Bloody hell, Your Majesty, I nearly shot you,” he is reported to have said, on impulse.Perhaps realising this wasn’t the tone to be used when addressing the Queen, he told The Times he expected a telling off. But the Queen reportedly took responsibility for putting him in such an awkward position.“That’s quite all right,” she 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.

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