Published: Sun, January 08, 2017
Business | By Max Garcia

Queen nearly shot by palace guard during early morning walk

Queen nearly shot by palace guard during early morning walk

That apparently nearly backfired for the Queen when she chose to take a late-night walk around the palace grounds and came close to being shot.

Instead of admonishing the guard, the queen replied: "That's quite all right". A former guardsman told the U.K.'s The Times that during one of her 3 a.m. walks, he mistook her for an intruder.

The last time she is believed to have been officially photographed was at a ceremony to meet the High Commissioner of Bangladesh and the Ambassador to Liberia on December 9.

Thinking that he had caught a potentially risky intruder, sneaking into the Royal residence at 3 am, he shouted, "Who's that?"

"Bloody hell, Your Majesty, I almost shot you", the guard reportedly said upon recognizing the royal.

On Tuesday, the queen's press secretary said the beloved royal was still recovering from her "heavy cold" that she came down with before Christmas.

As the guard calmed down a bit, the Queen responded to him by saying that next time she goes for a walk she'll make sure she rings the bell in advance so that he doesn't feel the need to have to shoot her.

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.

Before that, in 2013, a man scaled the perimeter fence and was found at around 10 pm actually inside the building, in one of the State Rooms.

This illness forced the Queen to miss Christmas and New Years' service for the first time since she took the throne 64 years ago.

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