You'd think that a building as iconic and heavily-protected as Buckingham Palace would be pretty hard to break into—I mean, there are guards surrounding it 24/7, right? It must be easier than we originally thought, though, because someone did just that late last night.
The Sun reports that a 22-year-old man actually scaled the Buckingham Palace fence around 2 a.m., and attempted to enter through various doors by banging on them throughout the property for almost five minutes before help arrived. Luckily, he was caught before he could get inside.
According to The Sun's royal source, the police were able to detain last night's intruder under the mental health act.
“Everyone knows the Queen was there because the Royal Standard was flying," another source told The Sun. "We are all relieved that the doors were locked this time and he wasn’t able to get inside where the Queen was.”
Police were worried that this invasion was a copycat operation of a previous Buckingham Palace break in 37 years ago—this incident last night had almost occurred on the exact date as the other one. Back on July 9 in 1982, intruder Michael Fagan infamously broke into the royal palace and was able to gain entry to the queen's bedroom while she slept.
Fagan was a 31-year-old schizophrenic man who had apparently broken a glass ashtray at the foot of her bed during the incident. Luckily, the queen was able to press the panic button in her room to alert the palace that someone had illegally entered the premises.
Fortunately, last night's intruder did not gain access to the inside of Buckingham Palace and everyone is safe and accounted for.
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