Man arrested at Buckingham Palace for trespassing while Queen was in residence

There was a fair bit of action at Buckingham Palace on Wednesday evening (May 18) when an intruder was arrested after scaling the property's perimeter wall, police have confirmed. The 41-year-old was found on the palace's grounds seven minutes after an alarm was activated at 8:37 pm. Now in custody, he was not armed and has been arrested on suspicion of trespassing on a protected site.

The Queen and her husband Prince Philip were in residence at the time, and were informed of the incident on Thursday morning.


The Queen and Prince Philip were informed about the incident on Thursday morning

Commander Adrian Usher, head of the Met's royalty and specialist protection, said: "I am content that our security measures worked effectively on this occasion and at no time was any individual at risk."

A palace spokesman, meanwhile, added: "We never comment on security, which is a matter for the police."

Scotland Yard are responsible for the security of the palace, and armed officers are ever present, regardless of whether or not members of the Royal family are in the building. They are backed up by widespread CCTV cameras.

The 41-year-old was arrested after scaling the perimeter wall of Buckingham Palace.

In 2013, a major security review was put in place after a trespasser scaled the wall and made it into one of the State Rooms.

The most famous breach took place in 1982 when Michael Fagan broke into the Queen's bedroom. She left the room immediately, seeking security, and he was arrested shortly afterwards.

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