One of the perks of being a key member of the Royal Family is that you’re constantly surrounded by guards to keep you safe.
That is, until one of them mistakes you for a trespasser and nearly shoots you in your own back garden.
From time to time, the Queen is said to struggle to sleep, deciding to take a late night walk instead. During a spell of insomnia, the 90-year-old will occasionally put on her coat and go for a short walk around the palace grounds, an ex-guardsman told The Times.
Late one night, he said he was patrolling inside the Palace walls when he spotted someone in the darkness around 3am.
Thinking he had caught a potentially dangerous intruder, he shouted: “Who’s that?”
Turns out, it was the Queen.
“Bloody hell, Your Majesty, I nearly shot you,” he is reported to have said.
Not exactly a great first impression…
Realising this probably wasn’t the tone to be used when addressing the Queen of England, he told The Times he expected a telling off. Lizzy, however, reportedly took responsibility for putting him in such a tricky situation.
“That’s quite all right,” she replied. “Next time I’ll ring through beforehand so you don’t have to shoot me.”
As it turns out, nearly getting shot by the guards who protect you isn’t all that uncommon in the royal residence.
In 2013, Prince Andrew was also mistaken for an intruder and confronted by armed police as he walked in the gardens.
But it doesn’t go without reason. In recent years, the palace has been subject to several real security breaches. In August this year, a 22-year-old man was arrested just after 4am after climbing over a security fence.
Maybe the Queen should invest in a Hi Vis jacket…