Man Arrested As Bomb Disposal Squad Called To Queen’s Edinburgh Palace

by : Julia Banim on : 24 Mar 2021 14:30
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A 39-year-old man has been arrested after a bomb disposal squad was called to the Palace of Holyroodhouse, the Queen’s official Edinburgh residence, after reports of a suspicious item.

Officers were called to the palace at approximately 8.50pm on the evening of March 23, and the item was reportedly made safe following an examination by the Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) team.

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Police vehicles were spotted parked outside entrances to the Scottish palace, which is located bottom of the city’s Royal Mile at the opposite end to the historic Edinburgh Castle.

Officers were also seen carrying long sticks, which they used to comb through the forecourt and grass outside the imposing building.

As reported by The Scotsman, a representative for Police Scotland has since given the following statement:


We were called to the Palace of Holyroodhouse, Abbey Strand, Edinburgh, around 8.50pm on Tuesday, March 23, following a report of a suspicious item.

Following examination by explosive ordnance disposal (EOD), it was made safe. A 39-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the incident. There was no threat to the public and inquiries are ongoing into the full circumstances.

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As per the Royal Family’s official website, Holyroodhouse is the monarchy’s official residence in Scotland, and has been home to members of the Royal Family for more than 500 years.

Originally built as a monastery back in 1128, Holyroodhouse is closely associated with some of Scotland’s most iconic historic figures, including Mary, Queen of Scots and Bonnie Prince Charlie.


Nowadays, the palace is a focus for various national celebrations and events including The Queen’s annual ‘Holyrood Week’, which typically runs from the end of June up to the beginning of July.

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In March 2020, the Queen left Buckingham Palace for Windsor Castle, where she and her husband Prince Philip have been residing throughout the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Marking the 75th anniversary of VE Day on May 8, the Queen addressed the UK, praising the spirit shown by the British people and encouraging them to ‘never give up, never despair’:


Today it may seem hard that we cannot mark this special anniversary as we would wish. Instead we remember from our homes and our doorsteps. But our streets are not empty; they are filled with the love and the care that we have for each other.

And when I look at our country today, and see what we are willing to do to protect and support one another, I say with pride that we are still a nation those brave soldiers, sailors and airmen would recognise and admire. I send my warmest good wishes to you all.

The Queen remains at Windsor, where she is currently receiving her daily red boxes containing government and Royal Household papers to review and sign.

In adherence with social distancing measures, her audiences with Prime Minister Boris Johnson now takes place over telephone.

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Julia Banim

Jules studied English Literature with Creative Writing at Lancaster University before earning her masters in International Relations at Leiden University in The Netherlands (Hoi!). She then trained as a journalist through News Associates in Manchester. Jules has previously worked as a mental health blogger, copywriter and freelancer for various publications.

Topics: News, Edinburgh, Royal Family, The Queen


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