Queen Elizabeth II was nearly shot by guard
Queen Elizabeth II was once nearly shot by a former guardsman when she went for a late night walk in the palace grounds, reported a newspaper here.
London: Queen Elizabeth II was once nearly shot by a former guardsman when she went for a late night walk in the palace grounds, reported a newspaper here.
An unnamed soldier revealed how he nearly pulled the trigger when he spotted an unknown figure in the dark at Buckingham Palace at 3 am on an unspecified day several years ago, said a report in the Times daily on Wednesday.
The daily's diary column reported: Thinking that he had come across an intruder, he shouted: "Who's that?" "To his surprise it was the Queen", according to the account."Bloody hell, Your Majesty, I nearly shot you", he said.
Realising his remarks were inappropriate, the guard expected to be rebuked. The Queen, who apparently likes to go for a stroll when she cannot sleep, was said to have replied: "That's quite all right. Next time I'll ring through beforehand so you don't have to shoot me."
Buckingham Palace declined to comment.