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Queen’s Guard steps in during security threat at Palace

IMG_0075A Coldstream Guard who was on duty at Buckingham Palace on Friday was forced to leave his post to intervene in an incident at the North Centre Gate during which a man reportedly tried to gain entry.

The report, which comes from The Sun on Sunday describes how the sentry had to intervene when the man’s conduct towards police became increasingly aggressive, having spent 5 minutes shouting at the officer.

Whilst mainly armed police officers are on duty at the palace, there are many officers who carry out their duties unarmed – which could have been one of the reasons why the guardsman had to intervene.

According to the Sun, no arrests were made during the incident and the police simply escorted the man away after his encounter with the guardsman.

The incident happened at around 5.50pm, according to the Metropolitan Police.

One sightseer told the Sun, “The man said, ‘Oh, you’re a big boy now,’ and the guard — who I think was Scottish judging by his accent — said, ‘Yes, I am a big boy.”

This latest security alert is one in a series of events which have been noted over the last few months. Last year, a man was arrested in the State Apartments of the Palace after having broken in. A short while later, another incident saw a man attempt to get into the Palace carrying a knife, though he was stopped by police in the palace forecourt.  The image of the incident can be seen on the Sun’s website here.

The Queen’s guards are largely ceremonial, though still fulfil an important security role at the palace and other royal residences. All men in the foot guards are members of the Armed Forces and only part of their duties are ceremonial – the other part sees them being deployed on operations like any other army unit.

In the orders for the sentries (the orders which are given to each guardsman when he starts his two-hour duty on a post), a sentry may only leave their post when there is a threat.

Previous Incidents

The Guards have always played a role in the security of royal residences. Although over time, most of the security responsibilities have been handed over to the police, there remains an obligation for the army to provide soldiers to guard The Queen’s palaces.

Similar incidents where the sentries have had to step in have been recorded before. In 2012 this video (below) was uploaded to YouTube with a similar ending to the one reported today – where the sentry ‘ports’ his weapon as a means of warning off a would-be-offender.

One man has even gone to the lengths of intentionally aggravating the guards for his video, which has been poorly received by viewers on YouTube, with it being branded as ‘unfunny harassment’.

It’s not known whether any other members of the Royal Family were in the Palace at the time of Friday’s incident, though The Queen is in residence at Windsor Castle for April during what’s known as Easter court and was not at the Palace when the incident occurred.

The intruder has not been identified.

photo credit: © 2013 Royal Central

  • Kevin

    Good on the guard doing what he’s paid for protecting the queen

  • MalcolmDouglasPorter

    Not there just to look pretty.

  • victor pulis

    If these idiots who are only there to intimidate the guards did something similar at the White House they’d probably all be dead by now!

  • jack 3043

    As a EX serving Coldstream Guard something very similar happened to me in the 1970s and that person left with blood on there face

    • The Slug Thrower

      Liar. You’re obviously American judging by the way you incorrectly used “there”.

      • Gregory Mason

        Bad English isn’t just confined to America.

      • donR

        Because of a spelling mistake someone becomes a liar, wow.

      • jack 3043

        As a person who served from 1971 to 1986 in the British Army I don’t like your comment and yes I was at Saint James Palace and Buckingham Palace and the Tower of London so keep comments to your self

  • The Slug Thrower

    Stop right there criminal scum!

    • Ericja


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    • Liverpool Street Station

      Which one’s are the criminals? Those guards are there for a reason. What is the difference between an idiot ‘expressing their rights’ and getting in the guards face and someone who want’s to physically harm the guard? The sad thing is you can’t tell the different until it is to late.

  • donR

    Amazing that people are surprised when a GUARD takes action to GUARD, and believe that the guard is in the wrong.

  • glenn tomblin

    Sorry if the general public persisted in being a nuisance the guards on duty should detain the person and hand over to the police and a charge of interfering with the queens guards.A 4 month community service or if a foreigner 300 quid fine but fine should go to helping fallen hero’s. Well that’s my opinion

  • Rachel

    Congratulations to the guard job well done! I for one am very proud of you

  • steve5656546346

    Arrests need to be made in such situations.

  • Stephen

    Perhaps the fence should be electrified. Then after the first warning whack a few hundred volts through it. That’ll make them take notice whatever nationality they are 😉

  • EdmundBlackadder

    Thank you to the gaurd and Police/Army who are pepared to do hard work so that people who would not can sleep safe in their beds.

  • David Mantle

    The guard took an Oath as all serving members of the Armed Forces do and is duty bound to protect Queen and Country. Good man.

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