A terrorist plot to kill The Queen has been thwarted, reports The Sun.
Thursday 6th November saw the arrest of four men around the London area, in connection with ‘Islamic related terrorism’, Scotland Yard said.
It has now been said that the men were plotting to assassinate Her Majesty, as an ultimate act of retribution against the UK, due to its involvement in the war against terrorism and Islamic State in the east.
It is thought the plan was to be carried out today (8th November), as The Queen attended the Royal British Legion Festival of Remembrance at the Royal Albert Hall. The men, aged 19, 22, 25 and 27 were attempting to kill Her Majesty with a knife. Both The Queen and David Cameron have been made aware of the developments of this case, with the suspects currently in custody as the Monarch continues with her duties.
The Duke of Edinburgh, The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall, The Earl and Countess of Wessex, The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester, The Duke of Kent, Princess Alexandra are all due to be in attendance of the festival this evening too.
The status of the UK was recently upgraded from ‘substantial’ to ‘severe’, with many expecting an imminent attack.
The Queen and many other members of The Royal Family will be present for the laying of wreaths at the Cenotaph on Remembrance Sunday, tomorrow. Following the recent attack at the National War Memorial in Canada, security is likely to have been tightened for this event too.
SO14 is the branch of Scotland Yard that looks after the safety of The Royal Family, with the assistance of the local Police wherever an engagement is carried out.
Members of The Royal Family are frequent targets on the lists of terrorists: a plot was also foiled in 2008 when The Queen attended the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Uganda. Al Qaeda were involved in this attempt, and a speedboat loaded with arms and home-made bombs was seized. Two Ugandan TV broadcasting vans were also taken and searched for possible weaponry.
Threats were also made against Prince Harry as he returned to Afghanistan in 2012.
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