The Queen had to be escorted away from her dinner yesterday afternoon after an intruder made his way into the hotel where she was dining with senior servants.
The intruder, who was wearing a hoodie, jeans and trainers, was tackled by royal protection as he ran into the hotel with his hands waving in the air.
Her Majesty was dining Goring Hotel with servants when the incident occurred. The hotel’s director, David Morgan-Hewitt, escorted The Queen to a waiting car in the midst of the incident.
The man, who according to the Daily Mail appeared to be drunk, was wrestled outside the hotel by royal protection officers.
The officers let the man go after taking some of his personal details.
The Queen, 90, was inside having a private lunch with some of her most senior servants at the time.
The Goring hotel has had a long association with the Royal family, dating back to the coronation of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth in 1937 when accommodation was needed for the large number of foreign dignitaries attending the event. Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, in fact became a frequent visitor to the hotel and her favourite dish was Eggs Drumkilbo.
The association between The Goring and the Royal Family has continued down the years. Just like her parent’s Coronation, when our current Queen was crowned in 1953 The Goring once more played host to visiting dignitaries. In 1990, the head of the family George Goring received an O.B.E. from the Queen at Buckingham Palace for “services to the hotel industry”.
When the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge married in 2011, the hotel was chosen for where the then Catherine Middleton stayed before the wedding. Two years later, the Queen bestowed the appointment of a Royal Warrant on the hotel. This makes it the only hotel to hold a Royal Warrant for hospitality services, and a recognition of the service it has given to the Royal family over the years. No doubt it is something it will strive to continue with its desire to bring the highest standards of hospitality, with a timely touch of fun.