SE­CU­RITY BREACHES

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Re­cently, an in­truder was ar­rested inside Wind­sor Cas­tle at Prince Wil­liam’s 21st birth­day party, another in a long line of Royal se­cu­rity breaches. Ex­perts are baf­fled by how the man man­aged to evade a tight po­lice cor­don and al­legedly climb on to the stage at the event as the Prince was mak­ing a speech.

Se­cu­rity at of­fi­cial Royal res­i­dences and at ex­ter­nal events has been beefed up over the years but in­trud­ers have still been able to get sur­pris­ingly close to se­nior mem­bers of the Royal fam­ily.

The most se­ri­ous breach came in March 1982 when Michael Fa­gan broke into the Queen’s bed­room at Buck­ing­ham Palace. She woke to find him sit­ting on her bed. The pair al­legedly chat­ted for half an hour. Fa­gan, who was 30 at the time, was later jailed.

But the in­ci­dent was by no means the only se­cu­rity breach to shake the Roy­als. In 1974, a de­ranged gun­man tried to abduct Princess Anne as she and her first hus­band Cap­tain Mark Phillips were be­ing driven along the Mall to Buck­ing­ham Palace after a char­ity film show.

The would-be kid­nap­per, Ian Ball, forced the royal car to a halt and bran­dished a pis­tol at the driver and body­guard. The kid­nap bid was thwarted.

Anne’s per­sonal pro­tec­tion of­fi­cer James Beaton, shot and wounded dur­ing the in­ci­dent, was later awarded the George Cross for his brav­ery. Two months later, Ball was sent to a men­tal hos­pi­tal by a judge at the Old Bai­ley.

In 1979, Earl Mount­bat­ten of Burma, great-un­cle of the Prince of Wales, was killed when an INLA bomb blew apart his fish­ing boat off Mul­lagh­more, Co Sligo, where he had a hol­i­day home.

In 1981, Mar­cus Sar­jeant, 17, fired six blank shots at the Queen at the Troop­ing the Colour cer­e­mony, re­ports Daily Mail.

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