Moment Queen’s Guard pulled bayonet on would-be intruder
This is the tense moment an armed Queen’s Guard raised his rifle at a ranting would-be intruder outside Buckingham Palace.
The man had been shouting at royal protection officers for five minutes at the royal residence’s north centre gate when the armed soldier intervened.
Witnesses told how he strode 50 yards from his post to join the confrontation with the intruder, who has since claimed he was expecting a ‘ private audience’ with the Queen.
The man, who has identified himself as Tosin Odunaiya, a 23-year-old Nigerian who came to Britain illegally, said he ‘ presumed’ that the Royal Family would welcome him into the palace.
But he was stopped at the gate five times before the guardsman’s dramatic intervention, which caused his temper to flare.
Speaking to The Sun, he said: ‘I wanted to speak with the Queen and presumed the Royal Family would have welcomed me as their lost son.’
Royal protection officers then ushered the man away, though he was not arrested.
A member of the Queen’s Guard can be seen levelling his rifle, tipped with a bayonet, at the throat of a man in front of the gates of Buckingham Palace