Mo­ment Queen’s Guard pulled bay­o­net on would-be in­truder

Daily Trust - - DIGEST - Culled from dai­ly­mail. co.uk

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

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