1981: Bid to kill the Queen


On 13 June 1981, the Queen was shot at as she turned into Horse Guards Pa­rade for the Troop­ing the Colour cer­e­mony.

Mar­cus Ser­jeant, 17, a for­mer Air Cadet, had fired blank car­tridges from a replica gun.

Ser­jeant was sen­tenced to five years in jail un­der the 1842 Trea­son Act. A court heard he had planned to kill the Queen but couldn’t ob­tain a real gun.

‘I wanted to be fa­mous,’ he said.

Ser­jeant (be­low) sought fame

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