Queen Elizabeth‘S quiet christmas day celebration with her eldest son Prince Charles and his wife Camilla was interrupted after an armed intruder was found in her Windsor Castle property.
Officers responded to a security breach on the castle grounds around 8:30 a.m., according to Thames Valley Police. When they arrived at the scene, they discovered a 19-year-old Southampton man carrying a crossbow. He was arrested on suspicion of breaching or trespassing a protected website and possession of an offensive weapon, and he remains in custody at this time.
“An investigation is ongoing following this incident and we are working with colleagues from the Metropolitan Police,” said Thames Valley Police Superintendent Rebecca Mears said in a statement. “We can confirm that security procedures were activated shortly after the man entered the property and that he did not enter any buildings.” She added that “members of the Royal Family have been informed of the incident” and “we do not believe there is a greater danger to the public.”
In a follow-up statement from London’s Metropolitan Police, authorities added that “after searching the man, a crossbow was recovered.” They also said that the intruder “passed through a mental health assessment” and “has since been classified under the Mental Health Act and remains under the care of medical professionals.” The Mental Health Act allows the British and Welsh authorities to detain and treat people with mental health problems without their consent.
On Monday, police said they were also looking into a video obtained by Sun that the store’s statements were sent from the intruder’s Snapchat on the morning of the arrest. In the clip, a masked man holding a crossbow says they are trying to “assassin” the queen to “avenge” those who died in the 1919 Jallianwala Bagh massacre. (In what is also known as the Amritsar Massacre, British and Gurkha troops killed at least 379 people and wounded 1,200 unarmed protesters who gathered in the holy city of Sikhs to celebrate the Baisakhi festival. .)
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https://www.vanityfair.com/style/2021/12/queen-elizabeth-windsor-castle-armed-intruder-arrested-crossbow-prince-charles-christmas Armed 19-year-old arrested at Windsor Castle as Queen Elizabeth celebrates Christmas