Queen Elizabeth Almost Shot During a Late-night Stroll

The aged British monarch was nearly shot by a guard while having a late-night walk around palace grounds

Queen Elizabeth II (90) is known to enjoy late-night walks around the palace grounds when struggling with insomnia. But during her recent walk, the Queen had nearly escaped being shot by one of her own guards.

An ex-guardsman told The Times that her majesty will occasionally put on her coat and go for a short stroll.

While the guard was patrolling inside the perimeter of the Palace walls at 3am, he spotted a shadowy figure moving in the darkness.

Thinking he had caught an intruder sneaking into Buckingham Palace, he shouted: “Who’s that?”

To his bewilderment, the ‘intruder’ was, in fact, the Queen herself. The guard, forgetting that he was addressing his sovereign, said: “Bloody hell, Your Majesty, I nearly shot you.”

However, it appears that the Queen, not at all surprising – taking into consideration her character, kept her cool and responded: “That’s quite all right. Next time I’ll ring through beforehand so you don’t have to shoot me.”

The late-night encounter is believed to have happened at the Queen’s primary residence, Buckingham Palace in London.

Fake BBC tweet announcing the death of Queen Elizabeth.

Queen Elizabeth has been recovering from a cold which kept her from attending Church service on Christmas and New Year’s day. She missed Church service for the first time in nearly 30 years. Queen’s illness has caused a rumor on social networks that she is dead. It was later revealed to be a hoax, published on an unverified BBC Twitter account.

It was later confirmed that the:

Tweets were mistakenly sent from the account of a BBC journalist saying that a member of the royal family had been taken ill.

Buckingham palace issued a statement confirming that both the Queen and her husband, Prince Phillip, are alive and well.

A Buckingham Palace spokesman said that: “The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh continue to recover from their heavy colds.”

Meanwhile, the Queen has appeared in public yesterday, for the first time in several weeks.

Source: The Times, Independent

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