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.
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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