A 28-year-old man has been arrested for allegedly entering the grounds of Buckingham Palace after telling staff: ‘I want to see the Queen’.
According to the Mirror newspaper, Connor Attridge, who has a face tattoo reading ‘truly blessed’, is said to have walked through the Royal Mews vehicle door on Sunday evening.
He managed to cover three to five meters beyond the palace boundaries after being confronted by a member of the household staff. Attridge had told the staff, “I want to come in. I want to see the queen.
The shocking incident comes days before the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations, where security has been tightened around the palace.
After his arrest, Attridge was brought to Westminster Magistrates’ Court.
During the hearing, prosecutor Leila Nahaboo-Osman said the area Attridge allegedly entered was “one of the most heavily guarded places in London”.
Daniel Mullin, defending, said his client suffered from mental health issues, did not use ‘stealth’ and had ‘no motive or desire to go any further than him’, having allegedly crossed the border only a few meters.
“It was reckless at worst and bordering on an accidental infraction at best,” he said.
District Judge Nina Tempia adjourned the case to June 28 for the Crown Prosecution Service to obtain consent from Attorney General Suella Braverman, which is required in cases of trespassing on a protected site.
On June 2, the four-day festivities will kick off with Trooping the Colour, the Sovereign’s official birthday parade, where the Queen is expected to join working members of the Royal Family on the balcony of Buckingham Palace.
(With agency contributions)
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