Former guardsman nearly shot the Queen?

queen-elizabeth-iiIt has been reported by Grant Tucker of The Times Diary that the Queen was almost shot by one of her guardsman during one of her night time walks around Buckingham Palace.

Although Tucker does not reveal the name of the former guardsman who told him the story or when it happened he does reveal that the soldier in question was patrolling the grounds at around 3am when he spotted a figure in the darkness. Believing an intruder was on the ground he raised his rifle and demanded the figure identify themselves.

To his shock he heard the monarch’s voice reply that it was her to which Tucker claims the soldier said, “Bloody hell, Your Majesty, I nearly shot you!” It seems Her Majesty saw the funny side of things because Tucker says that the Queen joked that she would ring through next time she felt like a night time walk so that he wouldn’t have to shoot her.

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