Armed intruder breached Windsor Castle where Queen and family celebrated Christmas

An armed intruder apparently managed to breach Windsor Castle in the United Kingdom where Queen Elizabeth II is celebrating Christmas with her family, Fox News reported this weekend. Thankfully, the intruder was arrested before he was able to carry out any attack that may have been planned.

According to Fox, the breach happened on Christmas morning at roughly 8:30 a.m. at the castle, where the royal family decided to go instead of their usual holiday spot at Sandringham House because of COVID-19.

Thames Valley Police said the suspect was carrying an unspecified weapon when he breached the grounds of the castle, which is located about an hour outside of London.

A report from NBC News said that the intruder was 19 years old.

Intruder arrested

In addition to the Queen, her son Prince Charles and his wife, Camilla, as well as Prince Edward and his wife, Sophie, were at the castle for the holidays.

The Queen was told about the intrusion by officials, and Thames Valley Police Superintendent Rebecca Mears said that an investigation into the incident was underway.

“The man has been arrested on suspicion of breach or trespass of a protected site and possession of an offensive weapon,” Mears said in a statement, according to Fox. “He remains in custody at this time. We can confirm security processes were triggered within moments of the man entering the grounds, and he did not enter any buildings.”

Mears said the police don’t think there is any danger to the public as a result of the incident.

Queen locked down

The Queen did not go to church on Christmas morning at St. George’s Church in Windsor with her family, as is her custom, possibly because of the intruder and heightened security procedures after the breach.

It is her first Christmas without her husband, Prince Philip, who died earlier this year. The couple had celebrated Christmas together for 73 years.

Prior to the holiday, the Queen released a recorded holiday message that referenced her loss of Philip at age 99.

“Although it’s a time of great happiness and good cheer for many, Christmas can be hard for those who have lost loved ones,” she said in the televised speech while standing beside a framed photo of herself with her husband. “This year, especially, I understand why.”

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