Footage has emerged of a man with a crossbow threatening the Queen’s life after an intruder broke into Windsor Castle where Her Majesty was staying on Christmas Day.
A 19-year-old man was arrested after he was spotted by security climbing the fence.
They called police to the scene just after 8.30am and the man was later sectioned under the Mental Health Act.
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A pre-recorded message was reportedly sent via Snapchat on Christmas Day, according to The Sun.
Reports state the clip was sent 24 minutes prior to a man being arrested in the castle grounds.
The man in the video wears a black tracksuit and white mask while clutching a crossbow.
He says: “I’m sorry. I’m sorry for what I’ve done and what I will do. I will attempt to assassinate Elizabeth, Queen of the Royal Family. This is revenge for those who have died in the 1919 Jallianwala Bagh massacre.
“It is also revenge for those who have been killed, humiliated and discriminated on because of their race.”
A Scotland Yard spokesperson told The Mirror: “Following the man’s arrest, detectives are assessing the contents of a video.”
The Queen stayed at Windsor Castle for Christmas Day.
Royal experts predicted she would have lunch with the Prince of Wales, Duchess of Cornwall and the Earl and Countess of Wessex.
They attended the church within the grounds, St George’s Chapel, for a service at 10.45am that morning.
Crossbows are said to be “lethal but legal” because they don’t require a licence or registration and can be bought online.
A palace source said: “Fortunately the intruder was apprehended and police were on the scene almost immediately but there is a chill in the air over what could have been.”
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The Met Police are investigating and Buckingham Palace declined to comment about the incident.
A spokesperson from Scotland Yard said: “Security processes were triggered within moments of the man entering the grounds and he did not enter any buildings.
“Following a search of the man, a crossbow was recovered.”
They added: “Inquiries into the full circumstances of this incident are being progressed by Metropolitan Police specialist operations.”
Dai Davies, the former chief superintendent and head of the royal protection unit, said: “The officers on the scene did their job and averted a disaster and that is first and foremost the most important thing.
“But once the threat was contained and the individual was in custody, questions will be asked immediately.
“It does seem that Windsor is having an issue with intruders of late and those in charge need to get to the bottom of it straight away before something more sinister comes to pass.”
There have been three prior security breaches over the past year with five intruders entering royal grounds.
Two of the incidents happened in April and another occurred when a 43-year-old woman entered Prince Andrew’s Royal Lodge claiming to be his fiancee.
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