July 1, 2022

Windsor Castle armed intruder wanted to ‘assassinate queen’, video says

UNITED KINGDOM – The man arrested and interned after entering the area of ​​Windsor Castle, the residence of Elizabeth II in west London, armed with a crossbow on Saturday, had said he wanted to “assassinate the queen” in a video, reports this Monday, December 27 the tabloid The Sun.

This 19-year-old man living in Southampton (southern England) was arrested on Saturday around 8:30 am local time and GMT, a few moments after entering the grounds of the castle where the 95-year-old monarch was spending Christmas.

On Sunday, police said they had placed him in mental health care.

The Sun posts images of a video presented as posted on the suspect’s Snapchat account a few minutes before his attempted intrusion. In a black hoodie and white mask, he handles the crossbow and says, “I’m sorry for what I’ve done and what I’m going to do. I will try to assassinate Queen Elizabeth ”.

With apparent references to the Star Wars saga, he presents himself as a Sikh Indian and says he is seeking “revenge” for a massacre committed in 1919 by British troops against protesters in India.

Without wishing to confirm the authenticity of these images specifically, the London police indicated that “investigators are evaluating the content of a video”.

Elizabeth II spends the holidays in Windsor

Queen Elizabeth II, 95, is spending the end of the year in Windsor, now her main residence, after giving up her usual visit to Sandringham, in eastern England, in due to the resurgence of Covid-19 in the UK due to the Omicron variant.

The sovereign, on her first Christmas since the death of her husband Philip in April at the age of 99, was joined on Saturday by several family members including her sons Charles and Edward and the wives of the latter.

Attempts at intrusion in Windsor as well as in Buckingham Palace, the Queen’s residence in the heart of London, are not exceptional. The most spectacular dates back to 1982, in Buckingham, when a thirty-something, Michael Fagan, had managed to make his way to the bedroom of the queen, who was in bed.

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