Armed intruder at Windsor Castle arrested as Queen Elizabeth, royal family celebrated Christmas

By Erin Einhorn | NBCNEWS |

Armed intruder arrested on Windsor Castle grounds as Queen Elizabeth, royal family celebrated Christmas – ABC7 Chicago

The 19-year-old man was apprehended on the grounds before he could enter any buildings. Local police say he posed no threat to the public.

British authorities on Saturday said they arrested a man who brought a weapon onto the grounds of Windsor Castle as Queen Elizabeth and her family celebrated Christmas inside.

The 19 year-old alleged intruder is being held on charges that he breached or trespassed a protected site and was carrying an “offensive weapon,” according to local police.

“We can confirm security processes were triggered within moments of the man entering the grounds and he did not enter any buildings,” Rebecca Mears, Thames Valley Police superintendent, said. “Members of the Royal Family have been informed about the incident. We do not believe there is a wider danger to the public.”

Police said the breach occurred at 8:30 a.m. Christmas morning.

Queen Elizabeth II, 95, along with her son, Prince Charles, and other members of the royal family are spending the holiday at Windsor castle this year after Covid-19 disrupted plans to travel to Sandringham, the royal estate in eastern England where the family traditionally celebrates the holiday.

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