Armed intruder arrested in grounds of Windsor Castle as Queen celebrates Christmas with Prince Charles & Camilla


AN armed intruder has been arrested after attempting to break into Windsor Castle where the Queen is celebrating Christmas with her family.

Police say the man was carrying an offensive weapon but fortunately did not manage to break into any buildings during the incident this morning.

The Queen is celebrating Christmas at Windsor Castle

The suspect is being held in custody and the royals have been told out the incident, Thames Valley Police say.

Superintendent Rebecca Mears said: “An investigation is ongoing following this incident and we are working with colleagues from the Metropolitan police.

“The man has been arrested on suspicion of breach or trespass of a protected site and possession of an offensive weapon. 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.

“Members of the Royal Family have been informed about the incident.

“We do not believe there is a wider danger to the public.”

The Queen is celebrating Christmas with Charles and Camilla in Windsor – her first in 73 years without her beloved husband Prince Philip, who died in April at the age of 99.

Her Majesty, 95, missed the service in St George’s Chapel but has been joined by the royal couple and other members of the royal family for lunch.

It is understood the Queen’s absence from the service is a personal choice and follows a precautionary approach seen over the last six months.