Princess Anne’s confession on Queen Elizabeth II’s safety: ‘Always in danger’

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The Queen’s security is very low-key and unobtrusive, but is still some of the best in the entire world. In a newly-resurfaced interview though, Princess Anne claimed her mother is actually more at risk than what people might think. The Princess Royal was interviewed in 1985 by legendary chat show host Michael Parkinson – where he quizzed her about the infamous kidnapping attempt on her in 1974.

The Queen’s first daughter recalled the real dangers members of the Royal Family face, citing her mother in particular.

The journalist asked her: “Is it much more risky nowadays being in your position than it was?”

Princess Anne replied: “I doubt it.

“Public figures have always been in danger to some degree.

“Queen Victoria had several attempts. I think five during her reign. Mostly single people.”

Suggesting Queen Elizabeth II had more assassination attempts than Victoria, Anne added: “With mother, it’s worse.

“Perhaps that’s your greatest danger, the lonely nutcase who just got enough to put it together.

“It would be very fair to say that if anybody was seriously intent on wiping acid it would be very easy to do.”

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The most notorious assassination attempt on the Queen occurred in the Seventies while she and the Duke of Edinburgh made an extensive tour of Australia in connection with the bicentenary of Captain James Cook sailing up the country’s east coast in 1770.

It was not until 2009 that the claims of a secret plot to kill the monarch and her husband during their royal tour came to light.

Detective Superintendent Cliff McHardy, 81, decided to break his silence in an interview in his local newspaper, the Lithgow Mercury, to shed light on what he saw as one of the great unsolved mysteries of his long police career.

The late Mr McHardy said that on April 29, 1970, the Queen and Prince Philip were travelling by train to the farming town of Orange.

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When the train was near the Blue Mountains town of Lithgow, two hours to the west of Sydney, it struck a large log wedged across the rails.

Mr McHardy insisted that it was an act of deliberate sabotage to derail the train and suggested the act could have killed the royal couple.

He told the publication that the “catastrophe” was only averted because the train driver was travelling slowly.

He said: “If the train had reached its normal speed it would have plunged off the tracks and into an embankment.

“My investigations showed that the log was deliberately placed on the tracks.”

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