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Queen left alone to handle intruder as security ‘ignored’ distress call – ‘Was terrifying’

Queen was ‘very lucky’ after intruder got into Buckingham Palace

The Queen had a “lucky escape” after she engaged intruder Michael Fagan with a conversation to avoid escalating the “terrifying experience” in 1982. Her Majesty was said to have remained “composed” despite calls from her alarm button being ignored. The concerning intrusion was only discovered after a maid attended to the Queen and personally called for security to intervene.

Channel 5’s “Secrets of the Royal Palace” revealed the Queen’s security detail were away while Mr Fagan carried out his palace intrusion – which he later claimed to have been his second successful attempt at entering the central London residence.

Royal biographer Penny Junor said on the show the royal security team had finished for the night and there was no one else to replace them. 

Additionally, Royal footmen working within the palace had been walking the Queen’s dogs at the time and did not notice Mr Fagan slipping in.

This meant Mr Fagan could enter Buckingham Palace and into the Queen’s bedroom unrestricted. 

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Royal Editor for the Mail on Sunday Emily Andrews theorised what the Queen may have been feeling at the time.

Ms Andrews said: “The sight of this slightly dishevelled man wandering into her bedroom must’ve been really terrifying for the Queen.

“The Queen was incredibly composed she kept Fagan talking and remained incredibly calm… in fact, Fagan even asked for some cigarettes.”

Her Majesty was reported to have attempted to raise the attention of the security team by pressing her bedside alarm but no one responded to her distress call. 

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Ms Andrews explained it was only after a maid who was cleaning nearby entered the bedroom were police finally called.

The Queen was described as “having got the measure” of Michael Fagan as she calmly spoke with him.

Strangely, Mr Fagan was not charged with the trespass since it was a civil wrong rather than a criminal one.

But he was charged with the theft of wine which was eventually dropped after he was sent to a psychiatric hospital following an evaluation.

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It was not until 2007 that trespassing at Buckingham Palace became a criminal offence

Mr Fagan allegedly broke into the palace before in early June where he stole wine and sat on the throne. 

He apparently tripped several alarms and was spotted by a housemaid.

The Buckingham Palace break-in raised serious security concerns and led to a large review of the property’s safety.

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