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Palace intruder Michael Fagan on waking up Queen and weeing on corgi food

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Not everyone can claim to have sneaked into the Queen's bedroom as she slept, drank Prince Charles' "cheap" wine and peed on the royal dogs' dinner.

But almost 40 years ago, Michael Fagan shot to infamy as the intruder responsible for causing one of the most embarrassing royal security scandals in living memory.

Back in 1982, the then-32-year-old managed to break into supposedly heavily-guarded Buckingham Palace and approach the monarch as she lay in her bed.

"I was scareder [sic] than I'd ever been in my life," he told the Independent.

And it wasn't long before the shocked Queen woke to find him sitting on her bed.

"Then she speaks and it's like the finest glass you can imagine breaking: 'Wawrt [sic] are you doing here?'" he added.

"It was a double bed but a single room, definitely," he said. "She was sleeping in there on her own. Her nightie was one of those Liberty prints and it was down to her knees.

"She went past me and ran out of the room; her little bare feet running across the floor."

Despite being famously arrested barefoot, Fagan revealed he was wearing footwear when he approached the palace.

"I got my sandals returned to me two years later by the security guard," he said.

"'These are Michael's sandals, we found them on the roof,' they said."

Before his arrest, Fagan spent time roaming around the palace. Two alarms were triggered, but police ignored them, putting the warnings down to a system error.

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He was detained by an unarmed footman, who gave him a shot of Scotch while they waited for officers.

"The footman came and said, 'Cor, f****** hell mate, you look like you need a drink'," he said.

"His name was [Paul] Whybrew, which is a funny name for someone offering you a drink, innit?

"He took me to the Queen's pantry, across the landing, where I presume she cooks her baked beans and toast and whatever – and takes a bottle of Famous Grouse from the shelf and pours me a glass of whisky."

And despite his unbelievable feat making international headlines, Fagan admitted it wasn't the first time he had broke into the palace.

In fact, it was the second time in two months he had found a way in.

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During his first security breach in early June that year, he climbed up a drainpipe and entered through an unlocked bedroom window.

The terrified maid in the room rushed to alert palace security but soon gave up their search after finding no trace of him in her quarters.

That allowed Fagan to freely roam the renowned royal residence for most of the night.

"I found rooms saying 'Diana's room', 'Charles's room'; they all had names on them," he told the Independent.

"But I couldn't find a door which said 'WC'. All I found were some bins with 'corgi food' written on them.

"I was breaking my neck to go to the toilet. What do I do? Pee on the carpet? So I had to pee on the corgi food."

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He added: "I got into Charles's room and took the wine off the shelf and drunk it. It was cheap Californian.

"I was loving it… It was like Goldilocks and the Three Bears; I tried one throne and was like 'this one's too soft'. I was having a laugh to myself because there was one right next to it, so I tried another."

He also spent time admiring a painting belonging to the monarch's vast art collection while relaxing in a royal chair as he waited to be discovered.

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"I liked the picture and thought I'd look at it till someone comes, but nobody came," he said.

But while he found entering the palace fairly straightforward, he found escaping undetected to be a bit more challenging.

"I eventually found a door and walked out into the back gardens, climbed over the wall and walked down the Mall, looking back and thinking 'ooh'."

He went on: "I hadn't thought about going in there until that last second when it came into my head to do it, so I was shocked."

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While he evaded the police during his first foray into the palace, Fagan was jailed soon after for stealing a car he used to drive from London to Stonehenge in search of his estranged wife Christine.

He spent three weeks in south London's Brixton Prison but decided to pay the royals another visit a day after his release.

And, despite gaining global notoriety, he said he had no regrets.

"It's brought me adversity, but I can laugh about it and that's the main thing. I wouldn't do it again.," he admitted.

"I think security is tightened up now."

Speaking about his second break-in, he added: "I went back because I thought 'that's naughty, that's naughty that I can walk round there'."

He admits he doesn't know why he decided to enter the palace but believes it was because he took too many magic mushrooms five months earlier.

"I forgot you're only supposed to take a little handful. Two years later I was still coming down. I was high on mushrooms for a long, long time."

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