A 19-year-old Southampton man who was in possession of an “offensive weapon” was captured shortly after 8:30 a.m. local time and is still in custody, police said.
According to a police statement, Thames Valley and Metropolitan Police officers responded to the security breach within minutes. The man did not enter any building, police said.
“The man has been arrested on suspicion of breach or intrusion into a protected location and possession of an offensive weapon. He is currently in custody,” said Thames Valley Police Superintendent Rebecca Mears. in the statement. “Members of the royal family have been informed of the incident,” he added.
The 95-year-old monarch was celebrating Christmas at Windsor Castle after making the decision not to travel to Sandringham, his usual Christmas destination, due to the pandemic.
She was accompanied to Windsor by her son, Prince Charles, and Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall.
The Queen delivered her annual Christmas broadcast from Windsor Castle, dedicating much of her traditional speech to Prince Philip, her 73-year-old husband who died in April at the age of 99.
Although not common, there are occasional intrusions into royal palaces. Perhaps the most famous incident dates back to 1982 when a man named Michael Fagan, then 31, climbed a wall of Buckingham Palace, crawled through an open window and headed for in the bedroom of Queen Elizabeth II, who was sleeping. .
The queen was unharmed, although the intrusion raised serious questions about the security of the palace, especially when it emerged that her repeated attempts to seek help were ignored.