Windsor Castle armed intruder wanted to ‘assassinate queen’, video says

British media report a video posted on the suspect’s Snapchat account before his intrusion into the Windsor estate. Arrested on Saturday, he was interned in psychiatric care.

The man arrested and interned after entering armed with a crossbow on Saturday in the territory of Windsor Castle, residence of Elizabeth II in west London, had said he wanted to « assassinate the queen » in a video, reports monday tabloid The Sun.

This 19-year-old man living in Southampton (southern England) was arrested on Saturday around 8:30 am local time, moments after entering the grounds of the castle where the 95-year-old monarch spent Christmas. Police said Sunday they had interned him in psychiatric care.

The Sun posts images of a video presented as posted on the suspect’s Snapchat account a few minutes before his attempted intrusion. In a black hoodie and white mask, he handles the crossbow and says, « I’m sorry for what I’ve done and what I’m going to do. I’m going to attempt to assassinate Queen Elizabeth. »

A video studied by investigators

With apparent references to the saga Star Wars, he presents himself as a Sikh Indian and says he is seeking « revenge » for a massacre committed in 1919 by British troops against demonstrators in India. Without wishing to confirm the authenticity of these images specifically, the London police indicated that « investigators are evaluating the content of a video ».

Queen Elizabeth II, 95, is spending the end of the year in Windsor, now her main residence, after giving up her usual visit to Sandringham, in eastern England, in due to the resurgence of Covid-19 in the UK due to the Omicron variant.

Several precedents

The sovereign, on her first Christmas since the death of her husband Philip in April at the age of 99, was joined on Saturday by several family members including her sons Charles and Edward and the wives of the latter.

Attempts at intrusion in Windsor as well as in Buckingham Palace, the Queen’s residence in the heart of London, are not exceptional. The most spectacular dates back to 1982, in Buckingham, when a thirty-something, Michael Fagan, had managed to make his way to the bedroom of the queen, who was in bed.

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