Prince Andrew was confronted by armed police in the gardens
of Buckingham Palace REUTERS/Neil Hall/files
Queen Elizabeth's son Prince Andrew accepted an apology
from the police after armed officers stopped him in the gardens
of Buckingham Palace, days after two men were held in a
security breach at the British monarch's London residence.
Police shouted at the 53-year-old prince, fifth in line to
the throne, to "put your hands up and get on the ground", the
Sunday Express newspaper said, citing an unnamed royal
The officers had apparently failed to recognise the prince,
who was strolling the grounds in broad daylight in the late
afternoon after attending an event in London on Wednesday.
In a statement, Prince Andrew said: "The police have a
difficult job to do balancing security for the royal family
and deterring intruders, and sometimes they get it wrong.
"I am grateful for their apology and look forward to a safe
walk in the garden in the future."
London's Metropolitan Police earlier confirmed that two of
its officers had stopped a man in the palace gardens and
asked him to verify his identity.
"The man was satisfactorily identified. No weapons were drawn
and no force was used," the police said in a statement that
did not name Prince Andrew.
Two days earlier, police arrested a man who had been found
inside the palace on suspicion of burglary, trespass and
criminal damage. A second man was arrested outside the palace
on suspicion of conspiracy to commit burglary. Both men were
released on bail.
The queen was not in the palace at the time but in her castle
in Balmoral, Scotland.
One of the biggest breaches of royal security took place at
Buckingham Palace in 1982 when an intruder, Michael Fagan,
climbed a wall and then wandered into the room where the
queen was in bed.
Prince Andrew, officially known as the Duke of York, had a
career in the Royal Navy before working as a trade ambassador
for the British government. He has two daughters, Beatrice
and Eugenie, from his 10-year marriage to Sarah Ferguson.