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When Queen Elizabeth II was Nearly Shot

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Britain's Queen Elizabeth II and her husband Prince Philip attend Trooping the Colour in London on June 14, 2014. The ceremony of Trooping the Colour is to celebrate the Sovereign's official birthday.

A newspaper reported that Queen Elizabeth was once nearly shot by a former guardsman when she went for a late night walk in the palace grounds….reports Asian Lite News

Britain's Queen Elizabeth II  and her husband Prince Philip
Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II and her husband Prince Philip

An unnamed soldier revealed how he nearly pulled the trigger when he spotted an unknown figure in the dark at Buckingham Palace at 3am on an unspecified day several years ago, said a report in the Times daily on Wednesday.
The daily’s diary column reported: Thinking that he had come across an intruder, he shouted: “Who’s that?”

“To his surprise it was the Queen,” according to the account.

“‘Bloody hell, Your Majesty, I nearly shot you”, he said.

Realising his remarks were inappropriate, the guard expected to be rebuked.

The Queen, who apparently likes to go for a stroll when she cannot sleep, was said to have replied: “That’s quite all right. Next time I’ll ring through beforehand so you don’t have to shoot me.”

Buckingham Palace declined to comment.