Queen Elizabeth II: Monarch experienced this terrifying ordeal on 1981 New Zealand royal tour (Image: Getty Images)
Queen Elizabeth II has travelled to a plethora of countries all around the globe during her lengthy reign.
One royal tour will no doubt stick out particularly in her mind due to the horrifying ordeal the monarch had to endure.
On a 1981 visit to New Zealand, a 17-year-old tried to assassinate the Queen.
Teenager Christopher Lewis shot at Elizabeth as exited her vehicle on the way to a science fair in Dunedin on 14 October.
Queen Elizabeth II: Monarch experienced this terrifying ordeal on 1981 New Zealand royal tour
The Queen was on an eight-day tour of New Zealand when the assassination attempt was made.
Clearly, the attempted shooting failed. This was identified as due to the weapon itself and the position of the shooter.
New Zealand Security Intelligence Service (SIS) released a 1997 memo on the incident earlier this year.
“Lewis did indeed originally intend to assassinate the Queen, however, did not have a suitable vantage point from which to fire, nor a sufficiently high-powered rifle for the range from the target,” the document said.
The teenager hid inside a deserted toilet cubicle and aimed at the Queen’s motorcade as it passed five storeys beneath him.
Intelligence documents described Lewis as a “severely disturbed” youth who was obsessed with the royal family.
Queen Elizabeth II: On a