Queen Elizabeth II looks forward to the Trooping of the Colour this weekend, which celebrates Her Majesty’s birthday. Starting at Horseguard’s, the ceremony will end up at Buckingham Palace where the Queen and the Royal Family famously gather on the balcony to view the festivities. However, the world-renowned landmark, the London home of Her Majesty, may not be as well-protected as many might imagine.
Channel 5 documentary “Royal Scandals”, which first aired in April, heard from royal experts on a surprising security breach.
Former royal butler Paul Burrell said: “You would think that Buckingham Palace is one of the most secure properties in the land – you’re wrong.
“Back in the day, the security was there, but not enough.”
He spoke about the incident in 1982 when Michael Fagan managed to get into Buckingham Palace through an open window and wander straight into the Queen’s bedroom.
Buckingham Palace is the Queen's London residence (Image: Getty)
Michael Fagan broke in to the Palace when he noticed an open window (Image: Getty)
The Queen's butler Paul Whybrew came to the rescue, and he is still in Her Majesty's service today (Image: Getty)
Fagan did trip Palace alarms but the police at the time thought they were malfunctioning so switched them off.
Added to this, the guard stationed outside Her Majesty’s door was not at his post, and when the Queen tried ringing he police