Armed man arrested on Windsor Castle grounds as Royals celebrate Christmas Day

A man was arrested for attempting to break into Windsor Castle on Christmas Day.

The suspect, who allegedly carried an offensive weapon, is currently being held in police custody.

It is known that the man was unable to break into any of the buildings within the castle grounds.

The Queen and members of the royal family are currently at Windsor Castle to celebrate Christmas, the first of which after Prince Philip’s death earlier this year.



A man allegedly was arrested in Windsor Castle, where the Queen is celebrating Christmas

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According to the police, members of the royal family were informed of the incident.

Superintendent Rebecca Mears said in a statement: “An investigation is underway following this incident and we are working with colleagues from the Metropolitan Police.

“The man was arrested on suspicion of violating or violating a secure site and possessing an offensive weapon. Remains in custody at this time.



The Royals have been informed of the incident by the police
The Royals have been informed of the incident by the police

“We can confirm that the security processes were activated moments after the man entered the park and did not enter any building.

“Members of the royal family have been informed of the incident.

“We don’t believe there is a wider danger to the public.”

The Queen’s annual Christmas Day speech aired just before news of the intruder spread.



The Queen's annual Christmas speech aired moments before the news broke
The Queen’s annual Christmas speech aired moments before the news broke

In the speech, the 95-year-old monarch paid tribute to her beloved husband, the Duke of Edinburgh, who was 99 when he died in April.

Her Royal Highness Queen Elizabeth acknowledged that her grief will be shared by many who have lost loved ones over the past year in the speech.

He began with: “Although it is a time of great happiness and good humor for many, Christmas can be difficult for those who have lost loved ones.

“This year, above all, I understood why.

“But for me, in the months that have passed since the death of my beloved Philip, I have drawn great comfort from the warmth and affection of the numerous tributes to his life and work, from all over the country, the Commonwealth and the world.

“Her sense of service, intellectual curiosity and ability to squeeze the fun out of any situation were all unstoppable.”



The queen remembered Philip's husband "mischievous and inquiring sparkle" in his Christmas Day speech
The Queen recalled her husband Philip’s “mischievous and inquiring sparkle” in her Christmas Day speech



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Today, Prince Charles and his wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, were seen attending the Christmas Day service at St George’s Chapel in the grounds of Windsor Castle.

They were joined by Prince Edward and his wife Sophie, Countess of Wessex along with Prince Richard and his wife Birgitte, Duchess of Gloucester were seen in the chapel within the grounds of Windsor Castle for the special service.

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