THE Queen was almost shot by one of her own guards who almost mistook her for an intruder in the middle of the night, according to reports.
Queen Elizabeth II was taking a late-night stroll through the grounds of Buckingham Palace when the incident occurred, The Times reports.
In complete darkness, the guard is reported to have shouted out when he saw a figure walking around at 3am
the person he saw was the Queen, who had gone out to get some fresh air because she couldn’t sleep.
The guard confessed to Her Majesty he had nearly fired his weapon.
The Times reports that she replied, saying: “Next time I’ll ring through beforehand so you don’t have to shoot me.”
The Queen attended her first royal engagement since being struck down with a heavy cold that forced her to miss church services during Christmas and New Year.
She presented Ray Wheaton, the Queen’s Page of the Chambers, with the insignia of a Lieutenant of the Royal Victorian Order (LVO), according to the court circular.
The LVO, which is the Queen’s personal gift and is bestowed independently of 10 Downing Street, recognises service to the Royal Family and household.
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