A man who entered the grounds of Windsor Castle, where Queen Elizabeth is spending Christmas, was arrested and taken into custody for possession of an offensive weapon, police said on Saturday.
The 19-year-old, from Southampton, in the south of England, did not enter the buildings and security procedures were quickly triggered, local Thames Valley police said.
The 95-year-old monarch, who spent much of the COVID-19 pandemic at Windsor Castle, was celebrating Christmas there with her son, Prince Charles, his wife Camilla and other close family members.
” The man was arrested on suspicion of violating or trespassing on a protected site and in possession of an assault weapon. “
She added that members of the royal family had been informed of the incident, and that police did not believe there was any danger to the public.
The incident took place around 8:30 a.m. local time.