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Windsor Castle armed intruder wanted to ‘assassinate the queen’

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The 19-year-old man living in Southampton, in the south of England, was arrested on Saturday around 8:30 a.m. local time, moments after entering the grounds of the castle where the 95-year-old monarch was spending Christmas.

On Sunday, the police said they had interned him in psychiatric care.

The Sun posted footage of a video allegedly taken from the suspect’s Snapchat account minutes before his attempted break-in. In a black hoodie and white mask, he handles the crossbow and says: I am sorry for what I have done and what I am going to do. I will attempt to assassinate Queen Elizabeth.

With apparent references to the Star Wars saga, he introduces himself as a Sikh Indian and says he looks revenge for a massacre committed in 1919 by British troops against demonstrators in India.

Without wishing to confirm the authenticity of these images specifically, London police have indicated that of investigators evaluate the content of a video.

Queen Elizabeth II, 95, is spending the holiday season in Windsor, now her main residence, after having given up on her usual visit to Sandringham, in the east of England, in due to the resurgence of COVID-19 in the UK due to the Omicron variant.

The sovereign, on her first Christmas since the death of her husband Philip in April at the age of 99, was joined on Saturday by several members of the family, including her sons Charles and Edward and their wives.

The attempted intrusions in Windsor as well as in Buckingham Palace, the Queen’s residence in the heart of London, are not exceptional.

The most spectacular dates back to 1982, in Buckingham, when a thirty-something, Michael Fagan, had managed to make his way to the bedroom of the queen, who was in bed.

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