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Prince Andrew accepts police apology after he is stopped at Buckingham Palace

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 08 September, 2013, 7:09pm
UPDATED : Monday, 09 September, 2013, 3:03am

Queen Elizabeth's son Prince Andrew accepted an apology from the police yesterday after armed officers stopped him in the gardens of Buckingham Palace, days after two men were held in a security breach at the London residence of the British monarch.

Police shouted at the 53-year-old prince, fifth in line to the throne, to "put your hands up and get on the ground", the Sunday Express newspaper said, citing an unnamed royal source.

The officers had apparently failed to recognise the prince, who was strolling the grounds in broad daylight in the late afternoon after attending an event in London on Wednesday.

In a statement, Prince Andrew said: "The police have a difficult job to do balancing security for the royal family and deterring intruders, and sometimes they get it wrong.

"I am grateful for their apology and look forward to a safe walk in the garden in the future."

London's Metropolitan Police earlier confirmed that two of its officers had stopped a man in the palace gardens and asked him to verify his identity.

"The man was satisfactorily identified. No weapons were drawn and no force was used," the police said.

Two days earlier, police arrested a man who had been found inside the palace on suspicion of burglary, trespass and criminal damage. A second man was arrested outside the palace on suspicion of conspiracy to commit burglary. Both men were released on bail.

The queen was not in the palace at the time but in her castle in Balmoral, Scotland.


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actually a sequel to Johnny English III was being filmed in the grounds without permission
& the 'cops' were from Candid Camera
The actual event was recorded on audio:
Buck Palace Police Officer
Now then lad, sit thyssen dahn an' tell me abaht it Ee, bah gum
Dook o’ York
Tha’ can allus tell a Yirkshireman, but tha’ can’t tell ‘im much Does tha’ not know who’t fxxk I be ? Aah own Yirkshire !
Police Officer
Ee bah gum th’art queen’s son It’s neither nowt nor summat, get tha’self up then
Wheere ther’s muck, ther’s brass, look at tha’ gold Rolex
'Ey up An' Ah'll tell thi that fer nowt
Ta'raa then n' behav' thyssen
He was probably legless "after attending an event in London on Wednesday":
Time Travellers Dance Party
Wednesday, September 4, 2013 from 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM (BST)
London, United Kingdom
I shall never forget an hilarious incident many years ago when 3 young German backpackers, lost and with nowhere to stay, clambered over a wall and innocently pitched their tent in the gardens of Buckingham Palace.
Are they still in the Tower?


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