Buckingham Palace arrest: Man detained after scaling perimeter walls while Queen was in residence

A man has been arrested in the grounds of Buckingham Palace after scaling the perimeter wall, police have confirmed. The 41-year-old was found in the grounds of the palace seven minutes after an alarm was activated at 8.37pm on Wednesday evening. He was not armed and is now in custody having been arrested on suspicion of trespassing on a protected site.

The Queen and her husband Prince Philip were in residence at the time, and were informed of the incident on Thursday morning.


The Queen and Prince Philip were informed about the incident on Thursday morning

Commander Adrian Usher, head of the Met's royalty and specialist protection, said: "I am content that our security measures worked effectively on this occasion and at no time was any individual at risk."

A palace spokesman, meanwhile, added: "We never comment on security, which is a matter for the police."

Scotland Yard are responsible for the security of the palace, and armed officers are ever present, regardless of whether or not members of the Royal family are in the building. They are backed up by widespread CCTV cameras.

The 41-year-old was arrested after scaling the perimeter wall of Buckingham Palace

In 2013, a major security review was put in place after a trespasser scaled the wall and made it into one of the State Rooms.

The most famous breach took place in 1982 when Michael Fagan broke into the Queen's bedroom. She left the room immediately, seeking security, and he was arrested shortly afterwards.