The Queen’s close calls

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While looking up her majesty’s real German name,  I was reminded of the Queen’s 0;close” calls.  Comedy stories,  really.

Maybe our British readers would care to chime in on this pair of stories.

She was shot at by a teenager.
During her birthday celebration on June 13, 1981, shots rang out as Elizabeth rode her horse in a parade near Buckingham Palace. Marcus Sarjeant, a 17-year-old who idolized the assassins of John F. Kennedy and John Lennon, had fired six blank shots in the queen’s direction. Swiftly subdued by police, the teen would spend three years in a psychiatric prison. Elizabeth, meanwhile, merely calmed her startled horse and resumed her procession.

She once woke up to find a stalker in her bedroom.
On July 9, 1982, a 31-year-old psychiatric patient named Michael Fagan scaled a Buckingham Palace drainpipe and sauntered into Elizabeth’s chambers. The sleeping monarch awoke to find a strange man perched on the edge of her bed, dripping blood from where he had cut his hand while wandering the palace’s dark corridors. Initially unable to reach the police, Elizabeth engaged Fagan in conversation for at least 10 minutes, listening to him chat about his personal problems and relationship with his four children. Finally, a footman roused from his slumber seized the loquacious intruder. It turned out that Fagan, who was ordered to spend six months in a mental hospital, had also crept into the royal residence weeks earlier, making off with a bottle of Prince Charles’ white wine.…

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3 thoughts on “The Queen’s close calls

  1. smj

    if i ran the world i would find a family of inbred morons that like to dress-up funny. i’d then dress them up funny and parade them before the herd to act-out a gloriously silly narrative about internecine strife amongst kissing-cousins in order to provoke the herd into doing whatever the hell i want them to.

    i could perhaps have an avuncular king die leaving his crazy king nephews to their own devices (narrative).……

    george’s twin first cousin, the tsar, couldn’t make the funeral so he’s not pictured; the narrative says that george would later deny the tsar and family asylum. the romanovs would be killed and by those dastardly commies we’re told.…

    “However, Russia’s monarchy had been one of the last defenders of absolutism in Europe. So while George V and Queen Mary may have been aghast at what had happened to their Romanov relations, the reaction in Britain’s newspaper (even the right-wing ones) was one of general approval – if not downright triumphalism. Democracy, which Britain seemed to regard as its gift to the world, had clearly spread to poor, down-trodden Russia and the Romanovs deserved to find themselves on the scrapheap of history. With so much suspicion about the royal family’s loyalties and prominent socialist demonstrations in London, George V panicked and denied his cousins asylum. A few months later, the democratic republic in Russia collapsed and the Bolsheviks seized power. The Tsar and his family were moved into Siberia and in July 1918, they were all murdered by the Communist secret police. The youngest of the victims, the Tsar’s son Alexei, was just thirteen years-old. George V was so consumed by guilt and horror at what he had done that for years the royal family never spoke about it. Indeed, some of them actively lied and shifted all the blame onto Britain’s then prime minister, the left-leaning Lloyd George. However, archival evidence now shows that the decision came from a badly shaken-up George V and that the prime minister would never have stood in his way, if he had wanted to bring the Romanovs to Britain. (Realising his mistake, George did eventually grant asylum to his aunt Marie, Nicholas’s mother, her two daughters and other extended members of the Romanov clan, when they were evacuated from Russia on a British warship in 1919.)”

  2. Tom Dalpra

    Marcus Sarjeant, a 17-year-old who idolized the assassins of John F. Kennedy and John Lennon, had fired six blank shots in the queen’s direction.

    Marcus Sarjeant … Mark Sargeant ?! He didn’t did he? He didn’t tweak his name and come back as a flat Earth muddler did he? These people are versatile. Sorry.

    Anyway, that ’81 incident is memorable. It was on live television at a time when there was only 3 channels. It makes complete sense that it was an Op. Great P.R.…

    The other one was funny. The Queen apparently spent ten minutes chatting to a ‘mental patient’ who was dripping blood and sitting at the end of her bed. She kept him calm and talked about his family.
    That little story went a long way. After all, what sort of woman would you want at the head of the house?
    The kind that could cooly pacify a mad man who had snuck into the house dripping blood, I would suggest. Clever that.

    I’m sure the woman’s quite capable of having done something like that if it really happened, but is security really that flakey around old Liz?
    These stunts and stories are standard tricks of ages, aren’t they?

    It appears Hitler was perhaps addicted to them. Between 1933 and 1944 there were apparently 27 attempts on his life. How many of them were real ?…

    Certainly not the old exploding trousers episode 🙂……

    1. Tom Dalpra

      I found this a cute insight (via a no-doubt carefully composed piece of P.R.) into that real-life, puppetry.
      One may find some interest here, as I did.


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