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‘Fantasist’ professing to be a minister is permitted into sleeping enclosure just yards from Windsor Castle by Royal Guardsman safeguarding the Queen – and goes through the late evening eating and savoring the Officer’s Mess

'Fantasist' professing to be a minister is permitted into sleeping enclosure just yards from Windsor Castle by Royal Guardsman safeguarding the Queen - and goes through the late evening eating and savoring the Officer's Mess

‘Fantasist’ professing to be a minister is permitted into sleeping enclosure just yards from Windsor Castle by Royal Guardsman safeguarding the Queen – and goes through the late evening eating and savoring the Officer’s Mess

The gatecrasher had the option to parody his direction into the Coldstream Guards’ military quarters
The phony minister erroneously guaranteed to fighters he was a companion of the regiment’s padre
Subsequent to going through the night in the sleeping enclosure the interloper was even offered breakfast
Police showed up at the sleeping shelter after the man’s ploy had been revealed
In any case, it’s in no way, shape or form the principal security alarm the Queen has needed to persevere
A fantasist was invited inside a sleeping enclosure only yards from Windsor Castle by monitors safeguarding the Queen – after he professed to be a minister.

In one of the most stunning security bungles at a UK army installation in years, the gatecrasher was guided inside the Coldstream Guards base camp without showing any ID.
The man, who is perceived to experience the ill effects of emotional wellness issues, then went through hours drinking with senior individuals from the gatekeepers prior to being welcome to remain the night in the rich officials’ wreck.

Surprisingly, solely after he had breakfast in the wreck the next morning – after 16 hours – were concerns raised about his genuine character.

The previous evening, astonished safeguard authorities sent off an earnest examination concerning the episode.

Safeguard sources expressed the at this point unidentified man moved toward the front entryway at Victoria Barracks, home to the notable regiment, on the evening of April 26.

One added: ‘He said he was a cleric called Father Cruise who was a companion of the legion padre, Reverend Matt Coles. So the chaps on the door let him in and guided him to the officials’ wreck.’

An imposter pretending to be a priest managed to trick his way into the Coldstream Guards' barracks at Windsor Castle before spending the evening eating and drinking in the Officers' Mess

An imposter pretending to be a priest managed to trick his way into the Coldstream Guards’ barracks at Windsor Castle before spending the evening eating and drinking in the Officers’ Mess
The barracks, which is only a short distance from Windsor Castle, pictured, is home to the Queen's bodyguard. The man claimed to be a friend of the Coldstream Guards' padre and was allowed to stay the night and given breakfast the following morning

The barracks, which is only a short distance from Windsor Castle, pictured, is home to the Queen’s bodyguard. The man claimed to be a friend of the Coldstream Guards’ padre and was allowed to stay the night and given breakfast the following morning
The Queen, pictured in Windsor Castle, was in Sandringham for Easter while the intruder was in the barracks

The Queen, pictured in Windsor Castle, was in Sandringham for Easter while the intruder was in the barracks

The source added: ‘He then spent the evening drinking in the mess bar and telling stories about serving in Iraq and winning a medal for gallantry.

‘Later on, he claimed to have worked as a test pilot for ejector seats. He even claimed he had donated some of his internal organs,’ the source told TalkTV.

Yet even after spinning these tales – including the bizarre claim his organs had been transplanted with ‘g-force-resistant’ ones – he was given a room for the night inside the barracks, where hundreds of troops are based.

The Coldstream Guards is the oldest continuously serving regiment in the British Army and is known for its high-profile ceremonial duties.

Formed in 1650, it is also an infantry regiment with a hard-won reputation. The Ministry of Defence website describes it as ‘an elite fighting force’.

Recognised by their red jackets and black bearskin hats and have a ceremonial role as protectors of Windsor Castle and Buckingham Palace.

But their guard was down last week.

A source continued: ‘Only the next day did anyone do any checks. Then the police were called and he was ushered outside.

‘This is an absolute shocker for the regiment. We’re the Guards, or supposed to be. It’s so embarrassing.’

The Coldstream Guards is purposely based in Windsor in order to defend the Queen. As part of the Household Division, the battalion’s primary role is public duties, marching through the town and to and from the castle. It also takes part in state ceremonial occasions.

The Queen, who spent Easter at Sandringham, is understood to have returned to Windsor Castle on April 27 just hours after the man was handed over to Thames Valley Police officers.

The intruder is understood to be from the Windsor area. He was not arrested and a Thames Valley Police spokesman said: ‘No further action was required.’

The security breach could have significant consequences for the senior Coldstream Guards officers. It also comes amid news that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are intending to move to Windsor with their family.

Five months ago an intruder armed with a crossbow was arrested after attempting to break into Windsor Castle.

Last night, an Army spokesman said: ‘The Army takes this breach of security extremely seriously and it will be thoroughly investigated as a matter of priority.

‘The incident is now part of an ongoing investigation and it would therefore be inappropriate to comment further at this time.’

A source said: 'He was telling lots of tall stories and the lads were enjoying his banter and having a few drinks'

A source said:
‘He was telling lots of tall stories and the lads were enjoying his banter and having a few drinks’

The intruder, who was said to be a ‘fantastist’, was escorted from the premises.

The incident is the latest in a string of security concerns for the Queen, who began advertising for a new security officer at Hollyroodhouse Palace following an attempted break-in at Windsor castle on Christmas Day.

The royal household was actively recruiting a new security guard for the Scottish royal palace in January after a man was arrested on the grounds of the Windsor royal residence on December 25.

The Queen was celebrating with the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall when a man from Southampton was arrested on suspicion of ‘breach or trespass of a protected site’ and possession of an offensive weapon, police said.

He was sectioned under the mental health act following an assessment and taken into care with no further statements given.

The security guard position advertised said the successful applicant would get to eat at the palace each day or night of service and would have access to training and development as well as recreational facilities.

The Queen is looking to hire a security guard to patrol Holyroodhouse Palace in Scotland, pictured following an attempted break-in on Christmas Day at Windsor Palace

The Queen is looking to hire a security guard to patrol Holyroodhouse Palace in Scotland, pictured following an attempted break-in on Christmas Day at Windsor Palace
A police officer stands outside Windsor Castle after an intruder got into the grounds. The Royal household is looking to buff its security team at Holyroodhouse Palace

A police officer stands outside Windsor Castle after an intruder got into the grounds. The Royal household is looking to buff its security team at Holyroodhouse Palace

The salary for the position was not disclosed by Buckingham Palace, who simply said it will be ‘competitive’ and added they’ll provide a 15 per cent employer contribution pension scheme and benefits.

Many senior royals were up in arms over the removal of some of their most trusted police bodyguards as part of a security shake-up over the holiday period.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and the Duchess of Cornwall were among members of the family who expressed ‘concern’ after losing some of their most loyal and longstanding personal protection officers in a Scotland Yard reorganisation.

The changes are being rolled out by high-flying Metropolitan Police Commander Helen Millichap, who is in charge of Protection Command.

One of the most senior female officers at Scotland Yard, Yorkshire-born Cmdr Millichap, who was educated at Bradford Grammar School and Cambridge University, insisted that long-standing bodyguards – known as personal protection officers (PPOs) – are moved to other roles in order to open up the division and make it less ‘cliquey’. She is said to believe the role should not be seen as a job for life.

But members of the Royal Family, who are guarded 24 hours a day by their protection officers, were understood to be deeply unhappy

‘Protection officers occupy very unique positions with MRFs [members of the Royal Family],’ said a source in December. ‘They are with them 24 hours a day and it understandably takes a long time to build up a good relationship of confidence and trust.

‘Several very well-liked and respected officers have been moved on from their roles, not through any fault of their own.’

Senior royals were understood to have privately expressed 'disquiet' over changes to the way they are protected over the Christmas period

Senior royals were understood to have privately expressed ‘disquiet’ over changes to the way they are protected over the Christmas period
Members of the Royal Family are guarded 24 hours a day by their protection officers

Members of the Royal Family are guarded 24 hours a day by their protection officers

Until 2015 the Royal Family used to be guarded by officers from Scotland Yard’s specialist Royalty and Diplomatic Protection group (SO14). That has now been merged with Specialist Protection (SO1) to create RaSP.

Not only does it provide personal protection for the Royal Family but it also provides officers to guard the Prime Minister and other senior ministers, visiting heads of state and other VIPs.

In May of last year, a couple successfully broke into the grounds of the Royal Lodge in Windsor Great Park – the official residence of Prince Andrew at the time.

The man, 31, and his girlfriend, 29, gained entry to the grounds of the Royal Lodge

It is also a spot where the Monarch rides her horses and takes her corgis for walks.

Both intruders were arrested and taken to Maidenhead police station – but have since been let out on bail.

It came just weeks after a 44-year-old woman who claimed to be engaged to the Duke of York was let into Royal Lodge by bungling security guards on April 19, 2021.

The Queen was hit with another security scare after a male and female intruder scaled a fence and broke into her Windsor estate in May last year

The Queen was hit with another security scare after a male and female intruder scaled a fence and broke into her Windsor estate in May last year
The man, 31, and his girlfriend, 29, gained entry to the grounds of the Royal Lodge (pictured) in Windsor Great Park

The man, 31, and his girlfriend, 29, gained entry to the grounds of the Royal Lodge (pictured) in Windsor Great Park

It came just weeks after a 44-year-old woman who claimed to be engaged to the Duke of York (pictured) was let into Royal Lodge by bungling security guards on April 19, 2021

It came just weeks after a 44-year-old woman who claimed to be engaged to the Duke of York (pictured) was let into Royal Lodge by bungling security guards on April 19, 2021

The woman spent 20 minutes wandering the grounds of Royal Lodge after she conned security guards into believing she was engaged to Prince Andrew.

Officers were so taken in by the Spanish national’s polished appearance they even paid her cab fare before waving her into the grounds of Royal Lodge in Windsor Great Park, reported The Sun.

The woman strolled about the grounds before heading inside the Grade II listed building to ask a member of staff where the duke was.

Police were called and she was held in the lobby after she told the staff member she was engaged to Prince Andrew, her name was Irene Windsor and she lived there with the duke.

In the woman’s handbag maps of the Royal Lodge and other Royal Family residences were found, alongside a self-defence key ring in the shape of a cat that featured two sharp prongs.

She was originally arrested on suspicion of burglary before being sectioned and a security review has now been launched.

Prince Andrew’s police protection was scaled back last year as part of cost-cutting measures as he withdrew from Royal duties because of the Jeffrey Epstein scandal.

He still has Met Police personal protection but his officers are no longer routinely armed.

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