Break-in at Buckingham Palace

Prince Andrew was confronted by armed police after a break-in at Buckingham Palace in which a man scaled a fence to get inside the Queen's London residence. A security review has been launched and two men have been arrested following the incident.

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'We are grateful to the Duke for his understanding'

The Metropolitan Police has said the force is grateful to the Duke of York for his understanding after he was challenged by officers in the gardens of Buckingham Palace.

Prince Andrew was asked to confirm his identity after a break-in at the Palace 48 hours earlier.

In light of media reports we can confirm that the man spoken to by officers was the Duke of York. We are making this public with HRH's permission.

We are grateful to the Duke for his understanding and have apologised for any inconvenience caused.

– Metropolitan Police statement

An earlier statement had only confirmed a man was ordered to verify his identity by two officers in the palace's gardens at around 6pm on Wednesday.

Prince Andrew confronted by armed police after palace break-in

Prince Andrew, the Duke of York, was challenged by armed police in the gardens of Buckingham Palace and asked to verify his identity after an intruder broke in last week.

HRH the Duke of York Prince Andrew at Diamond Jubilee celebrations last year

The Metropolitan Police confirmed that a man was ordered to verify his identity by two officers, with the Sunday Express claiming the 53 year old prince had been told to "put your hands up and get on the ground".

Andrew had earlier attended an engagement in Piccadilly supporting new business ventures.

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

Two days ago police arrested a man who had been found inside the palace on Monday evening. He was held 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 have since been released on bail.


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Security reviewed after Buckingham Palace break-in

Security measures will be reviewed as part of an investigation into a break-in at Buckingham Palace, the Metropolitan Police have confirmed.

"A review of the specific circumstances of this incident is being carried out," a spokesman confirmed. "No members of the Royal Family were at Buckingham Palace at the time of the incident."

Two men have been arrested and bailed following the break-in on Monday evening.

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Palace breach recalls memory of 1982's shock break-in

Michael Fagan broke into the Queen's bedroom at Buckingham Palace in 1982. Credit: PA Archive

Buckingham Palace has not commented on the break-in, which is one of the most serious security breaches at the Queen's London residence in more than 30 years.

The most notorious came in 1982 when father-of-four Michael Fagan evaded guards to reach the Queen in her bedroom.

Her Majesty talked to the 31-year-old for around 10 minutes after he climbed over the palace walls and up a drainpipe.

She then managed to alert a footman, who held him down until police arrived.


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Report: Men held after Buckingham Palace 'break-in'

It is understood no royals were present at the time of last Monday’s alleged break-in. Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Two men have been arrested following an alleged break-in at Buckingham Palace earlier this week, The Sun has reported.

The newspaper claims one of the suspected burglars scaled a 12ft fence and kicked open a door to gain entry into the Palace last Monday evening.

He was reportedly discovered in one of the state rooms, while a second suspect was reportedly held outside the Palace.

The newspaper said the alleged intruder was arrested on suspicion of burglary, tresspass and criminal damage to a door, while the other man was arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to burgle.

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Report: Police confirm arrests 'in vicinity of Palace'

Scotland Yard has confirmed two men were arrested "following an incident in the vicinity of Buckingham Palace" on Monday evening in a statement to The Sun.

Police arrested two men following an incident in the vicinity of Buckingham Palace at approximately 22.20 hours on Monday, 2 September.

Both men have been bailed to return to a central London police station and enquiries continue.

A review of the specific circumstances of this incident has been carried out.

– Scotland Yard spokesperson
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