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'Gun drama' at gates of Buckingham Palace

A Queen's Guard pointed his bayonet-fixed rifle at a member of the public outside the gates of Buckingham Palace when an argument erupted with a police officer, The Sun on Sunday reported.

A Queen's Guard pointed his rifle at a man when an argument erupted with a police officer, The Sun on Sunday reported. Credit: PA

The soldier left his post to intervene when the man refused to stop shouting at the officer outside the palace gates on Friday, the paper reported, with a photograph showing the guard pointing his rifle towards the man's face.

A Metropolitan Police spokesman said: "Police were made aware of a disturbance at the North-Centre Gate of Buckingham Palace at approximately 5.50pm on Friday, April 4.

"Officers from Royalty Protection spoke to a man and he was given words of advice and there were no arrests."

The Queen's Guard is not believed to be facing any action over the incident.

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An Army spokesman said: "We are aware of an incident outside Buckingham Palace on Friday and while no one came to any harm and there were no arrests, we are very clear that the Metropolitan Police lead on Royal Security arrangements including outside the Palace itself."

Buckingham Palace declined to comment.

William wants ivory in 'Buckingham Palace destroyed'

Prince William wants all ivory in the Royal Collection at Buckingham Palace to be destroyed, according to a leading primatologist.

Leading primatologist Jane Goodall told the Independent on Sunday that the Duke of Cambridge had told her he would "like to see all the ivory owned by Buckingham Palace destroyed".

The Duke of Cambridge wants all ivory in the Royal Collection at Buckingham Palace to be destroyed, according to reports. Credit: PA Wire

Prince Charles has reportedly also asked for all ivory items at his Clarence House and Highgrove homes to be removed during the last few years.

Charles and William called on the world to turn its back on illegally traded animal parts like ivory and rhino horn in a video appeal earlier this month.

Illegal trade in animal parts such as rhino horn, tiger parts and elephant tusks is worth more than an estimated £11.5 billion each year.

Watch: Prince William says he wants to 'protect wildlife for my son'

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Over 100 modern works to feature at Palace exhibition

Creations by Tracey Emin and Grayson Perry will appear among more than 100 contemporary artworks to go on show at Buckingham Palace.

Tracey Emin is among several high-profile artists to loan artworks to Buckingham Palace.
Tracey Emin is among several high-profile artists to loan artworks to Buckingham Palace. Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Archive/Press Association Images

The exhibition will mark the Queen's Diamond jubilee last year, and also features works from David Hockney and Anish Kapoor.

Grayson Perry has loaned designs for his motorbike to the exhibition.
Grayson Perry has loaned designs for his motorbike to the exhibition. Credit: Anthony Devlin/PA Archive/Press Association Images

The works were loaned by the Royal Academy and include creations from some of its most high-profile artists.

David Hockney's colourful image of the Queen's initials also features in the exhibition.
David Hockney's colourful image of the Queen's initials also features in the exhibition. Credit: Oliver Berg/DPA/Press Association Images

Mr Hockney's work is a colourful image of the Queen's initials from her cypher "EIIR" created on an iPad, while Emin submitted a monoprint portrait of the monarch titled HRH Royal Britannia.

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Man with six-inch kitchen knife 'wanted to see Queen'

A man armed with a six-inch kitchen knife was rugby-tackled to the ground by police outside Buckingham Palace after jumping over a barrier to try and see the Queen. 44-year-old David Belmar from Haringey in north London admitted to trespass at Westminster Magistrates' Court today.

David Belmar will stay in custody until he is sentenced following the incident at Buckingham Palace
David Belmar will stay in custody until he is sentenced following the incident at Buckingham Palace Credit: PA Wire

Belmar was watched by a crowd of around 20 tourists as he tried to run through the palace's north gate just before 11.30am on Monday. Edward Aydin, prosecuting, said: "In police custody, he said to police 'I wanted to see the Queen. I'm not happy about my benefits'."

He added that Belmar, who has mental health issues which he is taking medication for, has a fixation with the Queen and received a caution in 1989 for lighting fireworks and throwing them into the grounds of Buckingham Palace.

Arrest follows security alerts at Buckingham Palace

Today's arrest at Buckingham Palace follows a number of security alerts - last month a suspected burglar managed to get into the building after scaling a fence.

He was found at around 10.30pm on 2nd September in a room that had been open to the public during the day.

An aerial shot of Buckingham Palace.
A 44-year-old man carrying a knife has been arrested trying to enter Buckingham Palace. Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

A second man was arrested outside the Palace on suspicion of conspiracy to commit burglary.

Less than 48 hours later, amid heightened security, two police officers confronted the Duke of York in the Palace gardens demanding to know who he was.

Scotland Yard issued a public apology to the Duke, which he later accepted.

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Man with knife arrested at Buckingham Palace

A man carrying a knife has been arrested trying to enter Buckingham Palace.

A 44-year-old man attempted to enter Buckingham Palace via the north centre gate but was immediately apprehended by police.

The man was searched and found to be in possession of a knife.

He was arrested on suspicion of trespassing on a protected site and possession of an offensive weapon.

William put through his paces in Palace football training

Prince William took part in a training session at Buckingham Palace while the grounds hosted its first ever football match.

The Duke of Cambridge was put through his paces in some of the Queen's Household team's training exercises.

In the historic game, Polytechnic FC beat Civil Service FC by two goals to one.

The Civil Service team presented William with two tiny tops for his son, Prince George - one red and the other white, both with "HRH 1" on the back.

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