Poor Queen Elizabeth!
The 90-year-old monarch was once almost shot by a guard at Buckingham Palace when she decided to take a stroll around the grounds at 3 a.m., according to a story published by London's The Times on Wednesday, Jan. 4.
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Queen Elizabeth is known to walk around outside Buckingham Palace late at night or early in the morning when she has trouble sleeping, an ex-guard revealed. One night, a patrolman saw a "figure in the darkness" and thought it was an intruder.
Thankfully, the guard called out to see who the person was — and realized it was the queen!
Queen Elizabeth with guards outside Buckingham Palace in May 2010. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
“Bloody hell, Your Majesty, I nearly shot you,” the guard reportedly told Queen Elizabeth. “That’s quite all right,” she allegedly responded. “Next time I’ll ring through beforehand so you don’t have to shoot me.”
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The article did not specify when this incident reportedly took place and Buckingham Palace did not comment on the new The Times story.
This is the second time Queen Elizabeth has made headlines this week. On Thursday, Dec. 30, royal fans went into a frenzy when a fake BBC News Twitter account falsely announced Prince William and Prince Harry's beloved grandmother had died.
Queen Elizabeth at Buckingham Palace in December 2016. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
"BREAKING: Buckingham Palace announces the death of Queen Elizabeth II at the age of 90. Circumstances are unknown. More to follow," the false news account @BBCNewsUKI — which has since been suspended — tweeted alongside a picture of the queen.
"Thought Queen Elizabeth II had died. Told my mom. Instantly in tears... whoops," one person wrote on Twitter following the hoax.
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"I've never experienced a rollercoaster of emotions as intense as what I felt when reading the Queen Elizabeth 'news' then seeing it was fake," another posted on the micro-blogging site.
Long live the queen!
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The royal went by the name as a child because she couldn't pronounce Elizabeth when she was a baby.