Here’s everything you need to know about the Queen and the Buckingham Palace intruder

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The Windsors are undoubtedly the most talked-about family in the world, with everything from Archie’s royal christening to the rumoured royal feud making news.

One of the most talked-about royal family members however is the Queen, from the food she banned from the royal kitchen to the ‘vulgar’ word she reportedly refuses to say.

This week, the Queen made news due to a security breach at her Buckingham Palace home, as an intruder broke in at 2am earlier this week while the Queen was sleeping metres away.

According to The Sun, the 22-year-old scaled a fence in front of the palace before he attempted to bang down the doors, almost 37 years ago to the day that Michael Fagan infamously broke into the Queen’s bedroom.

‘There was an intruder at the Palace while the Queen lay sleeping in her bedroom and he was on the loose for a good few minutes before the cops arrested him,’ a royal source reportedly told The Sun. 'He was determined to get inside the palace and was banging down the doors but, thank goodness, this time everything was locked up.’

The source continued: ‘This intruder got into the Palace almost 37 years to the day since Michael Fagan ended up getting inside the Queen’s bedroom. There is a genuine theory and very real fear that he could have been launching a copycat operation. The police eventually detained him under the mental health act, but they have to ask some serious questions about how he got on and how he had so long to roam free.’

The source concluded: ‘How is it possible all these years later that someone can climb the fence and get right inside the grounds without being stopped immediately? What about heat censors and CCTV? The Queen’s safety should be paramount.’

The Queen has not commented on the incident.

Jenny Proudfoot
Features Editor

Jenny Proudfoot is an award-winning journalist, specialising in lifestyle, culture, entertainment, international development and politics. She has worked at Marie Claire UK for seven years, rising from intern to Features Editor and is now the most published Marie Claire writer of all time. She was made a 30 under 30 award-winner last year and named a rising star in journalism by the Professional Publishers Association.