The strangest accident in the history of Buckingham Palace .. The story of a painter who infiltrated Elizabeth’s private room

The death of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II coincided in the same month as the strangest accident in the history of the British royal palace in 40 years, when the queen woke up to find a strange man in her private room.

The New York Times published the text of the Scotland Yard report on the security breach at Buckingham Palace: “The Buckingham Palace Incident, Friday July 9, 1982.”

According to the newspaper, this memorandum provides a detailed account of the incident at Buckingham Palace on Friday 9 July, its background, mistakes made and subsequent action, and takes full account of two interim reports by Assistant Commissioner Delo, will the Home Secretary’s oral statement describing the way forward.

And the paper continued: A man who was later found to be the painter and decorator Michael Fagan (born in London on 8 August 1948) was seen on the railing near the ambassadors’ entrance gates at around 06:45. Fagan climbed over the fence, jumped down and behind a tarpaulin A magazine was placed next to the ambassadors’ entrance.

Fagan entered a room on the ground floor through an unlocked window, and this room housed the Royal Stamp Collection, and as all the doors were closed he was denied access to the rest of the building, Fagan again exited through the same window , and then went to a downspout in a corner From the corners of the building where the Ambassadors entrance corridor meets the main building line, with the downspout going up to the flat roof above.

As soon as he had climbed to this roof, he went to a place which was only about two feet from the main palace building, and after taking off his sandals and stockings, he went to a narrow ledge which gave him access, through climbed up an unlocked window in the office. from the head of the family, Vice-Admiral Sir Peter Ashmore, who opened the servant. For this day, he walked the halls of the palace unchallenged for 15 minutes or so.

One of the palace servants remembered seeing him, but his behavior was not suspicious enough to cause alarm, and Fagan entered the apartments, going first into the antechamber, where he broke several pieces of an ordinary ashtray.

Fagan entered Her Majesty’s bedroom at around 7.15am with a piece of a broken ashtray. He said he had intended to cut his wrists in Her Majesty’s presence, claiming that he would not do anything like that. entered the palace with no intention, but it was only formed in his mind when he saw the ashtray.

He went through the room and opened the curtains near Her Majesty’s bed, and Her Majesty pressed the night alarm, as instructed by him, the sergeant who was in the corridor outside at night was off duty around 6:00 , when the members of the household staff came into service.

According to the normal routine of the day, the pendulum was out with the dogs, and the servant was cleaning in another room with the door closed so as not to disturb the queen with the noise of her work, so that the night alarm , connected to the corridor outside the queen’s room and the storeroom, attracted no one’s attention.

The queen used her bedside phone to instruct the palace telephone clerk to send the police to her bedroom, then the operator called the police inn, and this call was received there at around 07:18.

She made another phone call about six minutes later because the police officer had not yet arrived, and before the officers arrived, Her Majesty got the maid’s attention, and together they led Fagan to a nearby shop under the pretense to him of a cigarette.

They were joined there by a helper who had returned from dog training, while Her Majesty kept the dogs away while the man was angry, the man helped to keep Fagan stocked by providing him with cigarettes until he arrived and then another police officer and removed him.

Fagan was charged with burglary at the palace on 7 June 1982 and on 17 June 1982 a 25-year-old man pulled out a knife and used it to force two police officers guarding the north central gate.

According to Mr. Delow’s conclusion appears to be that Fagan was seen on the guard rail by a police officer who sent a message through another police officer to the control room inside the palace, and that there was a lack of communication between the officers in control. room at that time.

Mr Dillo believes the response to Her Majesty’s call for a police officer to go to her bedroom was wholly inadequate, and claimed that if the police officers had been alert and efficient, Fagan would have been arrested before he approached the flats.

Mr. Delow’s report raises questions about the motives and professionalism of the uniformed police officers at Buckingham Palace. For most of each 24 hour period, the rank of the most immediately available senior officer is sergeant, and the civilian officers who protect members of the royal family. family is in Branch A-1, which is led by Commander Tristrel, and Her Majesty the Queen’s Constabulary.

The uniformed officers are part of District A, the chief palace officer is the chief inspector, and more senior officers, even the captain, are stationed at Kanon Row police station, and this divided organization did not encourage the professionalism and dedication that they should have. prevented the accident on July 9.

As part of the immediate response to the July 9 incident, all systems have been reviewed, changes made include some reorganization of the beam systems, other corrective work has been completed or is under urgent completion, and appropriate rooms and officers have been equipped with a wireless personal alarm system.

Among the measures are the immediate improvement of perimeter security, with a greatly improved electronic beam system, in addition, an integrated pattern of diameter beam systems and microwave barriers have been provided within the site, extending to the entrance of the building.

Arrangements were made to improve the control of perimeter entrances, including the installation of a closed circuit television system; In order to improve the protection of the access control and the emergency control of the physical barriers, improvements were also made to the alarm and control systems in the main structure without mentioning their specific location.
https://www.nytimes.com/1982/07/22/world/text-of-scotland-yard-s-report-on-july-9-intrusion-into-buckingham-palace.

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