Man arrested over bomb alert at Queen's Scottish home

Kristine Tarbert
·Features and Health Editor
·2-min read

A man has been arrested after a suspicious item was found at the Queen's official residence in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Officers were called to the scene at the palace of Holyroodhouse at about 8.50pm on Tuesday after receiving reports of a suspicious item being found, a police spokesperson said.

Bomb disposal units were called and a squad examined the item before "making it safe", though Police Scotland have since explained the device was 'not viable', according to reports.

A Police Scotland spokesperson said in a statement: "A 39-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the incident.

"There was no threat to the public and enquiries are ongoing into the full circumstances."

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The Queen and Prince Philip remain at Windsor Castle. Photo: Getty

It was not clear when the arrest was made. According to reports the suspect is believed to suffer from mental illness.

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The Queen and her husband Prince Philip have been spending time at Windsor Castle, in England, while the UK is slowly easing out of lockdown.

While the Palace of Holyroodhouse is the Queen's official residence in Scotland, she often spends time at her private home of Balmoral Castle, 120 kilometres north of the palace.

Queen Elizabeth II greets Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau during an audience at the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh.
The Queen uses the palace for official engagements like this meeting with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in 2017. Photo: AP

She does generally spend one week at Holyroodhouse at the beginning of each summer, and often uses it for official engagements and royal events.

It's not the first time there has been a security scare at the Queen's Scotland residence.

Back in 2004, an investigation was launched after a man managed to bypass security systems and get within yards of the Royal Apartments.

A security guard outside the Palace of Holyroodhouse
The Queen spends some time in summer at the Palace of Holyroodhouse. Photo: Getty

It was reported at the time that the man stood unchallenged in the State Rooms adjacent to the Queen's bedroom for 20 minutes.

The incident happened just 72 hours before the Prince of Wales was due to visit the palace.

With reporting by AAP.

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