Queen caught in second major security breach at royal estate

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

The royal family has been faced with a second major security breach in as many weeks, after two intruders broke into the Queen's Windsor estate.

A man, 31, and his girlfriend, 29, were arrested by police last Sunday, after they scaled fences at Windsor’s Royal Lodge, The Sun reports.

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Queen's estate suffers serious security breach for the second time. Photo: Getty

The incident took place just six days after another woman was allowed onto the same grounds of the Great Windsor Park, before also gaining access to the building, where Prince Andrew was home at the time.

The Queen is currently living at Windsor Castle - also on the estate - and is said to regularly visit the lodge.

Princess Diana’s personal protection officer for seven years has called the two breaches a "farce".

“It is totally unacceptable and makes the Queen vulnerable. This is very worrying and things really need to change," Ken Wharfe told the publication.

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According to reports, police found the intruders in the lodge grounds, which include All Saints Chapel where the Queen goes to service.

They were arrested and taken to Maidenhead police station and were later released on police bail pending further inquiries.

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It's the second breach at the Windsor estate in as many weeks. Photo: Getty

On April 19, a woman was eventually detained in the lobby of the residence, after asking a member of staff where Prince Andrew was, and police were called.

The intruder said she had flown in from from Spain to marry the prince. She also told police her name was Irene Windsor and she lived at the residence with her fiancé Andrew. 

Police found maps of other royal residences in the woman's handbag. They also found a self-defence key chain, that featured two sharp prongs. She was sectioned under the Mental Health Act.

At the time a source told The Sun: "She was very confident and walked around like she owned the place.

"That potential weapon apparently caused the police some concern.

"It is being dealt with as a major security breach."

This second breach is prompting questions over whether the Queen should permanently return to Buckingham Palace.

She has been staying in Windsor since March 2020, after she left the Palace due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

After the first breach, Royal biographer Penny Junor though told The Sun Her Majesty prefered staying at Windsor.

“No one would wish to deprive the Queen of seeking solace wherever she chooses but it is worrying that security should be so lax around a building where she is such a frequent visitor," Penny said.

“Andrew was in. By the grace of God, the Queen wasn’t. But she might well have been.

“She has been spending increasing amounts of time with Andrew since the Duke’s death.

“Today security at Buckingham Palace is state-of-the-art — and possibly the only royal residence that is.”

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