Queen Elizabeth II Nearly Shot During Early Morning Walk

One of Queen Elizabeth II’s early morning walks nearly cost her her life!

An ex-guardsman spoke with U.K’s The Times this week and opened up about how he mistook Her Majesty for an intruder on the royal property.

According to the guard, the Queen sometimes struggles to sleep, and thus, she’ll put on a jacket and take a walk around the palace grounds in the wee hours of the morning. However, one day, around 3 a.m. the guard saw a peculiar figure walking through the darkness while he was on patrol inside the palace walls.

Queen Elizabeth

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He said he shouted, “Who’s that?” And to his surprise, he discovered it was the Queen. In a fit of relief, he couldn’t help but blurt out, “Bloody hell, Your Majesty, I nearly shot you!”

After realizing he spoke out of turn, he waited to be scolded. However, he said the Queen simply replied, “That’s quite all right. Next time I’ll ring through beforehand so you don’t have to shoot me.”

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