Queen Elizabeth II was once almost assassinated in her own backyard by a member of her own royal guard!
According to a piece published Wednesday in The Times Diary of the U.K. entitled “Most Curious Royal Incident,” a former guardsman recounted the time he almost shot the queen, who enjoys taking late-night strolls through the grounds of Buckingham Palace when she has trouble sleeping.
During one such 3 a.m. walk, the guardsman thought the queen was a possible intruder.
“Who’s that?” he shouted, realizing soon after it was the queen herself.
“Bloody hell, your majesty, I nearly shot you,” he said.
“That’s quite all right,” Queen Elizabeth II replied. “Next time I’ll ring through beforehand so you don’t have to shoot me.”
Buckingham Palace reportedly declined to comment on the incident, the timing of which is unclear as well.