The man who is being pointed a riffle at, is said to be a self-confessed illegal immigrant who wanted a “private audience” with the Queen (illegal immigrant???) #FIDDLESTICK
The front page of The Sun on Sunday shows the guard pointing his bayonet-fixed rifle towards the man’s face while he stood next to the police officer.
The soldier left his post to intervene when a member of the public refused to stop shouting at a police officer stationed outside Buckingham Palace gates on Friday.
A Metropolitan Police spokesman said: “Police were made aware of a disturbance at the North-Centre Gate of Buckingham Palace at approximately 5.50pm on Friday, April 4.
“Officers from Royalty Protection spoke to a man and he was given words of advice and there were no arrests.’’ The Queen’s Guard is not believed to be facing any action over the incident.
An Army spokesman said: “We are aware of an incident outside Buckingham Palace on Friday and while no one came to any harm and there were no arrests, we are very clear that the Metropolitan Police lead on Royal Security arrangements including outside the Palace itself.’’
Buckingham Palace declined to comment. The North-Centre Gate is now the everyday entrance to the Palace.
The Queen’s Guard are a contingents of soldiers charged with guarding the Palace but carry a largely ceremonial role.