The Queen was ‘nearly shot’ by one of her own guards
The Queen was nearly shot roaming the grounds of her home.
The monarch, who celebrated her 90th birthday last year, found herself in a tricky situation roaming the grounds of her home.
It’s known that the Queen sometimes suffers from insomnia, waking up in the middle of the night and struggling to sleep.
One night she opted for a stroll around the grounds of Buckingham Palace, it was reported in The Times newspaper.
However she hadn’t rung down to let the guards know she was off for a stroll.
Being a dark London night, they were pretty concerned to spot a shadowy figure appearing in palace grounds.
One guard, thinking that he had caught a potentially dangerous intruder sneaking into the royal residence at 3am, shouted: “Who’s that?”
Little did he expect to hear the Queen respond.
“Bloody hell, Your Majesty, I nearly shot you,” he is reported to have said.
His panic at nearly shooting the Queen soon turned to panic at the way he’d spoken to the elderly monarch.
But all was fine, as she embraced the awkward encounter.
“That’s quite all right,” the Queen replied.
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“Next time I’ll ring through beforehand so you don’t have to shoot me.”
When the Queen came to the throne, the UK had many pieces of anti-LGBT pieces of legislation on the statute book.
Today, it is internationally recognised as having amongst the best LGBT rights legislation in the world.
While the only time the 90-year-old has commented publicly on LGBT people was when she welcomed civil partnerships in the beginning of the 2003/04 legislative session, she has signed a great deal of other pieces of legislation which have changed LGBT life in the UK.
That includes the decriminalisation of homosexuality, 50 years ago this year.