(PresidentialWire.com)- A man armed with a crossbow was arrested on Christmas day after attempting to break into Windsor Castle while Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II was in residence.
According to London police, 19-year-old Jaswant Singh Chail from Southampton was stopped within moments of entering the castle grounds on Christmas morning. He was taken into custody and has undergone a mental health assessment. He has since been placed under the care of medical professionals under the Mental Health Act.
The Queen, who has spent much of the pandemic at Windsor Castle, was celebrating Christmas with Prince Charles, his wife Camilla, and other close family members at the time. However, the suspect never made it anywhere near the castle before he was apprehended.
Security breaches are rare at royal residences. In 1982, an intruder scaled a wall to enter Buckingham Palace and wandered into a room where the Queen was in bed.
In 2017, a Muslim named Mohiussunnath Chowdhury attempted to enter Windsor Castle to kill the Queen using a four-foot-long blade. Unfortunately, Chowdhury didn’t know how to get to Windsor Castle, so he entered “Windsor Castle” into his navigation system and ended up at The Windsor Castle pub instead of the palace.
According to news reports, a video of 19-year-old Jaswant Singh Chail filmed before the breach, showed him wearing a mask and hoodie and holding the crossbow. In a distorted voice, he apologizes for what he was about to do, explaining that he would attempt to assassinate the Queen to exact revenge for those killed in the 1919 Jallianwala Bagh massacre and for “those who have been killed, humiliated and discriminated on because of their race.”
The Metropolitan Police Specialist Operations are still investigating Saturday’s incident. Scotland Yard confirmed that a crossbow was found while searching the 19-year-old.
The Queen made no public appearances on Christmas day. In a pre-recorded Christmas message, the Queen spoke of the loss of Prince Philip, her husband of 73 years, who died in April at 99.
Also in residence at the time of the breach was Prince William, his wife Duchess Kate Middleton, along with the Wessexes and the Yorks. Princess Anne was unable to join the family for Christmas as she is self-isolating with her husband, Sir Timothy Laurence, who tested positive for COVID.