Man arrested after allegedly trying to break into Buckingham Palace while Queen inside

A man has been arrested after reportedly climbing the front gates of Buckingham Palace while Queen Elizabeth II was inside.

Police said late Wednesday night that the 22-year-old man was arrested earlier that morning by specialist royal police officers.

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Palace officials declined to say whether the queen was told about the incident.

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According to police, the alleged intruder wasn’t carrying a weapon, and the incident is not seen as related to any extremist threat.

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He was held on suspicion of trespassing at around 2 a.m. on Wednesday by specialist royal police officers, the Metropolitan police said.

“The 22-year-old man was arrested at approximately 2 a.m. on Wednesday, 10 July, by officers from the Met’s royalty and specialist protection command after he climbed over the front gates at Buckingham Palace,” a Metropolitan spokeswoman said.

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Police declined to disclose whether there would be a review of security after the incident.

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The suspect is in police custody. He hasn’t been charged or identified.

—With files from the Associated Press

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