A 22-YEAR-OLD man was last night in custody after an intruder broke into the grounds of Buckingham Palace while the Queen was in bed.
The trespasser climbed over the front gates of the royal residence just before 2am yesterday and ran around banging on doors for almost five minutes before he was detained, according to reports.
A royal source told The Sun: ‘There was an intruder at the Palace while the Queen lay sleeping in her bedroom and he was on the loose for a good few minutes before the police arrested him.
‘He was determined to get inside the palace and was banging down the doors but, thank goodness, this time everything was locked up.’
Officials confirmed the 93-year-old monarch (pictured) was inside at the time — with the Royal Standard flag flying on the palace roof to show she was there.
Scotland Yard said the incident was ‘not being treated as terrorist-related’.
There have been a string of attempted break-ins at the Palace over the years. In 1982 Michael Fagan managed to get into the Queen’s bedroom and chat with her for around ten minutes.
The source added: ‘How is it possible all these years later that someone can climb the railings and get inside without being stopped? The Queen’s safety should be paramount.’