Windsor Castle intruder spotted 'carrying crossbow' on CCTV as Queen prepared for Christmas Mass says report

The individual was apprehended by security as he attempted to break into the premises.

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An intruder who was pounced on by armed police on Christmas Day outside Windsor Castle was believed to be carrying a crossbow.

The individual was apprehended by security as he attempted to break into the premises.

Her Majesty was said to be preparing to greet her sons Charles and Edward before security personnel raised a “top-level emergency”.

A man is said to have breached perimeter security, but could not get to the building itself, despite carrying a crossbow, according to the Sunday Mirror.

Charles, Camilla, Edward and Sophie, along with their children Lady Louise and James, Viscount Severn, attended a church service in St George’s Chapel, in the castle grounds, at 10.45am on Christmas morning.

TVP Superintendent Rebecca Mears said: “An investigation is ongoing following this incident and we are working with colleagues from the Metropolitan police.

“The man has been arrested on suspicion of breach or trespass of a protected site and possession of an offensive weapon.

“He remains in custody at this time.

“We can confirm security processes were triggered within moments of the man entering the grounds and he did not enter any buildings.

“Members of the royal family have been informed about the incident.

“We do not believe there is a wider danger to the public.”