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Monarch forced to flee ‘in nightie’ after seeing Buckingham Palace intruder

QUEEN Elizabeth II reportedly ran out of her Buckingham Palace bedroom in a nightie after seeing an intruder in her room.

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Nearly 40 years later, Michael Fagan claims he broke into the London palace because he thought the monarch could help him and insisted he never intended to cause her any alarm.


Mr Fagan, then 33, was “fixated” on the Queen who demanded to know what he was doing before she ran out of the room in her nightie to get help in July 1982. The brief encounter was one of the worst royal security breaches in the 20th Century after Mr Fagan climbed into Buckingham Palace through an open window, despite high security. Mr Fagan, who says he was depressed after his wife left him, broke into the palace twice within a matter of weeks. He claimed he urinated in corgi food and downed red wine. He later blamed magic mushrooms.

Queen forced to flee in nightie after intruder

Michael Fagan broke into Buckingham Palace in 80s

Mr Fagan told the Sun he was left to raise his four young children on his own and wanted to find out if Her Majesty could help solve his problems. The retired decorator scaled a 10ft railing and climbed down a drainpipe and crawled through an open window. He wandered the halls and slipped past staff, wearing just jeans and a T-shirt, he reportedly took off his socks and sandals. Mr Fagan triggered an alarm but officers in the palace police control room turned it off twice thinking the system was faulty. READ MORE: Queen forced to find new ‘base’ to replace Buckingham…

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