A man arrested in the grounds of Buckingham Palace told staff he wanted to see the Queen.

Connor Attridge, 28, was arrested just days before the Queen’s platinum jubilee for allegedly trespassing on the grounds of Buckingham Palace

Connor Attridge, 28
Connor Attridge, 28

A man has been arrested for allegedly entering the grounds of Buckingham Palace after reportedly telling staff: “I want to see the Queen.”

Connor Attridge was reportedly walking through the Royal Mews vehicle gate on Sunday night when it opened to an authorized vehicle.

He then managed to breach the palace line after refusing to stop when challenged by a member of the household staff, Westminster Magistrates’ Court heard.

The shocking event involving the 28-year-old came just days before the Queen’s centenary celebrations.

Attridge, who has a face tattoo that reads “really blessed,” said: “I want to come in. I want to see the Queen,” before he was led out the gate and arrested, the court was told.

Buckingham Palace, London


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He appeared in the dock on Tuesday and was charged with entering a protected compound on May 29.

His arrest comes amid heightened security around the palace ahead of the extended bank holiday celebrating the Queen’s 70th reign.

On June 2, Trooping the Color, the Sovereign’s official birthday parade, will kick off the four days of celebrations, with expectations that the Queen will join the working members of the Royal Family on the balcony of Buckingham Palace.

“This is one of the most prominent weeks in history as it marks the 70th anniversary,” said prosecutor Leila Nahaboo-Osman.

Pedestrians and cyclists on The Mall lined with the Union Flags leading to Buckingham Palace


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She said the area where the defendant allegedly entered was “one of the most heavily guarded places in London”.

Daniel Mullin, defending himself, said his client suffered from mental health problems, did not use any “stealth” method and “had no motive or desire to go further than he did” after allegedly crossing the line by just meters.

“That was reckless at worst and borderline on accidental offense at best,” he said.

District Judge Nina Tempia adjourned the case until June 28 to allow prosecutors to obtain Attorney General Suella Braverman’s approval, which is needed in cases involving trespassing on protected premises.

She granted Attridge, of Eastbourne, East Sussex, bail with conditions including a curfew monitored by electronic tags and being barred from London except to appear in court.

The alleged incident is the latest involving the Royal Mews, which house the royal family’s horses.

A look at preparations for Queen Elizabeth’s Platinum Jubilee around Buckingham Palace


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Earlier this year, American tourist Joseph Huang Kang, 24, was fined £200 after jumping over the fence into the Mews amid a psychotic episode on the afternoon of December 10 last year.

Cameron Kalani, 44, climbed over the fence in the early hours of May 10 last year and was caught with an 8-inch kitchen knife and cocaine when he was arrested after climbing back onto Buckingham Palace Road.

He was sentenced to a 24-week prison sentence, which was suspended for 12 months after pleading guilty to entering a protected location, possessing a bladed object and a pack of cocaine.

Kalani said he traveled to London from his home on Haywards Heath, West Sussex, while in a state of psychosis to “be arrested”.

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