Skip to comments.Buckingham Palace Security Guards Mistook Prince Andrew for Just Some Guy
Posted on 09/08/2013 4:54:35 PM PDT by nickcarraway
On Monday, Buckingham Palace had its biggest security breach in 30 years a man scaled a 12-foot fence and meandered into the State Rooms before he was noticed and it seems the security guards there were still on high alert on Wednesday. So, when two officers spotted a man they didn't recognize wandering the palace garden, they rushed over to demand identification and ordered him to "put your hands up and get on the ground." While that's generally good, if forceful, practice when it comes to palace guarding, the man they confronted turned out be Queen Elizabeth's other son, Prince Andrew, the Duke of York.
A palace source told the Sunday Express, "It's fair to say that to describe the Duke as unhappy and the two officers as highly embarrassed is the biggest understatement of the century." She added, "There is a high turnover of the police on duty at the Palace, but youd think anyone would know what Prince Andrew looks like." At least anyone who works at the palace.
Prince Andrew was reportedly "livid" after having his leisurely stroll interrupted, and we imagine he admonished the security guards as only a true royal can. But, for his official statement, the Duke went with, "The police have a difficult job to do balancing security for the royal family and deterring intruders, and sometimes they get it wrong. I am grateful for their apology and look forward to a safe walk in the garden in the future." So, we're going to assume no one lost their heads over the incident.
It could be worse: He could live under despotism in New York city.
Maybe not their heads but I’m betting they lost their jobs.
Do the Brits have a base at the South Pole?
Many Americans mistook a Chicago community organizer as presidential.
To the Tower with that lot!
I would think that the first step when you get a job like this would be to review pictures of the royal family very carefully.
Maybe the Queen told them to do it.
Did they shoot his dog too. ?
What? They aren’t familiar with the HVT’s they protect?
How the hell does that happen?
Even I know what that dork looks like.
Still, if it happened to me, I’d be laughing my ass afterward and maybe send those guy’s for tea at the Savoy, maybe send em to that pub on the bwck end of the palace or send em over to The Ruebens and let em get completely bombed.
They would have an escort and a room on the 3rd floor overlooking the palace grounds.
You would think they would at least hesitate:
He looks like a rather distinguished bloke. I don’t suppose he was wearing jeans and a T-shirt, either.
Which won't do much for security in the future.
Wow, he IS looking OLD, though. He may have been difficult to recognize.
I think after a certain age, you probably shouldn’t be called “Prince”. “Backup King” would be better. It’s just embarrassing if you are over 60.
not aging well ...Looks older than 52 .
apostrophe alert: the plural of a guy is guys, not guy’s.
He’s not the backup king. At this point, he’s fifth in line for the throne.
That, my FRiends, is class. It doesn't come with birth, it's earned.
Silly me- I thought it was just PR...well paid PR.
You’re probably right, but it still is the right thing to say. If you have to pay somebody else to write it and can afford the best, it’s the way to go. But you know, it just might have been Andy hissef. You never know.
I used to be acquainted with a rather famous entertainer. He stayed several times at a hotel resort where I was the Night Auditor/Front Desk person. One of his great pleasures in life was when he wasn’t recognized or was recognized and treated as though he wasn’t famous anyway.
This Prince may have enjoyed the experience
I know the Duke of York very well. He probably did write this himself, but he has been very well taught what the right things to say and write are.
I would guess that at the time it happened, the police officers were treated to the full vernacular of a career sailor in full flow, followed by the the type of dressing down only a senior officer knows how to give.
They won’t have lost their jobs - lest a security officer hesitates in the future. You want them to err on the side of caution.
They will be spending some time with a training officer looking at flashcards of famous faces.
Naw, "Welcome to the Malvinas!"
It’s NOT good to be a Prince!
(NOTE: Prince Andrew is the one in the picture wearing the funny hat.)
It's what happens when you outsource security to India.
Can we use some other title than Vice-President for Joe Biden?
Well, this guy’s guys said the guise of disguise was a geyser of ignominy...