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Intruder breaks into Buckingham Palace while Queen sleeps

Intruder breaks into Buckingham Palace while Queen sleeps

"Officers quickly established that he wasn't carrying any weapons and the incident isn't terror related".

"The police eventually detained him under the mental health act, but they have to ask some serious questions about how he got on and how he had so long to roam free", the source says.

The Queen was in residence at the time, a palace spokeswoman said.

Police had not indicated whether the breach would prompt a security review, according to The Guardian.

The man, the police revealed on Thursday, has since been released from custody, but remains under investigation.

United Kingdom police have confirmed that a 22-year-old man was arrested after climbing over a fence at 2am London time (11am AEST) on Wednesday.

Police were anxious that this invasion was a copycat operation of a previous Buckingham Palace break in 37 years ago-this incident last night had nearly occurred on the exact date as the other one.

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Cape Town - An intruder wreaked havoc at Buckingham Palace when he breached security in the early hours of the morning and attempted to bang down the palace doors.

In 1982, Michael Fagan broke into the palace at 7.15am on July 9, climbing the walls of the residence and entering the Queen's bedroom. "It's very odd given the infamous Fagan business almost 37 years ago", the source says. There is a genuine theory and very real fear that he could have been launching a copycat operation.

Fagan scaled a palace drainpipe to enter the queen's bedroom and sat chatting with her for 10 minutes before she was able to summon help. "The Queen's safety should be paramount".

"We are all relieved that the doors were locked this time and he wasn't able to get inside where the Queen was".

Fagan was a 31-year-old schizophrenic man who had apparently broken a glass ashtray at the foot of her bed during the incident.

It was the Queen's long-time aide Paul Whybrew - still employed by the Queen to this day - who came to the rescue.