During her nearly 70 years of reign, the Queen of England repeatedly faced assassination and kidnapping plots, but luckily escaped.
Queen Elizabeth II is a world-famous figure, and one of the UK’s most beloved people. As head of the British Royal Family, she constantly appeared in major events, going down in history as the longest reigning queen. The Queen is also the leader who travels the most and also faces many dangers because of assassination and kidnapping plots. According to SCMP, the head of the royal family has had 3 escapes before the schemes of the bad guys.
The first was in 1970, at this time, the Queen of England and her late husband Prince Philip were on a trip to Australia. According to former detective Cliff McHardy, on the train from Sydney to Orange in News South Wales state on April 29, she was almost assassinated.
The former detective said the killer placed a log on the railway tracks, with the aim of causing the Queen’s train to derail as it neared Lithgow. While an hour before, another train went to inspect the track but did not detect anything. Therefore, the appearance of the log is said to have someone trying to assassinate the Queen. But because the train was moving slowly, the impact on the log did not cause any serious damage. This story was only made public in 2009, when McHardy retired and told it. He stated at the time, the government wanted to cover up the story to avoid awkwardness.
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The Queen’s Birthday Parade, 1981
Trooping the Color is a parade to celebrate the Queen’s birthday that the British people look forward to every year. On June 13, 1981, when people were standing along the main avenue watching the Queen ride past, when suddenly a barrage of gunfire rang out. Accordingly, Marcus Sarjeant – 17-year-old teenager – fired 6 bullets from the pistol, startling the Queen’s horse, but she calmed the horse and continued.
Soon after the incident, Sarjeant was arrested and put on trial and admitted that he wanted to be famous and imitate the assassination of John Lennon that occurred a year earlier. In the end, the young man was sentenced to five years in prison, under the Treason Act, for “deliberately firing a gun with the intent of causing riot or injuring the Queen”.
New Zealand, 1981
A few months after the parade in London, the Queen was once again confronted with another assassination attempt while visiting New Zealand in 1981, at which time she went to a museum in Dunedin and Christopher John Lewis ( 17) waited in a nearby building, watching the moment the Queen got out of the car and opened fire from the window, but missed. Witnesses who only heard a loud bang did not discover the mastermind. But eight days later, Lewis was arrested, sentenced to three years in prison and spent time in a mental institution.
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