Man Arrested At Buckingham Palace Just 4 Days Before King Charles's Coronation
Just four days ahead of the coronation of King Charles III, a man has been arrested at Buckingham Palace after throwing suspicious items onto the palace grounds.
The unnamed subject was detained on Tuesday evening after he approached the palace gates and was found to be in possession of a suspicious bag, per BBC. The items, which were suspected to be shotgun cartridges, were eliminated using a controlled explosion as a precautionary measure. The remainder of the items has reportedly been retrieved for examination by specialists.
"Officers worked immediately to detain the man and he has been taken into police custody," Chief Superintendent Joseph McDonald said. "There have been no reports of any shots fired, or any injuries to officers or members of the public. Officers remain at the scene and further enquiries are ongoing."
A Metropolitan police spokesperson added that the situation "is not being treated as a terrorist incident," according to the Guardian. It is currently believed that the suspect was acting alone, and that the occurrence was an isolated incident. King Charles and Queen Consort Camilla were reportedly not at the palace at the time of the arrest.
Understandably, the news has garnered even more attention than usual due to the upcoming coronation, which will take place this weekend on Saturday, May 6, at Westminster Abbey. In addition to members of the royal family and British dignitaries, numerous high-profile names are expected to be in attendance for the event, including members of multiple international royal families.
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