Buckingham Palace intruder 'given whisky by Queen's staff'
Monday, 20 February 2012 17:22
London, Feb 20 : Michael Fagan, who broke into the bedroom of the Queen in 1982, has claimed that her staff had given him whisky after catching him, saying that he looked like "he needed a drink".
In the year the Queen is to celebrate her Diamond Jubilee, Fagan has disclosed some secrets of what happened on the night of July 9th 1982, revealing that he went barefoot after losing his shoes on the roof and talking about the knee-length nightie she was wearing.
Revealing that he was "scareder" than he had ever been as he came face to face with the Queen, pulling back the curtains surrounding her bed, he said: "Then she speaks and it's like the finest glass you can imagine breaking: 'Wawrt are you doing here?!'," the Telegraph quoted him as telling the Independent.
"It was a double bed but a single room, definitely â€“ she was sleeping in there on her own. Her nightie was one of those Liberty prints and it was down to her knees," he said.
He also refuted reports that the Queen had a long conversation with him to stall him while security was summoned.
"She went past me and ran out of the room; her little bare feet running across the floor," he said.
He claimed that moment later; an unarmed footman arrived at the door.
"The footman came and said, 'Cor, f****** hell mate, you look like you need a drink'. His name was [Paul] Whybrew, which is a funny name for someone offering you a drink, innit? He took me to the Queen's pantry, across the landing, where I presume she cooks her baked beans and toast and whatever â€“ and takes a bottle of Famous Grouse from the shelf and pours me a glass of whisky," he said.
Fagan said that though he had lost his shoes on the roof of the Palace, but they were eventually returned.
"I got my sandals returned to me two years later by the security guard. 'These are Michael's sandals, we found them on the roof,' they said," he said.
Fagan's actions remain one of the most embarrassing breaches of royal security.
Before entering the Queen's room, he wandered around the palace unhindered, via King George V's multimillion-pound stamp collection, triggering the alarm twice. Police turned it off, assuming the warnings were errors.
The resulting scandal had prompted the then Home Secretary, Willie Whitelaw, to offer his resignation to the Queen, which she refused.
It wasn't the first time Fagan had broken into the Palace.
A month earlier, he climbed in through the window of a maid's bedroom, but by the time security arrived, he was lost in the maze of corridors. (ANI)