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Queen in Windsor security scare after police arrest intruder, 31, and his girlfriend, 29

The Queen has been hit with another security scare after a male and female intruder scaled a fence and broke into her Windsor estate, reports claim.

The man, 31, and his girlfriend, 29, gained entry to the grounds of the Royal Lodge in Windsor Great Park last Sunday.

The lodge is Prince Andrew‘s official residence and he was at home at the time of the incident, insiders said.

The grounds are home to All Saints Chapel where the 95-year-old Queen – who is still grieving the loss of her husband Prince Philip last month – attends church.

It is also a spot where the Monarch rides her horses and takes her corgis for walks.

Both intruders were arrested and taken to Maidenhead police station – but have since been let out on bail.

It comes just weeks after a 44-year-old woman who claimed to be engaged to the Duke of York was let into Royal Lodge by bungling security guards.

The Queen has been hit with another security scare after a male and female intruder scaled a fence and broke into her Windsor estate, reports claim. Pictured: The Queen walking her dogs in Windsor in 1994

The man, 31, and his girlfriend, 29, gained entry to the grounds of the Royal Lodge (pictured) in Windsor Great Park last Sunday

The man, 31, and his girlfriend, 29, gained entry to the grounds of the Royal Lodge (pictured) in Windsor Great Park last Sunday 

Reacting to last Sunday’s incident, a source told The Sun: ‘This is an astonishing lapse. 

‘Everyone was on high alert after the first intruder, now this happens. Heads could roll.’

Thames Valley Police confirmed officers were called to reports of two intruders on the grounds that Sunday.

On April 19, a woman, 44, spent 20 minutes wandering the grounds of Royal Lodge after she conned security guards into believing she was engaged to Prince Andrew.

Officers were so taken in by the Spanish national’s polished appearance they even paid her cab fare before waving her into the grounds of Royal Lodge in Windsor Great Park, reported The Sun.  

The woman spent 20 minutes wandering the grounds of Royal Lodge before heading inside the Grade II listed building to ask a member of staff where the duke was.

Police were called and she was held in the lobby after she told the staff member she was engaged to Prince Andrew, her name was Irene Windsor and she lived there with the duke.  

The lodge is Prince Andrew's official residence and he was at home at the time of the incident, insiders said

The lodge is Prince Andrew’s official residence and he was at home at the time of the incident, insiders said

In the woman’s handbag maps of the Royal Lodge and other Royal Family residences were found, alongside a self-defence key ring in the shape of a cat that featured two sharp prongs.  

She was originally arrested on suspicion of burglary before being sectioned and a security review has now been launched.

Prince Andrew’s police protection was scaled back last year as part of cost-cutting measures as he withdrew from Royal duties because of the Jeffrey Epstein scandal.

He still has Met Police personal protection but his officers are no longer routinely armed.

Private Security at the Royal Lodge, which Andrew shares with his ex-wife Sarah, Duchess of York, is provided by the Privy Purse, The Queen’s private income.

It is understood the intruder flew into the UK from Spain on Saturday, the day of Prince Philip’s funeral three miles away at Windsor Castle. 

Despite security forces being on high alert for the funeral, the woman was allowed through the front gate to the Royal Lodge, apparently without being asked to show any proof of identification.  

She claimed to have a lunch appointment with the duke, and demanded security officers pay her cab fare.    

Police were called and she was held in the lobby after she told the staff member she was engaged to Prince Andrew, her name was Irene Windsor and she lived there with the duke. Pictured, houses on the Windsor estate

Police were called and she was held in the lobby after she told the staff member she was engaged to Prince Andrew, her name was Irene Windsor and she lived there with the duke. Pictured, houses on the Windsor estate

A source said: ‘She was apparently very smartly dressed, in suit trousers, a yellow blouse and peach jacket, and had her hair done up and full make-up.

‘She cut quite a glamorous figure and the guards were completely taken in by her.

‘The woman demanded they pay her cab fare as she was a close friend of Prince Andrew, and they obliged before helpfully pointing her on her way towards the Royal Lodge.’

Prince Andrew and Fergie have lived at the Royal Lodge since 2004, two years after its former occupant, the Queen Mother, died.

Princess Eugenie and her husband Jack Brooksbank, who had their baby boy August in February, have also been living at Royal Lodge during lockdown.  

Sources said Prince Andrew was home at the time of the intrusion, but it is not known if he was aware of it at the time.      


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