The Queen got locked out of Windsor Castle due to a security mistake

Kayleigh Roberts
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From Red Online

  • Earlier this week, in an embarrassing incident, the Queen found herself locked out of her estate at Windsor Castle.
  • The Queen was accompanied by protection officers at the time and they were forced to drive her in circles around the area until the gate was finally unlocked.

You would think that being the Queen would guarantee you access to Windsor Castle, one of the main residences of said Queen. But you would be wrong. Even monarchs are vulnerable to awkward incidents.

On Thursday, Queen Elizabeth experienced just such a situation when she found herself locked out of her own castle.

According to The Sun, the 93-year-old monarch was was driving a Range Rover onto the estate Thursday when she realised she was stuck outside the Nelson's Gate entrance, which just wouldn't open for her.

Luckily, the monarch was surrounded (as usual) by a hoard of protection officers at the time, and they sprang into action to help her—not that they were able to get in while the gate was locked. Security at Windsor Castle is predictably incredibly strict.

Per The Sun's report on the incident: "A frustrated protection officer appeared to kick a side door in desperation before escorting the Queen around the block until the gate was unlocked."

"It’s hugely embarrassing," an onlooker on the scene told the newspaper. "There should have been a guard opening the gates automatically when the Queen came round the corner. Someone either forgot to open them and there was no gatekeeper."

In the end, the Queen and her protection officers were forced to essentially circle the block like people looking for parking downtown until someone inside was able to correct the error and get the gate open.

Pictures from the uncomfortable incident are making the rounds on Twitter, including this photo of the clearly over it monarch waiting not-so-patiently in the car with her dog:



A royal faux-pas, to say the least.

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