Queen Elizabeth Was Reportedly Once Almost Shot by Her Own Guard During a 3 A.M. Walk

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Who knew a case of insomnia almost resulted in a deadly incident for the queen?

Queen Elizabeth was once almost shot by one of her own guards at Buckingham Palace when she went on a 3 a.m. walk,The Times London reported on Wednesday. According to an ex-guardsman, when the queen has trouble falling asleep, she'll sometimes walk around the palace grounds, which is what led to the close call.

The ex-guardsman says he almost shot the 90-year-old one night, when he mistook her for an intruder. Thankfully, she quickly identified herself when he shouted, "Who's that?!"

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... But it's her quote that will probably make you love the queen even more.

"Bloody hell, Your Majesty, I nearly shot you," the ex-guardsman says he "blurted out" after the incident, to which she replied, "That’s quite all right. Next time I’ll ring through beforehand so you don’t have to shoot me.”

The Times
did not specify when the encounter took place.

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On Tuesday, the queen's press secretary said the beloved royal was still recovering from her "heavy cold" that she came down with before Christmas. However, she still plans to attend church on Sunday after skipping the New Year's Day service due to her illness.

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