A HAMPSHIRE man "armed with an offensive weapon" has been arrested for breaching security at Windsor Castle.

Police responded to the incident at the royal residence at around 8.30am yesterday– Christmas day.

A 19-year-old man from Southampton has been arrested and he remains in custody at this time.

Thames Valley Police Superintendent Rebecca Mears, said: “An investigation is ongoing following this incident and we are working with colleagues from the Metropolitan police.


Walkers on the Long Walk in front of Windsor Castle, Berkshire, after Queen Elizabeth II returned there on Thursday after spending a night in hospital for what a Buckingham Palace spokesman described as preliminary investigations. Picture date:


“The man has been arrested on suspicion of breach or trespass of a protected site and possession of an offensive weapon. He remains in custody at this time.

“We can confirm security processes were triggered within moments of the man entering the grounds and he did not enter any buildings.

“Members of the Royal Family have been informed about the incident. We do not believe there is a wider danger to the public."