An armed Queen’s Guard raised his rifle at a would-be intruder outside Buckingham Palace on Friday.
The man was seen shouting at royal protection officers at the royal residence when the armed soldier intervened.
Witnesses described how the guard walked around 50 yards from his post to join the confrontation with the intruder.
The would-be-intruder has since claimed that he was expecting a ‘private audience’ with the Queen.
The man has identified himself as Tosin Odunaiya, a 23-year-old Nigerian who came to Britain illegally. He said he ‘presumed’ the Royal Family would welcome him into the palace.
Speaking to The Sun, he said: “I wanted to speak with the Queen and presumed the Royal Family would have welcomed me as their lost son.”
Royal protection officers removed the man from the scene, although he was not arrested.
Odunaiya says that his past visits were made to discuss the issue of Syria with the Queen, but that now he just wants help to get home to Nigeria – as he hates it in Britain.
He told The Sun that the incident on Friday was his fifth attempt to get into the palace, and that he has been so sure of being allowed into the palace in the past that he has taken his toothbrush with him.
A statement from the Army said: “We are aware of an incident outside Buckingham Palace on Friday and while no one came to any harm and there were no arrests, we are very clear that the Metropolitan Police lead on Royal Security arrangements including outside the Palace itself.”
It is highly unusual for members of the Queen’s Guard to leave their post unless a Royal is under threat, as the Metropolitan Police are responsible for most issues related to guarding the palace.