Near Death Experiences Of The Royal FamilyMarch 13, 2019
It can happen to anyone, and The Royal Family, like everyone else, are not exempt from immortality. The Royals have lived to tell their share of dramatic stories. From Sarah, Duchess of York narrowly escaping the Twin Towers attack to Princess Anne evading kidnapping. Here are some near-death experiences of the royal family.
Prince Charles skiing accident
While on a skiing holiday in 1988, Prince Charles and his group were hit by an avalanche. Although he survived without injuries, his friend Major Hugh Lindsay, who was the Queen’s Equerry, lost his life. The Major was close with the Prince and Princess of Wales and was also the husband of Sarah Lindsay, who was seven months pregnant at the time with their first child.
The day after the tragic accident, the group, with Major Hugh Lindsay’s coffin, flew back to RAF Northolt, London.
Prince Charles became a godfather to Sarah and Major Hugh’s daughter, after Major Lindsay’s death. Back in 2008, Sarah told The Telegraph: “The Princess was fantastic. She used to ring me every Sunday evening. She was a dear friend -someone I could ring at midnight and say: ‘Life is pretty grim.’ The Princess of Wales instinctively knew when I might be feeling down – the school holidays and so on. She always had nice ideas about how to cheer me up.”
Attempted abduction of Princess Anne
In 1974, Princess Anne was almost kidnapped when an armed man attacked her car on the Mall outside Buckingham Palace. On her way back to the Palace after attending a charity in a chauffeur-driven limousine, the car was stopped in its tracks when Ian Ball pulled his car in front of the limousine. James Beaton, the royal protection officer, was shot three times, along with the driver and a passing tabloid journalist. Several years after the event Anne appeared on BBC TV show Parkinson and said: “He opened the door, and we had sort of a discussion, about where or where not we were going to go…he said I had to go with him, can’t remember why. I said I didn’t think I wanted to go.” She did leave the car, before Ron Russel, a former boxer, hit the kidnapper and a policeman has shot again before detaining the shooter.
Sarah Ferguson’s narrow escape of 9/11
In 2018, Sarah Ferguson revealed to HELLO! that she is extremely lucky to still be alive. She explained that in 2001 her charity Chances for Children gave her an office on the 101st floor of the North Tower of the Twin Towers. And on the 11 September that same year, she was held up by traffic for 20 minutes. It was the reason she escaped 9/11. “I take every minute as a blessing, I really do, and I really work hard at it. Because the minute you look far forward then you’re missing now. The minute you look back…you can’t go back. Hindsight is a wonderful thing.”
The Queen almost shot at the Trooping the Color ceremony
In 1981, the Queen rode down The Mall to the Trooping the Color ceremony when Marcus Sarjeant shot at her six blank shots. The attempted assassination saw him prosecuted under the Treason Act 1984, and was sentenced to five years’ imprisonment. Reflecting on the event with the BBC, Prince Charles praised the Queen’s reaction saying: “She is a marvellous rider so… she has a marvellous way with horses… made of strong stuff.”
The Buckingham Palace intruder
In July 1982, Michael Fagan broke in the Buckingham, Palace and went to the Queen’s bedroom. He scaled the palace wall before climbing up a drainpipe and entering the Queen’s bedroom. He explained that he had already broken into Buckingham Palace a month before. He revealed that on this previous occasion he entered the palace through a window on the roof, before eating cheddar cheese on crackers and wandering around it.
The Queen target of an assassination attempt
In 1981, whilst the Queen was touring New Zealand, a teenager shot at the Queen, but missed. The teen loaded his rifle in a toilet cubicle in Dunedin, aiming at the monarch from five storeys. In the annual police reports the severity of this security breach is indicated: “The discharge of a firearm during the visit of Her Majesty the Queen serves to remind us all of the potential risks to royalty, particularly during public walks.”
The Queen was nearly shot by Buckingham Palace staff
An ex-guardsman told The Times that the Queen would sometimes go for a short stroll around the palace grounds. On one occasion, while the guard was patrolling inside the perimeter of the palace walls, he saw a figure on the grounds. After calling out, the guard established that the intruder was the Queen herself. “Bloody hell, Your Majesty, I nearly shot you.” The Queen replied: “That’s quite all right, next time I’ll ring through beforehand so you don’t have to shoot me.”