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The royal family’s shocking near-death experiences: from the Queen’s intruder to Prince Charles’ skiing accident

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The Queen and her family have their fair share of dramatic stories. From Sarah, escaping the Twin Towers attack to Princess Anne evading kidnapping. 


All these members have had some lucky escapes! However, near-death experiences can happen to anyone, and the royal family is not exempt from immortality.

So, take a look at the royals’ close calls:-

  • Prince Charles’ skiing accident

In 1988, whilst on a skiing holiday, Charles nearly died when his skiing group was hit by an avalanche. Although, the Prince survived without injuries, sadly his friend, Major Hugh Lindsay, who was also Her Majesty’s Equerry, lost his life.

Major Hugh Lindsay was a close friend of Charles and Diana. He was also the husband of Sarah Lindsay who worked in the press office at Buckingham Palace. She was about seven months pregnant with their first child at the time.

  • Princess Anne’s attempted abduction

In 1974, Princess Anne was nearly kidnapped. It was when an armed man attacked her car on the Mall outside Buckingham Palace. On their way back to Buckingham Palace after attending a charity event, the car was stopped in its tracks when Ian Ball, pulled his Ford Escort in front of Anne’s car.

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Royal security detail, James Beaton was shot three times, alongside the driver and a passing tabloid journalist. This was the first close abduction that led to an increase in the security for the royal family.

  • Sarah Ferguson narrowly escaped 9/11

Sarah Ferguson revealed exclusively to The Royal UK in 2018 that she is extremely lucky to still be here today. The mother-of-two explained that back in 2001, her charity Chances for Children gave her an office on the 101st floor of the North Tower of the Twin Towers in New York.




And on the 11 September, 2001, Sarah was miraculously held up by traffic for 20 minutes. That meant she thankfully escaped being involved in the tragedy that took place that day.

Sarah said in her interview: “I take every minute as a blessing. Because the minute you look far forward then you’re missing now and the minute you look back, you can’t go back”.

  • The Queen’s bedroom intruder

Michael Fagan broke into Buckingham Palace and entered Queen Elizabeth’s bedroom in July 1982. The 33-year-old scaled the palace’s wall before climbing up a drainpipe and wandering into Her Majesty’s bedroom at 7:15 am.

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Michael explained he had already broken into Buckingham Palace a month before. The unemployed decorator revealed that on this previous occasion, he entered the palace through an unlocked window on the roof, before wandering around the palace.

  • The Queen was nearly shot by Buckingham Palace staff

An ex-guardsman told The Times that the Queen would occasionally go for a short stroll around the palace grounds. And on one occasion, whilst the guard was patrolling inside the perimeter of the palace walls, he spotted a figure on the ground.

After calling out, the guard established that Her Majesty was the intruder, before announcing “Bloody hell, Your Majesty, I nearly shot you”. The 92-year-old replied: “That’s quite all right. Next time I’ll ring through beforehand. So you don’t have to shoot me”.

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