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File photo dated 03/05/1928 of Princess Elizabeth (now Queen Elizabeth II) waving from the carriage as she drives in London as the Queen turns 90 on the April 21st.
File photo dated 03/05/1928 of Princess Elizabeth (now Queen Elizabeth II) waving from the carriage as she drives in London as the Queen turns 90 on the April 21st.
File photo dated 06/11/1935 of Princess Elizabeth (now Queen Elizabeth II) who turns 90 on the April 21st.
File photo dated 15/12/1948 of Princess Elizabeth (now Queen Elizabeth II) holding her son Prince Charles after his Christening ceremony in Buckingham Palace as the Queen turns 90 on the April 21st.
File photo dated 01/01/1933 of two year old Princess Margaret (seated) with her sister Princess Elizabeth (now Queen Elizabeth II) as the Queen turns 90 on the April 21st.
File photo dated 12/05/1937 of Queen Elizabeth (the Queen Mother) with her eldest daughter Princess Elizabeth (now Queen Elizabeth II) on the balcony of Buckingham Palace, after the coronation of King George VI as the Queen turns 90 on the April 21st.
File photo dated 10/07/1949 of Princess Elizabeth (now Queen Elizabeth II) opening a holiday centre for young people at Avon Tyrell, Hampshire as the Queen turns 90 on the April 21st.
File photo dated 01/01/1945 of Princess Elizabeth (now Queen Elizabeth II) at the wheel of an Army vehicle when she served during the Second World War in the Auxiliary Territorial Service as the Queen turns 90 on the April 21st.
File photo dated 01/05/1926 of the Queen Mother (then the Duchess of York) with her husband, King George VI (then the Duke of York), and their daughter Princess Elizabeth (now Queen Elizabeth II) at her christening as the Queen turns 90 on the April 21st.
File photo dated 01/01/1942 of Princess Elizabeth (now Queen Elizabeth II) in her Girl Guide uniform as the Queen turns 90 on the April 21st. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Sunday April 3, 2016. See PA story ROYAL Birthday. Photo credit should read: PA Wire
File photo dated 30/03/2004 of Britain's Queen Elizabeth II peers round a corner during a visit to the Royal Albert Hall in London, marking the end of an 8 year restoration program as she turns 90 on the April 21st. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Sunday April 3, 2016. See PA story ROYAL Birthday. Photo credit should read: PA Wire
File photo dated 28/07/90 of Queen Elizabeth II at Ascot for the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes as she turns 90 on the April 21st. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Sunday April 3, 2016. See PA story ROYAL Birthday. Photo credit should read: Adam Butler/PA Wire
File photo dated 21/12/84 of (left to right) the Queen Mother, Queen Elizabeth II, Prince William, Prince Harry and the Prince and Princess of Wales after the christening ceremony of Prince Harry as the Queen turns 90 on the April 21st. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Sunday April 3, 2016. See PA story ROYAL Birthday. Photo credit should read: PA Wire
File photo dated 01/06/1967 of Queen Elizabeth II at the garden party in the grounds of the Royal Hospital, Chelsea, London, to mark the 50th anniversary of women in active service, during the Second World War as she turns 90 on the April 21st. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Sunday April 3, 2016. See PA story ROYAL Birthday. Photo credit should read: PA Wire
File photo dated 02/06/1959 of Queen Elizabeth II and Duke of Edinburgh at Windsor joined by Sugar, one of the Royal corgis as the Queen turns 90 on the April 21st. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Sunday April 3, 2016. See PA story ROYAL Birthday. Photo credit should read: PA Wire
File photo dated 12/03/47 of Princess Elizabeth (now Queen Elizabeth II) riding Jill while Princess Margaret (right) rides Treasure owned by Pat O'Reilly (left) at Bonza Beach, East London, during a break from the royal tour of South Africa, as more than any other interest, horses and ponies have been the Queen's passion throughout her long life. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Sunday April 3, 2016. The monarch's love for the equine world is something she shared with her mother and she has been breeding and racing horses for more than 60 years. See PA story ROYAL Birthday Horse. Photo credit should read: PA Wire
File photo dated 21/04/86 of Queen Elizabeth II leaving St Georges Chapel, Windsor following a thanksgiving service at the chapel to mark her 60th birthday, as the Queen's birthday celebrations over the past 90 years have ranged from a quiet morning ride with her children at Windsor to a grand birthday ball for 500 guests. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Sunday April 3, 2016. Her 40th birthday coincided with the State Opening of Parliament and her 80th was a busy affair including a walkabout, an intimate family dinner followed by fireworks, and a special tribute from the Prince of Wales broadcast to the nation. The monarch celebrates two birthdays each year: her actual one on April 21, as well as her official one on a Saturday in June marked by the Trooping the Colour parade. See PA story ROYAL Birthday Past. Photo credit should read: PA Wire
File photo dated Queen Elizabeth (now the Queen Mother) & Princess Elizabeth (now Queen Elizabeth II)hold on to their hats as they arrive at Westminster Abbey, as towards the end of her life the Queen Mother was seen as the nation's grandmother, a venerable figure who liked following horse racing form and entertaining her friends. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Sunday April 3, 2016. The Queen's cousin, Margaret Rhodes, said the Queen Mother's death in 2002 at the age of 101 had a profound effect on her daughter: "Not only of sadness but in a way that she could come into her own as the head of the family and as the most senior royal lady." See PA story ROYAL Birthday Influences. Photo credit should read: PA Wire
File photo dated 08/06/82 of Queen Elizabeth II riding her horse Centennial in Windsor Home Park, as more than any other interest, horses and ponies have been the Queen's passion throughout her long life. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Sunday April 3, 2016. The monarch's love for the equine world is something she shared with her mother and she has been breeding and racing horses for more than 60 years. See PA story ROYAL Birthday Horse. Photo credit should read: PA Wire
File photo dated 20/11/79 of Queen Elizabeth II (third left) and her family enjoying a stroll with their dogs in the grounds of Balmoral Castle, as Corgis have been the Queen's life-long companions - small dogs described as having big personalities. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Sunday April 03, 2016. The head of state is famed for her love of the breed with many of her dogs descended from her first pet Susan, who was an 18th birthday present from her parents. See PA story ROYAL Birthday Dogs. Photo credit should read: Ron Bell/PA Wire
File photo dated 29/04/26 of the then Duke and Duchess of York with their baby daughter Princess Elizabeth (now Queen Elizabeth II), as the Queen was born in 1926 - the year of the country's first and only General Strike. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Sunday April 3, 2016. Just days after Princess Elizabeth of York arrived into the world, Britain's miners walked out over attempts by pit owners to increase their working hours, but reduce their wages. In a move of solidarity, other industries - ranging from bus, rail, and docks to iron, steel and chemical workers - joined them. See PA story ROYAL Birthday 1926. Photo credit should read: PA Wire
File photo dated 28/11/01 of Queen Elizabeth II (left) in the Queen Vic pub during a visit to Elstree Studios where EastEnders is filmed. She was accompanied by long standing cast member Barbara Windsor (Peggy Mitchell) and her on-screen son Steve McFadden (Phil Mitchell) as the Queen turns 90 on the April 21st. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Sunday April 3, 2016. See PA story ROYAL Birthday. Photo credit should read: Fiona Hanson/PA Wire
File photo dated 20/07/11 of Queen Elizabeth II during a visit to the National Memorial Arboretum, Staffordshire, where she laid a wreath next to the wall of the Armed Forces Memorial as she turns 90 on the April 21st. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Sunday April 3, 2016. See PA story ROYAL Birthday. Photo credit should read: Rui Vieira/PA Wire
File photo dated 16/09/10 of Queen Elizabeth II talking with Pope Benedict XVI during an audience in the Morning Drawing Room at the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh during a four day visit by the Pope to the UK as she turns 90 on the April 21st. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Sunday April 3, 2016. See PA story ROYAL Birthday. Photo credit should read: David Cheskin/PA Wire
File photo dated 23/07/00 of Queen Elizabeth II (left) and the Queen Mother leaving church by horse drawn carriage on the Sandringham Estate, Norfolk as the Queen turns 90 on the April 21st. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Sunday April 3, 2016. See PA story ROYAL Birthday. Photo credit should read: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire
File photo dated 09/04/2005 of the Prince of Wales leaving St Georges Chapel in Windsor after marrying his former mistress Camilla Parker Bowles, making her an HRH and the Duchess of Cornwall. Queen Elizabeth II (behind) attended their religious blessing but was not present at their civil ceremony as the Queen turns 90 on the April 21st. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Sunday April 3, 2016. See PA story ROYAL Birthday. Photo credit should read: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire
File photo dated 10/10/14 of actress Angelina Jolie (right) being presented with the Insignia of an Honorary Dame Commander of the Most Distinguished Order of St Michael and St George by Queen Elizabeth II in the 1844 Room at Buckingham Palace, London as the Queen turns 90 on the April 21st. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Sunday April 3, 2016. See PA story ROYAL Birthday. Photo credit should read: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire
File photo dated 11/10/02 of Queen Elizabeth II enjoying a walk about, after visiting the Old Government House in Fredericton, New Brunswick during her two week Royal visit to Canada as she turns 90 on the April 21st. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Sunday April 3, 2016. See PA story ROYAL Birthday. Photo credit should read: Kirsty Wigglesworth/PA Wire
File photo dated 21/04/1974 of Queen Elizabeth II smiling as she celebrated her 48th birthday at Windsor Castle as she turns 90 on the April 21st.
File photo dated 23/12/1987 of The Queen making her traditional Christmas Day address to the nation and the Commonwealth as she turns 90 on the April 21st.
File photo dated 08/07/1971 of Queen Elizabeth II leaving the King Edward VII Hospital for Officers after visiting Princess Anne. The Princess had an emergency operation for the removal of an ovarian cyst as the Queen turns 90 on the April 21st.
Queen Elizabeth II sitting with her corgis, at Virginia Water to watch competitors, including Prince Philip in the Marathon of the European Driving Championship, part of the Royal Windsor Horse Show PA Wire
File photo dated 10/1/1983 of Queen Elizabeth II inspecting the Guard of Honour at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport as she turns 90 on the April 21st. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Sunday April 3, 2016. See PA story ROYAL Birthday. Photo credit should read: Ron Bell/PA Wire
File photo dated 01/09/72 of Queen Elizabeth II in her study at Balmoral on the year of her silver wedding anniversary as she turns 90 on the April 21st. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Sunday April 3, 2016. See PA story ROYAL Birthday. Photo credit should read: PA Wire
File photo dated 16/07/91 of Queen Elizabeth II gesturing to Ruud Lubbers, Prime Minister of the Netherlands and President of the EC Council of Ministers, to sit on an empty chair after the Duke of Edinburgh was absent, as the leaders of the G7 Summit countries gathered for a pre-dinner photo-call in the Music Room at Buckingham Palace, London as the Queen turns 90 on the April 21st. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Sunday April 3, 2016. See PA story ROYAL Birthday. Photo credit should read: Martin Keene/PA Wire
File photo dated 22/11/1988 of The Duke of Edinburgh helping Queen Elizabeth II to alight from the new £120,000 Australia State Coach, Australia's bicentennial gift, at the Houses of Parliament as they arrive for the State Opening as she turns 90 on the April 21st. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Sunday April 3, 2016. See PA story ROYAL Birthday. Photo credit should read: David Jones/PA Wire
File photo dated 01/06/81 of Queen Elizabeth II walking through the crowds at the Royal Ascot race meeting as she turns 90 on the April 21st. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Sunday April 3, 2016. See PA story ROYAL Birthday. Photo credit should read: PA Wire
Queen Elizabeth II with some of her corgis walking the Cross Country course during the second day of the Windsor Horse Trials. PA Wire
File photo dated 21/11/92 of Queen Elizabeth II surveying the scene at following the fire at Windsor Castle as she turns 90 on the April 21st. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Sunday April 3, 2016. See PA story ROYAL Birthday. Photo credit should read: Sean Dempsey/PA Wire
File photo dated 21/04/1976 of Queen Elizabeth II on her 50th birthday with Prince Philip and their youngest son Prince Edward, 12, in the grounds of Windsor Castle as the Queen turns 90 on the April 21st. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Sunday April 3, 2016. See PA story ROYAL Birthday. Photo credit should read: PA Wire
File photo dated 15/06/85 of Queen Elizabeth II taking the salute of the Household Guards regiments during the Trooping of the Colour ceremony in London as she turns 90 on the April 21st. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Sunday April 3, 2016. See PA story ROYAL Birthday. Photo credit should read: PA Wire
File photo dated 08/11/60 of Queen Elizabeth II holding Prince Andrew during an outing in the grounds at Balmoral, Scotland. He was the first child to be born to a reigning monarch for 103 years as the Queen turns 90 on the April 21st. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Sunday April 3, 2016. See PA story ROYAL Birthday. Photo credit should read: PA Wire
File photo dated 25/12/57 of Queen Elizabeth II, in the Long Library at Sandringham, after making the first televised Christmas day broadcast to the nation. The Queen is holding the copy of 'Pilgrim's Progress', from which she read a few lines during her message as she turns 90 on the April 21st. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Sunday April 3, 2016. See PA story ROYAL Birthday. Photo credit should read: PA Wire
File photo dated 09/08/1951 of Princess Anne in the arms of Princess Elizabeth (now Queen Elizabeth II) with the Duke of Edinburgh, holding Prince Charles, in the grounds of Clarence House, their London residence as the Queen turns 90 on the April 21st. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Sunday April 3, 2016. See PA story ROYAL Birthday. Photo credit should read: PA Wire
File photo dated 15/05/54 of Prince Charles and Princess Anne with their parents, Queen Elizabeth II and Duke of Edinburgh, on the balcony of Buckingham Palace following their return from the Commonwealth tour as the Queen turns 90 on the April 21st. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Sunday April 3, 2016. See PA story ROYAL Birthday. Photo credit should read: PA Wire
File photo dated 30/07/1966 of England captain Bobby Moore holding the Jules Rimet Trophy, collected from the Queen Elizabeth II, after leading his team to a 4-2 victory over West Germany, in an exciting World Cup Final that went to extra time at Wembley, London as the Queen turns 90 on the April 21st.PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Sunday April 3, 2016. See PA story ROYAL Birthday. Photo credit should read: PA Wire
File photo dated 03/11/1964 of Queen Elizabeth II leaving after the State Opening of Parliament as she turns 90 on the April 21st. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Sunday April 3, 2016. See PA story ROYAL Birthday. Photo credit should read: PA Wire
File photo dated 02/06/53 after the coronation in Westminster Abbey, London showing Queen Elizabeth II wearing the St. Edward Crown and carrying the Sceptre and the Rod as she turns 90 on the April 21st. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Sunday April 3, 2016. See PA story ROYAL Birthday. Photo credit should read: PA Wire
File photo dated 23/03/62 of Queen Elizabeth II (left) wearing a leopard-skin coat at a Sandown Park race meeting as she turns 90 on the April 21st. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Sunday April 3, 2016. See PA story ROYAL Birthday. Photo credit should read: PA Wire
File photo dated 01/07/58 of Queen Elizabeth II during her visit to Rothes Colliery, Fifeshire, it was her first visit to a coal mine and she spent about half an hour underground visiting the coal face as the Queen turns 90 on the April 21st. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Sunday April 3, 2016. See PA story ROYAL Birthday. Photo credit should read: PA Wire
File photo dated 07/02/52 of Queen Elizabeth II, in a black mourning outfit, waving as she returns to Clarence House in London the day after she became Queen as she turns 90 on the April 21st. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Sunday April 3, 2016. See PA story ROYAL Birthday. Photo credit should read: PA Wire
File photo dated 02/06/56 of Queen Elizabeth II walking through Windsor Great Park with Prince Charles to watch the Duke of Edinburgh play polo as she turns 90 on the April 21st. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Sunday April 3, 2016. See PA story ROYAL Birthday. Photo credit should read: PA Wire
File photo dated 20/11/1947 of Princess Elizabeth (now Queen Elizabeth II) and Lt Philip Mountbatten at Buckingham Palace after their wedding ceremony as the Queen turns 90 on the April 21st. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Sunday April 3, 2016. See PA story ROYAL Birthday. Photo credit should read: PA Wire
File photo dated 10/11/1946 of Princess Elizabeth (now Queen Elizabeth II) laying a wreath at the Cenotaph on Remembrance Sunday as she turns 90 on the April 21st. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Sunday April 3, 2016. See PA story ROYAL Birthday. Photo credit should read: PA Wire
File photo dated18/04/1944 of Princess Elizabeth (now Queen Elizabeth II) visiting the National Sea Scouts Exhibition at the London Scottish Headquarters in Buckingham Gate as the Queen turns 90 on the April 21st. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Sunday April 3, 2016. See PA story ROYAL Birthday. Photo credit should read: PA Wire
File photo dated 01/04/1939 of Princesses Elizabeth (now Queen Elizabeth II) and Margaret launching a model seaplane at the Bekonscot model village in Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire as the Queen turns 90 on the April 21st. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Sunday April 3, 2016. See PA story ROYAL Birthday. Photo credit should read: PA Wire
File photo dated 27/06/1927 of the Duke and Duchess of York with King George V and Queen Mary and Princess Elizabeth (now Queen Elizabeth II) on the balcony of Buckingham Palace as the Queen turns 90 on the April 21st. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Sunday April 3, 2016. See PA story ROYAL Birthday. Photo credit should read: PA Wire
File photo dated 21/10/1950 of Princess Elizabeth (now Queen Elizabeth II) with her baby daughter, Princess Anne, after the christening at Buckingham Palace, London as the Queen turns 90 on the April 21st. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Sunday April 3, 2016. See PA story ROYAL Birthday. Photo credit should read: PA Wire
File photo dated 24/10/1931 of Princess Elizabeth (now Queen Elizabeth II) arriving at the 16th Century Church at Balcombe, Sussex, for the wedding of Lady May Cambridge and Captain Henry Abel Smith as the Queen turns 90 on the April 21st. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Sunday April 3, 2016. See PA story ROYAL Birthday. Photo credit should read: PA Wire
File photo dated 01/01/1938 of King George VI, his wife Queen Elizabeth and their two daughters, Princess Elizabeth (now Queen Elizabeth II, right) and Princess Margaret as the Queen turns 90 on the April 21st. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Sunday April 3, 2016. See PA story ROYAL Birthday. Photo credit should read: PA Wire
File photo dated 01/05/1936 of Princess Elizabeth (now Queen Elizabeth II, left) and Margaret with the Duke and Duchess of York at the Royal Tournament at Olympia in London as the Queen turns 90 on the April 21st. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Sunday April 3, 2016. See PA story ROYAL Birthday. Photo credit should read: PA Wire
BEST QUALITY AVAILABLE File photo dated 01/01/1943 of Princess Elizabeth (now Queen Elizabeth II, centre back) and King George VI, as the Queen turns 90 on the April 21st. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Sunday April 3, 2016. See PA story ROYAL Birthday. Photo credit should read: PA Wire
File photo dated 29/05/1930 of Princess Elizabeth (now Queen Elizabeth II) arriving at Olympia for the Royal Tournament as the Queen turns 90 on the April 21st. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Sunday April 3, 2016. See PA story ROYAL Birthday. Photo credit should read: PA Wire
File photo dated 27/05/1932 of Princess Elizabeth (now Queen Elizabeth II)walking bareheaded through the rain on her arrival home as the Queen turns 90 on the April 21st. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Sunday April 3, 2016. See PA story ROYAL Birthday. Photo credit should read: PA Wire
File photo dated 01/01/1941 of Princess Elizabeth (now Queen Elizabeth II) in the garden of her wartime country residence (Windsor) as the Queen turns 90 on the April 21st. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Sunday April 3, 2016. See PA story ROYAL Birthday. Photo credit should read: PA Wire
File photo dated 08/06/82 of the then US President Ronald Reagan and Queen Elizabeth II riding in Windsor Home Park, as more than any other interest, horses and ponies have been the Queen's passion throughout her long life. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Sunday April 3, 2016. The monarch's love for the equine world is something she shared with her mother and she has been breeding and racing horses for more than 60 years. See PA story ROYAL Birthday Horse. Photo credit should read: PA Wire
File photo dated 19/04/47 of Princess Elizabeth (now Queen Elizabeth II) during the Royal visit to the Natal National Park in South Africa, Shortly before her 21st birthday, as the Queen's birthday celebrations over the past 90 years have ranged from a quiet morning ride with her children at Windsor to a grand birthday ball for 500 guests. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Sunday April 3, 2016. Her 40th birthday coincided with the State Opening of Parliament and her 80th was a busy affair including a walkabout, an intimate family dinner followed by fireworks, and a special tribute from the Prince of Wales broadcast to the nation. The monarch celebrates two birthdays each year: her actual one on April 21, as well as her official one on a Saturday in June marked by the Trooping the Colour parade. See PA story ROYAL Birthday Past. Photo credit should read: PA Wire
File photo dated 16/06/12 of Queen Elizabeth II (fourth from left) and members of the British royal family (from left to right) the Duchess of Cornwall, the Prince of Wales, the Earl of Wessex, the Princess Royal, the Duke of Edinburgh, the Duchess of Cambridge, the Duke of Cambridge on the balcony of Buckingham Palace during the annual Trooping the Colour parade, in central London. The Queen may be the head of state, but she is also a mother of four, grandmother to eight grandchildren and great-grandmother to five. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Sunday April 3, 2016. While she is familiar around the world to millions as a sovereign, it is the Windsors who know the real Elizabeth II, sharing precious family time behind closed doors. See PA story ROYAL Birthday Family. Photo credit should read: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire
File photo dated 22/04/68 of (left to right) The Duke of Edinburgh, Princess Anne, Prince Edward, Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Andrew and Prince Charles in the grounds of Frogmore House, Windsor, as the Queen may be the head of state, but she is also a mother of four, grandmother to eight grandchildren and great-grandmother to five. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Sunday April 3, 2016. While she is familiar around the world to millions as a sovereign, it is the Windsors who know the real Elizabeth II, sharing precious family time behind closed doors. See PA story ROYAL Birthday Family. Photo credit should read: PA Wire
File photo dated 05/07/15 of the Duchess of Cambridge and Queen Elizabeth II with Princess Charlotte during her christening, as the Queen may be the head of state, but she is also a mother of four, grandmother to eight grandchildren and great-grandmother to five. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Sunday April 3, 2016. While she is familiar around the world to millions as a sovereign, it is the Windsors who know the real Elizabeth II, sharing precious family time behind closed doors. See PA story ROYAL Birthday Family. Photo credit should read: Matt Dunham/PA Wire
Princess Elizabeth (now Queen Elizabeth II) holding a Corgi, as the breed have been the Queen's life-long companions - small dogs described as having big personalities. PA Wire
File photo dated 23/11/47 of Princess Elizabeth (now Queen Elizabeth II) and The Duke of Edinburgh during their first public appearance since their wedding, as more than any other person, the Duke of Edinburgh has had a profound effect on the Queen. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Sunday April 3, 2016. He has been a constant reassuring presence by her side at official events from the State Opening of Parliament to official trips abroad for more than 60 years. See PA story ROYAL Birthday Influences. Photo credit should read: PA Wire
File photo dated 01/04/44 of Queen Elizabeth (now the Queen Mother) and King George VI with their daughter Princess Elizabeth (now Queen Elizabeth II) shortly before her 18th birthday, as the Queen's birthday celebrations over the past 90 years have ranged from a quiet morning ride with her children at Windsor to a grand birthday ball for 500 guests. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Sunday April 3, 2016. Her 40th birthday coincided with the State Opening of Parliament and her 80th was a busy affair including a walkabout, an intimate family dinner followed by fireworks, and a special tribute from the Prince of Wales broadcast to the nation. The monarch celebrates two birthdays each year: her actual one on April 21, as well as her official one on a Saturday in June marked by the Trooping the Colour parade. See PA story ROYAL Birthday Past. Photo credit should read: PA Wire
File photo dated 01/01/1897 of Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee photographic portrait, as Elizabeth II will be the first British monarch to reach their 90th birthday. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Sunday April 3, 2016. She is the country's oldest ever sovereign - although is not thought to be keen on being reminded of this - and also the oldest monarch in the world. The Queen is some way ahead of her great-great-grandmother Victoria and her ancestor George III in the age stakes - they were both 81 when they died. See PA story ROYAL Birthday Queen. Photo credit should read: PA Wire

Having an armed guards watching over you at all hours almost backfired for the Queen when she decided to take a late-night walk around the palace grounds and came close to being shot.

From time to time her majesty is said to struggle to sleep. During a spell of insomnia, the 90-year-old will occasionally put on her coat and go for a short stroll, an ex-guardsman told The Times.

Late one night, he said he was patrolling inside the perimeter of the Palace walls when he spotted a figure in the darkness.

Thinking that he had caught a potentially dangerous intruder, sneaking into the Royal residence at 3am, he shouted: “Who’s that?”

But to his surprise, it was actually the Queen.

“Bloody hell, Your Majesty, I nearly shot you,” he is reported to have said, on impulse.

Perhaps realising this wasn't the tone to be used when addressing the Queen, he told The Times he expected a telling off. But the Queen reportedly took responsibility for putting him in such an awkward position.

“That’s quite all right,” she replied. “Next time I’ll ring through beforehand so you don’t have to shoot me.”

It is believed the encounter happened at the Queen’s normal weekday residence, Buckingham Palace.

In 2013, Prince Andrew was also mistaken for an intruder and confronted by armed police as he walked in the vast gardens.

Queen Elizabeth II waves to the crowd as she arrives at Edinburgh's Waverley Station, on the day she becomes Britain's longest reigning monarch, before boarding a steam train to inaugurate the new £294 million Scottish Borders Railway. Picture date: Wednesday September 9, 2015. Photo: Danny Lawson/PA
Queen Elizabeth II waves to the crowd as she arrives at Edinburgh's Waverley Station, on the day she becomes Britain's longest reigning monarch, before boarding a steam train to inaugurate the new £294 million Scottish Borders Railway. Picture date: Wednesday September 9, 2015. Photo: Danny Lawson/PA
First Minister Peter Robinson and Finance Minister Arlene Foster pictured at an event in Parliament Buildings, Stormont on Wednesday evening to mark the record service. Photo: Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
A lady waits at Tweedbank, ahead of the arrival of Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh, on the day she becomes Britain's longest reigning monarch, as the Royal couple travel by steam locomotive from Edinburgh's Waverley station to inaugurate the new ?294 million Scottish Borders Railway. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday September 9, 2015. See PA story ROYAL Reign. Photo credit should read: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire
Queen Elizabeth II, on the day she becomes Britain's longest reigning monarch, waves from a carriage window at Edinburgh's Waverley Station, after boarding a steam train to inaugurate the new ?294 million Scottish Borders Railway. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday September 9, 2015. See PA story ROYAL Reign. Photo credit should read: Danny Lawson/PA Wire
The BT Tower in London scrolling the message "Long May She Reign" to celebrate Queen Elizabeth II becoming the longest reigning British monarch. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday September 9, 2015. See PA story ROYAL Reign. Photo credit should read: Lauren Hurley/PA Wire
The royal barge Gloriana in front of the Houses of Parliament, London, during a Royal River Salute to celebrate Queen Elizabeth II becoming the longest reigning British monarch. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday September 9, 2015. See PA story ROYAL Reign. Photo credit should read: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire
Crowds watch as a Royal River Salute sails under the Millennium Bridge in London to celebrate Queen Elizabeth II becoming the longest reigning British monarch. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday September 9, 2015. See PA story ROYAL Reign. Photo credit should read: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire
A Royal River Salute in front of the skyline of London, as the procession navigates the river Thames to celebrate Queen Elizabeth II becoming the longest reigning British monarch. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday September 9, 2015. See PA story ROYAL Reign. Photo credit should read: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire
Queen Elizabeth II smiles as she arrives at Tweedbank, on the day she becomes Britain's longest reigning monarch, as she and her husband, the Duke of Edinburgh, travel by steam train to inaugurate the new ?294 million Scottish Borders Railway. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday September 9, 2015. See PA story ROYAL Reign. Photo credit should read: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire
Crowds gather to see Queen Elizabeth II at Newtongrange railway station, on the day she becomes Britain's longest reigning monarch, as she and her husband, the Duke of Edinburgh, travel by steam train to inaugurate the new ?294 million Scottish Borders Railway. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday September 9, 2015. See PA story ROYAL Reign. Photo credit should read: Ian Rutherford/PA Wire
Gregor Bunyan, 18 months, waits to see Queen Elizabeth II at Newtongrange railway station, on the day she becomes Britain's longest reigning monarch, as she and her husband, the Duke of Edinburgh, travel by steam train to inaugurate the new ?294 million Scottish Borders Railway. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday September 9, 2015. See PA story ROYAL Reign. Photo credit should read: Ian Rutherford/PA Wire
People watch from a house window as Queen Elizabeth II arrives at Newtongrange railway station, on the day she becomes Britain's longest reigning monarch, as she and her husband, the Duke of Edinburgh, travel by steam train to inaugurate the new ?294 million Scottish Borders Railway. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday September 9, 2015. See PA story ROYAL Reign. Photo credit should read: Ian Rutherford/PA Wire
A royal fan waves a Union flag outside Buckingham Palace in central London on September 9, 2015 on the day Britain's Queen Elizabeth II becomes Britain's longest reigning monarch. Britain celebrated Queen Elizabeth II becoming the country's longest-reigning monarch on Wednesday, a milestone the 89-year-old herself downplayed as "not one to which I have ever aspired." Elizabeth overtook Victoria at 1630 GMT, the best estimate from royal officials for the time at which the monarch, who has become synonymous with Britain itself, reaches the historic moment. She has served more than 23,226 days on the throne -- a reign spanning from the gloom of the post-war years to the digital age, with a few royal scandals causing blushes along the way. AFP PHOTO / JUSTIN TALLISJUSTIN TALLIS/AFP/Getty Images
Crowds gather to watch town crier Tony Appleton proclaims the record breaking reign of Britain's Queen Elizabeth II outside Buckingham Palace in central London at 1630 GMT on September 9, 2015 on the day the Queen becomes Britain's longest reigning monarch. Britain celebrated Queen Elizabeth II becoming the country's longest-reigning monarch on Wednesday, a milestone the 89-year-old herself downplayed as "not one to which I have ever aspired." Elizabeth overtook Victoria at 1630 GMT, the best estimate from royal officials for the time at which the monarch, who has become synonymous with Britain itself, reaches the historic moment. She has served more than 23,226 days on the throne -- a reign spanning from the gloom of the post-war years to the digital age, with a few royal scandals causing blushes along the way. AFP PHOTO / JUSTIN TALLISJUSTIN TALLIS/AFP/Getty Images
Crowds gather to watch town crier Tony Appleton proclaims the record breaking reign of Britain's Queen Elizabeth II outside Buckingham Palace in central London at 1630 GMT on September 9, 2015 on the day the Queen becomes Britain's longest reigning monarch. Britain celebrated Queen Elizabeth II becoming the country's longest-reigning monarch on Wednesday, a milestone the 89-year-old herself downplayed as "not one to which I have ever aspired." Elizabeth overtook Victoria at 1630 GMT, the best estimate from royal officials for the time at which the monarch, who has become synonymous with Britain itself, reaches the historic moment. She has served more than 23,226 days on the throne -- a reign spanning from the gloom of the post-war years to the digital age, with a few royal scandals causing blushes along the way. AFP PHOTO / JUSTIN TALLISJUSTIN TALLIS/AFP/Getty Images
David Hinde, the Bridlington Town Crier, prepares to deliver a congratulatory proclamation to mark the day upon which Queen Elizabeth II becomes Britain's longest reigning Monarch in Bridlington, northern England on September 9, 2015. Britain celebrated Queen Elizabeth II becoming the country's longest-reigning monarch on Wednesday, a milestone the 89-year-old herself downplayed as like many in the life of an elderly person. It is not known where exactly she will be at 1630 GMT, the best estimate from royal officials for the time at which the monarch, who has become synonymous with Britain itself, reaches the historic moment. At that time, she will have served 23,226 days, 16 hours and roughly 30 minutes on the throne -- a reign spanning from the gloom of the post-war years to the digital age, with a few royal scandals causing blushes along the way. Hinde, who in 2013 became the loudest recorded town crier in the world, as measured by Cirrus Research, delivered his proclamation on behalf of the Bridlington Mayor, the Town Council and the people of Bridlington. AFP PHOTO / OLI SCARFFOLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images
David Hinde, the Bridlington Town Crier, delivers a congratulatory proclamation to mark the day upon which Queen Elizabeth II becomes Britain's longest reigning Monarch in Bridlington, northern England on September 9, 2015. Britain celebrated Queen Elizabeth II becoming the country's longest-reigning monarch on Wednesday, a milestone the 89-year-old herself downplayed as like many in the life of an elderly person. It is not known where exactly she will be at 1630 GMT, the best estimate from royal officials for the time at which the monarch, who has become synonymous with Britain itself, reaches the historic moment. At that time, she will have served 23,226 days, 16 hours and roughly 30 minutes on the throne -- a reign spanning from the gloom of the post-war years to the digital age, with a few royal scandals causing blushes along the way. Hinde, who in 2013 became the loudest recorded town crier in the world, as measured by Cirrus Research, delivered his proclamation on behalf of the Bridlington Mayor, the Town Council and the people of Bridlington. AFP PHOTO / OLI SCARFFOLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images
David Hinde, the Bridlington Town Crier, delivers a congratulatory proclamation to mark the day upon which Queen Elizabeth II becomes Britain's longest reigning Monarch in Bridlington, northern England on September 9, 2015. Britain celebrated Queen Elizabeth II becoming the country's longest-reigning monarch on Wednesday, a milestone the 89-year-old herself downplayed as like many in the life of an elderly person. It is not known where exactly she will be at 1630 GMT, the best estimate from royal officials for the time at which the monarch, who has become synonymous with Britain itself, reaches the historic moment. At that time, she will have served 23,226 days, 16 hours and roughly 30 minutes on the throne -- a reign spanning from the gloom of the post-war years to the digital age, with a few royal scandals causing blushes along the way. Hinde, who in 2013 became the loudest recorded town crier in the world, as measured by Cirrus Research, delivered his proclamation on behalf of the Bridlington Mayor, the Town Council and the people of Bridlington. AFP PHOTO / OLI SCARFFOLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images
A band of pipers rehearse for a ceremony to be attended by Britain's Queen Elizabeth II at Tweedbank Station in Tweedbank on the Scottish Borders on September 9, 2015 to officially open the Borders Railway on the day that The Queen becomes Britain's longest-serving monarch. Britain celebrated Queen Elizabeth II becoming the country's longest-serving monarch with a flotilla down the River Thames, a gun salute and the peal of Westminster Abbey's bells. AFP PHOTO / LEON NEALLEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images
Ceremonial archers rehearse for a ceremony to be attended by Britain's Queen Elizabeth II at Tweedbank Station in Tweedbank on the Scottish Borders on September 9, 2015 to officially open the Borders Railway on the day that The Queen becomes Britain's longest-serving monarch. Britain celebrated Queen Elizabeth II becoming the country's longest-serving monarch with a flotilla down the River Thames, a gun salute and the peal of Westminster Abbey's bells. AFP PHOTO / LEON NEALLEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images
Britain's Queen Elizabeth II talks with guests as she attends a ceremony at Tweedbank Station in Tweedbank on the Scottish Borders on September 9, 2015 to officially open the Borders Railway on the day that The Queen becomes Britain's longest-serving monarch. Britain celebrated Queen Elizabeth II becoming the country's longest-serving monarch with a flotilla down the River Thames, a gun salute and the peal of Westminster Abbey's bells. AFP PHOTO / LEON NEALLEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images
Britain's Queen Elizabeth II attends a ceremony at Tweedbank Station in Tweedbank on the Scottish Borders on September 9, 2015 to officially open the Borders Railway on the day that The Queen becomes Britain's longest-serving monarch. Britain celebrated Queen Elizabeth II becoming the country's longest-serving monarch with a flotilla down the River Thames, a gun salute and the peal of Westminster Abbey's bells. AFP PHOTO / LEON NEALLEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images
Britain's Queen Elizabeth II waves as she attends a ceremony at Tweedbank Station in Tweedbank on the Scottish Borders on September 9, 2015 to officially open the Borders Railway on the day The Queen becomes Britain's longest-serving monarch. Britain celebrated Queen Elizabeth II becoming the country's longest-serving monarch with a flotilla down the River Thames, a gun salute and the peal of Westminster Abbey's bells. AFP PHOTO / LEON NEALLEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images
Britain's Queen Elizabeth II gives an address at Tweedbank Station in Tweedbank on the Scottish Borders on September 9, 2015 during a ceremony to officially open the Borders Railway on the day The Queen becomes Britain's longest-serving monarch. Britain celebrated Queen Elizabeth II becoming the country's longest-serving monarch with a flotilla down the River Thames, a gun salute and the peal of Westminster Abbey's bells. AFP PHOTO / LEON NEALLEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images
Britain's Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh attends a ceremony with Queen Elizabeth II at Tweedbank Station in Tweedbank on the Scottish Borders on September 9, 2015 to officially open the Borders Railway on the day that The Queen becomes Britain's longest-serving monarch. Britain celebrated Queen Elizabeth II becoming the country's longest-serving monarch with a flotilla down the River Thames, a gun salute and the peal of Westminster Abbey's bells. AFP PHOTO / LEON NEALLEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images
Britain's Queen Elizabeth II attends a ceremony at Tweedbank Station in Tweedbank on the Scottish Borders on September 9, 2015 to officially open the Borders Railway on the day that The Queen becomes Britain's longest-serving monarch. Britain celebrated Queen Elizabeth II becoming the country's longest-serving monarch with a flotilla down the River Thames, a gun salute and the peal of Westminster Abbey's bells. AFP PHOTO / LEON NEALLEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images
Britain's Queen Elizabeth II (C) attends a ceremony at Tweedbank Station in Tweedbank on the Scottish Borders on September 9, 2015 to officially open the Borders Railway on the day that The Queen becomes Britain's longest-serving monarch. Britain celebrated Queen Elizabeth II becoming the country's longest-serving monarch with a flotilla down the River Thames, a gun salute and the peal of Westminster Abbey's bells. AFP PHOTO / LEON NEALLEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images
Britain's Queen Elizabeth II (L) attends a ceremony at Tweedbank Station in Tweedbank on the Scottish Borders on September 9, 2015 to officially open the Borders Railway on the day that The Queen becomes Britain's longest-serving monarch. Britain celebrated Queen Elizabeth II becoming the country's longest-serving monarch with a flotilla down the River Thames, a gun salute and the peal of Westminster Abbey's bells. AFP PHOTO / LEON NEALLEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images
A well-wisher wearing Union Flags on her head waits to greet Britain's Queen Elizabeth II at Tweedbank Station in Tweedbank on the Scottish Borders on September 9, 2015 where The Queen will officially open the Borders Railway on the day that she becomes Britain's longest-serving monarch. Britain celebrated Queen Elizabeth II becoming the country's longest-serving monarch with a flotilla down the River Thames, a gun salute and the peal of Westminster Abbey's bells. AFP PHOTO / LEON NEALLEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images
The Royal Barge Gloriana leads a procession along the River Thames in front of Tower Bridge in London, on September 9, 2015 to pay tribute to Britain's Queen Elizabeth II becoming Britain's longest-reigning monarch. Britain celebrated Queen Elizabeth II becoming the country's longest-serving monarch with a flotilla down the River Thames, a gun salute and the peal of Westminster Abbey's bells. AFP PHOTO / BEN STANSALLBEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images
A handout image obtained in London from Britain's Royal Mail on September 9, 2015, shows one of five stamps which the company are issuing to commemorate the historic landmark of Queen Elizabeth II becoming the longest reigning British monarch. The stamp (The Classic Machin definitive), which features the iconic profile of Queen Elizabeth II by sculptor Arnold Machin, has been in use on definitive stamps since 1967, and the purple version now replaces the red version for the period of one year. Westminster Abbey's bells will peal, a flotilla will sail down the River Thames and a gun salute will ring out on Wednesday as Queen Elizabeth II becomes the longest-serving monarch in British history. AFP PHOTO/ROYAL MAIL/HANDOUT RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT " AFP PHOTO / ROYAL MAIL" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS -/AFP/Getty Images
EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION UNTIL 2301 GMT ON SEPTEMBER 8, 2015 A handout photo taken in July 2015 by Mary McCartney and released by Buckingham Palace on September 8, 2015, shows Britain's Queen Elizabeth as she poses for a photograph at her desk in her private audience room in Buckingham Palace, with one of her official red boxes in which she receives on an almost daily basis official correspondence from government ministers, her representatives across the Commonwealth, and dignitaries further afield. Queen Elizabeth II is planning to keep things low-key on September 9, 2015, when she will overtake Queen Victoria as Britain's longest-serving monarch, despite public interest in the historic date. According to calculations by royal officials, at around 1630 GMT Elizabeth will beat her great-great grandmother Victoria's time on the throne: a total of 63 years, seven months and two days which she served between 1837 and 1901. AFP PHOTO / MARY MCCARTNEY / HER MAJESTY QUEEN ELIZABETH II RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE -- MANDATORY CREDIT " AFP PHOTO / MARY MCCARTNEY / HER MAJESTY QUEEN ELIZABETH II " -- NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS -- DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS - EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION UNTIL 2301 GMT ON SEPTEMBER 8, 2015 -- IMAGE FREE OF CHARGE FOR USE FROM ONE CALENDAR MONTH FROM OCTOBER 9, 2015. FURTHER USE, ON OR AFTER OCTOBER 7, 2015 MUST BE APPROVED IN ADVANCE FROM THE ROYAL COMMUNICATIONS AT BUCKINGHAM PALACE +44 20 7930 4832HO/AFP/Getty Images
A Royal River Salute of boats passes the Houses of Parliament, to mark Britain's Queen Elizabeth II becoming the longest reigning monarch in British history, in London, Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2015. The Queen has on Wednesday become the longest ever reigning monarch in British history surpassing Queen Victoria who served for 63 years and seven months. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
TWEEDBANK, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 9: Queen Elizabeth II travels on a steam train to inaugurate the new ?294 million Scottish Borders Railway, on the day the Queen becomes Britain's longest reigning monarch, on September 9, 2015 in Tweedbank, England. (Photo by Andrew Milligan - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
TWEEDBANK, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 9: Queen Elizabeth II travels on a steam train to inaugurate the new ?294 million Scottish Borders Railway, on the day the Queen becomes Britain's longest reigning monarch, on September 9, 2015 in Tweedbank, England. (Photo by Andrew Milligan - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 09: Plates commemorating Queen Elizabeth II becoming the longest serving monarch on September 9, 2015 in London, England. Today, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II becomes the longest reigning monarch in British history overtaking her great-great grandmother Queen Victoria's record by one day. The Queen has reigned for a total of 63 years and 217 days. (Photo by Ben Pruchnie/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 09: Police bkes drive past Buckingham Palace on September 9, 2015 in London, England. Today, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II becomes the longest reigning monarch in British history overtaking her great-great grandmother Queen Victoria's record by one day. The Queen has reigned for a total of 63 years and 217 days. (Photo by Ben Pruchnie/Getty Images)
TWEEDBANK, SCOTLAND - SEPTEMBER 09: Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh look on at the opening of the Borders Railway at Tweedbank Station on September 9, 2015 in Tweedbank, Scotland. Today, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II becomes the longest reigning monarch in British history overtaking her great-great grandmother Queen Victoria's record by one day. The Queen has reigned for a total of 63 years and 217 days. Accompanied by her husband, the Duke of Edinburgh and Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, she will officially open the new Scottish Border's Railway which runs from the capital to Tweedbank. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
TWEEDBANK, SCOTLAND - SEPTEMBER 09: Scottish flags and Union Jacks are waved at the opening of the Borders Railway at Tweedbank Station on September 9, 2015 in Tweedbank, Scotland. Today, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II becomes the longest reigning monarch in British history overtaking her great-great grandmother Queen Victoria's record by one day. The Queen has reigned for a total of 63 years and 217 days. Accompanied by her husband, the Duke of Edinburgh and Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, she will officially open the new Scottish Border's Railway which runs from the capital to Tweedbank. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
TWEEDBANK, SCOTLAND - SEPTEMBER 09: Queen Elizabeth II and First Minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon at the opening of the Borders Railway at Tweedbank Station on September 9, 2015 in Tweedbank, Scotland. Today, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II becomes the longest reigning monarch in British history overtaking her great-great grandmother Queen Victoria's record by one day. The Queen has reigned for a total of 63 years and 217 days. Accompanied by her husband, the Duke of Edinburgh and Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, she will officially open the new Scottish Border's Railway which runs from the capital to Tweedbank. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
TWEEDBANK, SCOTLAND - SEPTEMBER 09: First Minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon attends the opening of the Borders Railway at Tweedbank Station on September 9, 2015 in Tweedbank, Scotland. Today, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II becomes the longest reigning monarch in British history overtaking her great-great grandmother Queen Victoria's record by one day. The Queen has reigned for a total of 63 years and 217 days. Accompanied by her husband, the Duke of Edinburgh and Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, she will officially open the new Scottish Border's Railway which runs from the capital to Tweedbank. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
TWEEDBANK, SCOTLAND - SEPTEMBER 09: Queen Elizabeth II smiles as she arrives at Tweedbank Station on September 9, 2015 in Tweedbank, Scotland. Today, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II becomes the longest reigning monarch in British history overtaking her great-great grandmother Queen Victoria's record by one day. The Queen has reigned for a total of 63 years and 217 days. Accompanied by her husband, the Duke of Edinburgh and Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, she will officially open the new Scottish Border's Railway which runs from the capital to Tweedbank. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
TWEEDBANK, SCOTLAND - SEPTEMBER 09: Queen Elizabeth II walks past ceremonial archers as she arrives at Tweedbank Station on September 9, 2015 in Tweedbank, Scotland. Today, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II becomes the longest reigning monarch in British history overtaking her great-great grandmother Queen Victoria's record by one day. The Queen has reigned for a total of 63 years and 217 days. Accompanied by her husband, the Duke of Edinburgh and Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, she will officially open the new Scottish Border's Railway which runs from the capital to Tweedbank. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
TWEEDBANK, SCOTLAND - SEPTEMBER 09: Queen Elizabeth II smiles as she arrives at Tweedbank Station on September 9, 2015 in Tweedbank, Scotland. Today, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II becomes the longest reigning monarch in British history overtaking her great-great grandmother Queen Victoria's record by one day. The Queen has reigned for a total of 63 years and 217 days. Accompanied by her husband, the Duke of Edinburgh and Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, she will officially open the new Scottish Border's Railway which runs from the capital to Tweedbank. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
MADRID, SPAIN - SEPTEMBER 09: King Felipe VI of Spain and Queen Letizia of Spain (C) visit the Constitutional Court in occasion of his 35th anniversary on September 9, 2015 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Carlos Alvarez/Getty Images)
NEWTONGRANGE, SCOTLAND - SEPTEMBER 09: Queen Elizabeth II opens Newtongrange Station after arriving on the steam locomotive the Union of South Africa on September 9, 2015 in Newtongrange , Scotland.Today, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II becomes the longest reigning monarch in British history overtaking her great-great grandmother Queen Victorias record by one day. The Queen has reigned for a total of 63 years and 217 days. Accompanied by her husband The Duke of Edinburgh, she has today opened the new Scottish Borders Railway. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 09: The Royal Barge Gloriana leads a procession along the River Thames near Tower Bridge and HMS Belfast to pay tribute to Queen Elizabeth II becoming Britain's longest reigning monarch on September 9, 2015 in London, England. The Queen will have served for 63 years and seven months - 23,226 days - by around 5.30pm today surpassing her great-grandmother Queen Victoria to become Britain's longest ever reigning monarch. (Photo by Carl Court/Getty Images)
NEWTONGRANGE, SCOTLAND - SEPTEMBER 09: Queen Elizabeth II and Duke of Edinburgh open Newtongrange Station following arriving on the steam locomotive the Union of South Africa on September 9, 2015 in Newtongrange , Scotland.Today, Queen Elizabeth II becomes the longest reigning monarch in British history overtaking her great-great grandmother Queen Victorias record by one day. The Queen has reigned for a total of 63 years and 217 days. Accompanied by her husband The Duke of Edinburgh, she has today opened the new Scottish Borders Railway. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
NETWONGRANGE, SCOTLAND - SEPTEMBER 09: Members of the public gather as Queen Elizabeth II and Duke of Edinburgh open Newtongrange Station following arriving on the steam locomotive the Union of South Africa on September 9, 2015 in Newtongrange , Scotland.Today, Queen Elizabeth II becomes the longest reigning monarch in British history overtaking her great-great grandmother Queen Victorias record by one day. Queen Elizabeth II has reigned for a total of 63 years and 217 days. Accompanied by her husband The Duke of Edinburgh, she has today opened the new Scottish Borders Railway. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
NETWONGRANGE, SCOTLAND - SEPTEMBER 09: Members of the public gather as Queen Elizabeth II and Duke of Edinburgh open Newtongrange Station following arriving on the steam locomotive the Union of South Africa on September 9, 2015 in Newtongrange , Scotland.Today, Queen Elizabeth II becomes the longest reigning monarch in British history overtaking her great-great grandmother Queen Victorias record by one day. Queen Elizabeth II has reigned for a total of 63 years and 217 days. Accompanied by her husband The Duke of Edinburgh, she has today opened the new Scottish Borders Railway. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
NEWTONGRANGE, SCOTLAND - SEPTEMBER 09: Queen Elizabeth II arrives to greets well-wishers before she unveils a commemorative plaque at Newtongrange railway station on board the steam locomotive 'Union of South Africa' on the day she becomes Britain's longest reigning monarch on September 09, 2015 in Newtongrange, Scotland. Today, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II becomes the longest reigning monarch in British history overtaking her great-great grandmother Queen Victoria's record by one day. The Queen has reigned for a total of 63 years and 217 days. Accompanied by her husband and Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon she will officially open the new Scottish Border's Railway which runs from the capital to Tweedbank. (Photo by Andrew Milligan - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - SEPTEMBER 09: Scotraill staff wait to catch a glimpse of Queen Elizabeth II at Waverley Station before boarding the steam locomotive 'Union of South Africa' on September 9, 2015 in Edinburgh, Scotland. Today, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II becomes the longest reigning monarch in British history overtaking her great-great grandmother Queen Victoria's record by one day. The Queen has reigned for a total of 63 years and 217 days. Accompanied by her husband The Duke of Edinburgh, she has today opened the new Scottish Border's Railway. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)
EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - SEPTEMBER 09: A drummer in the pipe band plays as crowds wait to catcha glimpse of Queen Elizabeth II at Waverley Station before boarding the steam locomotive 'Union of South Africa' on September 9, 2015 in Edinburgh, Scotland. Today, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II becomes the longest reigning monarch in British history overtaking her great-great grandmother Queen Victoria's record by one day. The Queen has reigned for a total of 63 years and 217 days. Accompanied by her husband The Duke of Edinburgh, she has today opened the new Scottish Border's Railway. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)
NEWTONGRANGE, SCOTLAND - SEPTEMBER 09: Queen Elizabeth II arrives to greets well-wishers before she unveils a commemorative plaque at Newtongrange railway station on board the steam locomotive 'Union of South Africa' on the day she becomes Britain's longest reigning monarch on September 09, 2015 in Newtongrange, Scotland. Today, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II becomes the longest reigning monarch in British history overtaking her great-great grandmother Queen Victoria's record by one day. The Queen has reigned for a total of 63 years and 217 days. Accompanied by her husband and Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon she will officially open the new Scottish Border's Railway which runs from the capital to Tweedbank. (Photo by Andrew Milligan - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 09: The Royal Barge Gloriana leads a procession along the River Thames near Tower Bridge and HMS Belfast to pay tribute to Queen Elizabeth II becoming Britain's longest reigning monarch on September 9, 2015 in London, England. The Queen will have served for 63 years and seven months - 23,226 days - by around 5.30pm today surpassing her great-grandmother Queen Victoria to become Britain's longest ever reigning monarch. (Photo by Carl Court/Getty Images)
EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - SEPTEMBER 09: First Minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon, Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh on board the steam locomotive 'Union of South Africa' on the day she becomes Britain's longest reigning monarch on September 09, 2015 in Edinburgh, Scotland. Today, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II becomes the longest reigning monarch in British history overtaking her great-great grandmother Queen Victoria's record by one day. The Queen has reigned for a total of 63 years and 217 days. Accompanied by her husband and Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon she will officially open the new Scottish Border's Railway which runs from the capital to Tweedbank. (Photo by Andrew Milligan - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - SEPTEMBER 09: Emily Smith is seen at Waverley Station ahead of the arrival of Queen Elizabeth II on September 09, 2015 in Edinburgh, Scotland. Today, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II becomes the longest reigning monarch in British history overtaking her great-great grandmother Queen Victoria's record by one day. The Queen has reigned for a total of 63 years and 217 days. Accompanied by her husband and Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon she will officially open the new Scottish Border's Railway which runs from the capital to Tweedbank. (Photo by Andrew Milligan - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

Police said no weapons were drawn but issued an apology to the prince, despite the palace having been subject to several real security breaches in recent years.

In August, a 22-year-old man was arrested just after 4am after climbing over a security fence. He was spotted by officers monitoring CCTV.

In May, Denis Hennessy, 41, climbed over barbed wire and roamed the palace grounds for  about 10 minutes while The Queen, Prince Philip, and Prince Andrew were in residence.

When he was found by officers he repeatedly asked them: “Is Ma’am in?”

Before that, in 2013, a man scaled the perimeter fence and was found at around 10pm actually inside the building, in one of the State Rooms. None of the royals were home at the time.

The news of the near-shooting comes at a time when the British public is particularly tuned into the Queen’s wellbeing. The elderly woman was not seen for a fortnight over the Christmas period due to poor health.

She missed a New Year's Day church service at Sandringham because of a lingering heavy cold, and just a week before that she and her husband, the Duke of Edinburgh, were forced to delay their journey from Buckingham Palace to their Norfolk estate after she fell ill.

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