A man on May 2, a few days before the coronation of King Charles III. (74), caused a police operation at Buckingham Palace in London. According to the police, the stranger approached the gate of the palace and threw several objects on the premises. The man was quickly arrested.
According to a statement from the Metropolitan Police, it is currently assumed that the items seized that are being examined are believed to be shotgun shells. In addition, a suspicious bag that the man was carrying was blown up with a controlled explosion as a precaution.
For Charles III and his wife, Queen Camilla (75), was apparently never in danger. As British media reports, including the BBC, the couple were not in the palace at the time of the incident. In addition, according to the police, there were no reports of shots being fired, nor of possible injuries to officers or citizens. Police officers are still on site for further investigation.
In the coming days, there will be a state of emergency in London in terms of safety precautions. King Charles III will be crowned at Westminster Abbey on May 6th. Thousands of onlookers are expected to attend two processions.
On Saturday morning, the King and his wife will first be taken in a carriage from the Palace along The Mall, through the Admiralty Arch, across Trafalgar Square and further along Whitehall and Parliament Street to Westminster Abbey. Following the coronation, a more ostentatious procession is said to follow, taking the reverse route back to the palace. More than 6,000 men and women from the British Armed Forces will take part in the coronation celebrations on May 6th.