The Queen was almost SHOT by her own guardsman

That must have been terrifying!

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The Queen was once found walking around her gardens at 3am and was nearly shot at by a guardsman.

Her Majesty, who struggles to sleep, likes to go on a stroll to help relax her but on one occasion, she gave somebody a real fright.

A guardsman found her and shouted: “Who’s that? Bloody hell, Your Majesty. I nearly shot you”, it has been claimed.

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She was then said to have responded: “That’s quite all right.

“Next time I’ll ring through beforehand so you don’t have to shoot me.”

Well, at least she had a sense of humour about it!

It is thought that the encounter, reported in The Times, happened at Buckingham Palace several years ago and that the 90-year-old is unlikely to do it again.

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

Police said that no weapons were drawn, thankfully, and they later issued an apology to the prince.

The Managing Editor of Majesty Magazine, Joe Little, said: “What a great story.

“While wanting to take it with a pinch of salt, if Prince Andrew’s identity can be challenged by a policeman in the same garden in broad daylight then there’s no reason to think that something similar couldn’t happen to his mother in the dead of night.”

The Queen is usually at Buckingham Palace from Monday to Friday, with weekends and Easter spent at Windsor Castle.

She enjoys summers in Balmoral and Christmas and New Year at Sandringham where she tends to stay after the anniversary of her father King George VI’s death of February 6.

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She normally takes the train to get to her Norfolk retreat, but broke tradition this Christmas and travelled by helicopter as she was suffering from a “heavy cold”.

For the first time in 30 years, the Queen missed the Christmas Day church service and the New Year’s service too.

There have been many concerns over her health, but aides said she was “up and about” and receiving her usual Red Boxes of Government papers.

Get well soon Queenie!