Thursday 6th November saw the arrest of four men around the London area, in connection with ‘Islamic related terrorism’, Scotland Yard said.
It has now been said that the men were plotting to assassinate Her Majesty, as an ultimate act of retribution against the UK, due to its involvement in the war against terrorism and Islamic State in the east.
It is thought the plan was to be carried out today (8th November), as The Queen attended the Royal British Legion Festival of Remembrance at the Royal Albert Hall. The men, aged 19, 22, 25 and 27 were attempting to kill Her Majesty with a knife. Both The Queen and David Cameron have been made aware of the developments of this case, with the suspects currently in custody as the Monarch continues with her duties.
The Duke of Edinburgh, The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall, The Earl and Countess of Wessex, The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester, The Duke of Kent, Princess Alexandra are all due to be in attendance of the festival this evening too.
The status of the UK was recently upgraded from ‘substantial’ to ‘severe’, with many expecting an imminent attack.
The Queen and many other members of The Royal Family will be present for the laying of wreaths at the Cenotaph on Remembrance Sunday, tomorrow. Following the recent attack at the National War Memorial in Canada, security is likely to have been tightened for this event too.
SO14 is the branch of Scotland Yard that looks after the safety of The Royal Family, with the assistance of the local Police wherever an engagement is carried out.
Members of The Royal Family are frequent targets on the lists of terrorists: a plot was also foiled in 2008 when The Queen attended the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Uganda. Al Qaeda were involved in this attempt, and a speedboat loaded with arms and home-made bombs was seized. Two Ugandan TV broadcasting vans were also taken and searched for possible weaponry.
Threats were also made against Prince Harry as he returned to Afghanistan in 2012.
Four Islamic terrorists planned to kill the Queen of England this weekend — but British police foiled the assassination plot, reports said.
The anarchist assassins intended to stab Queen Elizabeth II Friday as the country celebrated 96 years since the end of World War I — an annual British jubilee — with numerous public appearances by her Royal Highness.
British police discovered the murder plot by the four terrorists, ranging in age from 19 to 27, and conducted multiple raids in West London and Buckinghamshire to thwart their plan.
Cops believe the suspected terrorists planned to use a knife to kill the beloved 88-year-old Queen, but also think they likely had access to firearms.
Officials made Queen Elizabeth and Prime Minister David Cameron aware of the potential threat, but her Royal Highness still plans to attend the weekend’s festivities.
She was expected at Saturday’s annual Royal British Legion Festival, a military bash that celebrates the end of World War I, The Sun first reported.
Her Majesty is still slated to lay the first wreath at Sunday Remembrance celebration following a two-minute moment of silence, according to The Sun.
This is not the first time the Queen’s life has been threatened.
The Lithgow Plot was an assassination attempt on the Queen and her husband, Philip, who were on a royal tour in Australia.
The lovebirds were traveling from Sydney to Orange in 1970 when their train struck a large wooden log, that was allegedly placed on the tracks in hopes of causing the train to derail as it came barreling full speed down the track.
But, for some reason, the train was traveling at an unusually slow speed, averting any crisis and sparring their lives.
The royal couple was reportedly kept in the dark about the 1970s murder plot to avoid embarrassment for the Australian government, The Daily Mail reported.
She has reigned Queen for more than five decades, assuming the title at age 25. Prince Charles, her oldest son, is next in line to the throne, but is expected to pass the honor to his son, William.
The Duke of Cambridge and his wife, Kate Middleton, welcomed a son to the royal family last July and are expecting another child in April.
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