Queen holds audiences at Buckingham Palace as intruder released by police

It was business as usual for the Queen as she carried out audiences at Buckingham Palace.

The 93-year-old monarch kept to her diary in the wake of an intruder being arrested at her royal residence in central London.

A man held after he climbed over the palace gates was released under investigation as inquiries continue, Scotland Yard said.

Specialist royal police officers arrested a 22-year-old man after he scaled the front gates at around 2am on Wednesday morning.

He was held on suspicion of trespass by specialist royal police officers, the Metropolitan Police said.

The Queen was in residence at the time, a palace spokeswoman said.

Audience at Buckingham Palace
The Queen meets the outgoing Dean of Her Majesty’s Chapels Royal, Lord Chartres, and Lady Chartres, during a private audience at Buckingham Palace (Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire)

She declined to say whether the Queen had been informed of the incident.

The intruder was not carrying any weapons and the incident is not being treated as terror-related, Scotland Yard said.

On Thursday morning the Rt Rev and Rt Hon. the Lord Chartres was received by the Queen upon relinquishing his appointment as Dean of Her Majesty’s Chapels Royal.

The Rt Rev and Rt Hon Dame Sarah Mullally also met the sovereign upon assuming her appointment as the new Dean of Her Majesty’s Chapels Royal.

Bishop Sarah, the 133rd Bishop of London, is one of the most senior figures in the Church of England and the first woman to hold the post.

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