The Queen’s Christmas lunch at a central London hotel with her senior servants was rudely interrupted yesterday when security had to remove a drunken man who had entered the premises.
Her Majesty was dining at one of her favourite restaurants within the Goring Hote, when the incident happened, requiring her royal protection officers to quickly intervene.
The man was said to have waved his arms about erratically, before running inside the 5* hotel, where he was restrained before being taken outside to be interviewed by police. He was later released after it was confirmed that he wasn’t a threat.
The Queen has been dining at the hotel, just a stone’s throw from Buckingham Palace, for decades, often with the late Queen Mother who is also known to have been a fan of the Belgravia based venue.
The Goring has a history of Royal connections. It’s where The Duchess of Cambridge choose to stay the night before her wedding in 2011; The Middleton family booked out all of the hotel’s 71 rooms for their family and friends, so that they could hold their own reception for anyone not able to attend the Buckingham Palace celebration.
The security scare at The Goring is one of a number that have occured this year, including a man being arrested for climbing the walls of Buckingham Palace back in May, and another again in August.
Despite events, The Queen however, looked unfazed by the latest intrusion. She was pictured chatting and thanking the hotel’s director David Morgan-Hewitt after the meal. David has worked there since 1990 and is well known to Her Majesty.