Queen almost SHOT by one of her own security guards in bizarre 3am incident

05 January 2017

One of the Queen's regular moonlit strolls almost turned deadly after a security guard mistook her for an intruder.

What's a monarch to do when she can't sleep?

Why, take a stroll about the palace gardens of course.

The Queen is apparently a big fan of midnight walks around the beautiful Buckingham Palace grounds, and often does it when she can't sleep -- but one of her late night meander nearly cost her her life.

A palace security guard says he got the fright of his life when he saw a shadowy figure lurking amongst the shrubbery while on shift, and nearly pulled his gun on the intruder.

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The ex-guardsman recently told The Times how he called out into the darkness. Thank goodness he did, because the voice that answered belong to Her Majesty herself.

"Thinking that he had come across an intruder, he shouted: 'Who’s that?'," The Times' Grant Tucker writes.

"To his surprise it was the Queen. 'Bloody hell, Your Majesty, I nearly shot you,' he blurted out."

But apparently the 90-year-old ruler was quite unruffled.

“That’s quite all right,” she supposedly replied. “Next time I’ll ring through beforehand so you don’t have to shoot me.”

It's believed the curious encounter occurred some years ago, The Mirror reports.

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The Queen, who is on the cusp of her 91st birthday and her 65th year on the throne, has been battling a serious cold for the past two weeks.

Her Majesty was forced to sit out on a number of royal engagements, including the annual New Year and Christmas Day church services in Sandringham.

She's said to be doing better and recovering at her Norfolk Estate.

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