Queen Elizabeth Was Once Almost Shot By Her Own Guard During Late Night Walk

A file picture dated 24 November 2016 shows Britain's Queen's Elizabeth II departing Westminster Abbey after attending a Thanksgiving service in London, Britain. According to media reports on 20 December 2016, Queen's Elizabeth II will step down from her patronages of a number of organizations at the end of 2016, as the Buckingham Palace said.  (EPA/ANDY RAIN EPA ARA7 (FILE) BRITAIN ROYALTY)
A file picture dated 24 November 2016 shows Britain’s Queen’s Elizabeth II departing Westminster Abbey after attending a Thanksgiving service in London, Britain. According to media reports on 20 December 2016, Queen’s Elizabeth II will step down from her patronages of a number of organizations at the end of 2016, as the Buckingham Palace said. (EPA/ANDY RAIN EPA ARA7 (FILE) BRITAIN ROYALTY)

Watch out, Your Majesty!

Queen Elizabeth once had a close call with a guard at Buckingham Palace who could have shot her after confusing her for an intruder during a late night walk, The Times of London reported on Wednesday.

When she is struggling to sleep, the 90-year-old royal will occasionally head outside and go for a stroll, according to the outlet. During one such 3 a.m. outing within the Palace walls, the patrolman came across a “figure in the darkness” and assumed the worst, according to the newspaper.

However, when he called out to see who was there, it turned out to be the Queen herself.

“Bloody hell, Your Majesty, I nearly shot you,” the guard reportedly told her after realizing his mistake.

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

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SOURCE: PEOPLE, Stephanie Petit