A man has been arrested after climbing over a gate at Buckingham Palace Friday afternoon. Police were alerted to the 21-year-old scaling the gate of the royal residence at 1.45pm on Friday. Officers met the man as he dropped to the ground and arrested him for trespassing on a designated site, Scotland Yard said.
The Queen, who had undertaken an investiture ceremony at Windsor Castle earlier in the day, was not in residence at Buckingham Palace at the time. It is understood that no other members of the royal family were at the palace.
Scotland Yard said: 'A man has been arrested after climbing a gate at Buckingham Palace.
'Shortly before 1.45pm today police at Buckingham Palace were alerted to a man climbing over the south gate.
'As he dropped to the ground he was met by officers and arrested for trespassing on designated site, contrary to Section 128 Serious Organised Crime and Police Act 2005.
'He was not found in possession of any offensive weapons.
'The 21-year-old man was taken into custody and will undergo a mental health assessment. Enquiries by officers continue.'
A Palace spokesman said: 'We never comment on security, which is a matter for police.'