Somehow a man got onto the grounds of Windsor Castle, past the guards, with a crossbow.
In a court hearing in London on Wednesday, Jaswant Singh Chail, 20, testifying remotely, admitted that he wanted to “kill the Queen.”
The former supermarket worker from Southampton is being charged with treason for intending to “injure the person of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, or to alarm her Majesty.”
He was in possession of a weapon – a crossbow – which upped the charges. It was no simple child’s toy, but a Supersonic X-Bow weapon, capable of inflicting severe harm.
The unsuccessful assailant was arrested at Windsor Castle, the royal residence, on December 25, 2021, while the Queen was there.
Prosecutors say that the man was carrying a loaded crossbow and was wearing a mask and a hood. He told police, “I am here to kill the Queen,” at which point he was, as one would expect, handcuffed and arrested.
The prosecution says that Chail’s motivation was revenge for the British treatment of Indians. He had told many people, via video, about his intentions to assassinate the Queen. He had even tried to join the British Army and the Ministry of Defense Police, prosecutors say, although he was unsuccessful and tried the bow-and-arrow at the castle plan.
Chail is now in Broadmoor, a high-security psychiatric hospital and will be detained until his next court hearing on September 14.
He is being charged with Treason under the Treason Act of 1842.
Although allegations under the Treason Act are rare, in 1981 a man, who fired blank shots at Queen Elizabeth II during a parade, was arrested and served five years in prison for his actions.