Man with knife arrested trying to enter London's Buckingham Palace

Oli Scarff / Today
Two police officers stand guard at the main gates of Buckingham Palace in this 2011 file photo.

LONDON - British Police arrested a man carrying a knife as he tried to enter at Buckingham Palace early Monday in the second security scare at Queen Elizabeth’s main residence in little over a month.

The monarch was not home when the 44-year-old British man was arrested at around 11:30 a.m. local time (5:30 a.m. ET), police said.

The man attempted to enter the palace through the main North-Centre gate at the front of the building but was immediately stopped, the Metropolitan Police said in a statement.

He was searched and found to be in possession of a knife, which was seized.

He was arrested on suspicion of trespassing on a protected site and possession of an offensive weapon.

The suspect remains in custody at a London police station.

Nobody was injured in the incident.

In September, a man was found in the palace having scaled a fence to get into the grounds. He was arrested for burglary, trespass and criminal damage, while a second man was arrested outside the palace on suspicion of conspiracy to commit burglary. Both men were released on bail. 

Less than 48 hours later, Prince Andrew, the second-oldest son of Britain’s queen, was challenged by armed officers in the gardens of Buckingham Palace. It was not clear if the officers recognized the prince, and the Metropolitan Police apologized.

The most famous security breach at Buckingham Palace came in 1982, when Michael Fagan scaled a palace drainpipe and broke into the queen's bedroom where she was sleeping. He reportedly sat on the bed and chatted with the monarch before he was arrested.