One man was arrested on suspicion of burglary, trespass and criminal damage. Police say he had scaled a fence to get into the palace.
The second man was arrested outside the palace — which is one of the monarch’s three official residences, and serves as the Royal Family’s administrative headquarters — on suspicion of conspiracy to commit burglary.
The first man was found “in an area currently open to the public during the day,” said the Metropolitan Police (the Met), last Monday at about 10.20 p.m.
After bailing the two men, the Met said a review into the incident had begun, and security would be a part of it.
A spokesman said police inquiries were continuing.
According to the BBC
, a police spokesman has said: “A review of the specific circumstances of this incident is being carried out. No members of the Royal Family were at Buckingham Palace at the time of the incident.”
This is by no means the first security alert involving the British Royals.
The latest was in 2003, when a comedian called Aaron Barschak managed to get into the 21st-birthday party of the second in line to the British throne, Prince William, at Windsor Castle.
He managed to get inside the building
as 300 guests celebrated with the prince — now also titled the Duke of Cambridge since his marriage to Kate Middleton two years ago — and other senior royals.
But as far back as 1974, a man thought to be mentally ill tried to kidnap the Queen’s daughter Princess Anne, the Princess Royal, as she was driven down the Mall.
Up a drainpipe
Her bodyguard and three other people were shot.
In 1981, six blank shots are fired from the crowd while the Queen rode in the Trooping the Colour ceremony.
An unemployed man named Michael Fagan broke into the Queen's private chambers
in Buckingham Palace in 1982 while she was in bed.
The Queen talked to the 31-year-old for around 10 minutes after he climbed over the palace walls and up a drainpipe. She managed to alert a footman, who held the man down till police arrived.
And in 1994 a student called David Kang charged at Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales, while firing a starting pistol during a ceremony in Sydney.