What happened to Michael Fagan after Buckingham Palace
The world was shocked when it was revealed that Michael Fagan, an unemployed
father, managed to break into Buckingham Palace on July 9, 1982, and spend 10
minutes talking to the Queen in her bedroom. The Queen managed to alert a footman
calmly to the intruder in her private quarters, and Mr Fagan was then whisked away
by police. But four decades on, people are still astounded that he managed to get so close to the nation's head of state.
At the time, Mr Fagan's intrusion brought the issue of the Queen's security to the
forefront as a member of the public had managed to breeze into the palace without being stopped by royal security.
The scandal was so bad that then-Home Secretary William
Whitelaw reportedly offered the Queen his resignation, but she refused.