British man arrested at Windsor Castle with a crossbow accused of allegedly trying to ‘injure or alarm’ the Queen

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A 20-year-old man who was arrested at Windsor Castle while carrying a crossbow on Christmas Day last year was charged on Tuesday with attempting to injure or alarm Queen Elizabeth IIannounced the Crown Prosecution Service.

Jaswant Singh Chail, of Southampton, was charged with death threats, possession of an offensive weapon and a felony under the Treason Act 1842.

Police stand guard outside Windsor Castle.

Police stand guard outside Windsor Castle.
(Reuters/Peter Nicholls)

The Queen was at the castle on Christmas Day, but Chail was arrested “moments” after stepping onto the pitch, BBC News reported at the time.

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Under the 19th century Treason Act, which has not been used for four decades, it is forbidden to “assault the Queen or have any firearm or offensive weapon in her presence for the purpose of to injure or alarm her or cause a breach of the peace.”

A view of the Long Walk to Windsor Castle in Windsor, England.

A view of the Long Walk to Windsor Castle in Windsor, England.
(AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

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In 1981, 17-year-old Marcus Serjeant was charged under the Treason Act for shooting Blank shots at Queen Elizabeth II during a parade.

Chail is due in court on August 3. 17.