A man has been charged with treason after he allegedly broke into the Queen’s home at Windsor Castle on Christmas Day.
London Metropolitan Police have revealed that Jaswant Singh Chail, 20, has been charged with intending to injure or alarm the Queen, reports The sun.
Her Majesty was understood to be inside with other members of the Royal Family before her tribute to late husband Philip was played in her emotional Christmas Day message.
It was her first Christmas without Philip – her 73-year-old husband who died aged 99 in April.
Nick Price, head of the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) Special Crime and Counter Terrorism Division, said: “The CPS have authorized the Metropolitan Police to charge Jaswat Singh Chail with offenses after he was arrested in the grounds of Windsor Castle on December 25, 2021 carrying a crossbow.
“This decision was made following an investigation by the Met’s Counter Terrorism Command.
“Mr Chail, 20, was charged with death threats, possession of an offensive weapon and an offense under the Treason Act 1842.
“The prosecution reminds all concerned that the criminal proceedings against Mr. Chail are active and that he is entitled to a fair trial.”
He will next appear in Westminster Magistrates’ Court in London on August 17.
Under the Treason Act 1842, it is illegal to assault the Queen or have any offensive firearm or weapon in her presence for the purpose of injuring or alarming her or disturbing the peace .
In 1981, Marcus Sarjeant was sentenced to prison under this section of the Treason Act after shooting the Queen blank as she walked down The Mall in London during the Trooping the Color parade in 1981.
He was jailed for five years after pleading guilty.
William Joyce, also known as Lord Haw-Haw, collaborated with Germany during World War II.
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Originally published as Man charged with treason after entering Queen’s home at Windsor Castle on Christmas Day