A man who was arrested at Windsor Castle while carrying a crossbow was charged with treason under a law that criminalizes carrying a weapon in the Queen's presence.

People walk along the Long Walk leading up to Windsor Castle on May 8, 2018.

The Long Walk leads to Windsor Castle.

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Jaswant Singh Chail was charged with possession of an offensive weapon and threats to kill.

The charges were the result of an investigation by the counter terrorism command.

Chail will be in court.

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During the time of the incident on Christmas Day, Queen Elizabeth was in the castle with other family members. The man was caught before he entered any buildings.


This is the first time someone has tried to get into the residence. Michael Fagan woke up the queen in her bedroom in 1982. In the most recent season of The Crown, there was a longer interaction between Queen Elizabeth and Fagan than what actually happened.

The Windsor Castle crossbow incident resulted in a treason act charge.

A man has been charged under the Treason Act.