A man caught with a crossbow in the grounds of Windsor Castle on Christmas Day has been charged under the 180-year-old Treason Act.
Jaswant Singh Chail, 20, is said to have climbed the walls to attack the queen. Chail, from a village near Southampton, was charged yesterday under Section 2 of the Treason Act 1842, which relates to “the firing or aiming of firearms, or the throwing or intent to injure or alarm Her Majesty”.
He has also been charged with threat of murder and having an offensive weapon. Chail is in custody and will appear in Westminster court on August 17.
Police guard the Henry VIII gate to Windsor Castle
Nick Price, chief of the Crown Prosecution Service’s special crime and counter-terrorism division, said it had authorized the Metropolitan Police to press charges.