British prosecutors have charged a man caught with a crossbow at the Queen’s house on Christmas Day

British prosecutors have charged a man with intent to “injure or frighten” Queen Elizabeth II after he was arrested at Windsor Castle over Christmas.

Prosecutors said Jaswant Singh Chail, 20, from Southampton in the south of England, was arrested on December 25 with a crossbow in the castle grounds west of London, where the 96-year-old monarch mostly resides.

Following an investigation by the counterterrorism police, he was charged with threatening to kill, possession of an offensive weapon, and a felony under section 2 of the Treason Act 1842.

This section details the punishment for “discharging or aiming firearms, and throwing or using any offensive object or weapon with the intent to injure or alarm Her Majesty.”

Chale will appear before London’s Westminster Magistrates’ Court on 17 August.

“The Crown Prosecution Service reminds all parties concerned that the criminal prosecution against Mr. Chail is active and that he is entitled to a fair trial,” said Nick Price, head of the CPS counter-terrorism and crime unit.

The Queen was at the castle at the time of the incident, along with her son and heir Prince Charles, his wife Camilla and other close family members.

The police said that Chale did not break into any buildings.

Security breaches at royal residences are rare. The most serious incident of the Queen’s reign occurred in 1982, when an intruder climbed over a wall to enter her London home, Buckingham Palace, and made his way into her bedroom.

In 2003, Aaron Barszczak, a self-described “comedy terrorist”, eluded security at Windsor in a pink dress and Osama bin Laden-style beard to break into a 21st birthday party for Charles’ eldest son, Prince William, the second queue. for the throne.

The last person convicted under the more serious medieval Treason Act of 1351 was William Joyce, a Nazi propagandist nicknamed Lord Howe-Haw, who was hanged in 1946.