Fake Priest Spends the Night Drinking and Eating With Queen Elizabeth's Military Guards

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Queen Elizabeth inspecting her Coldstream Guards in 2012.Getty

The military guards for Queen Elizabeth didn't question the imposter priest until he began bragging over drinks about being a test pilot for ejection seats in fighter planes.

An imposter who claimed to be a priest managed to talk his way into the military barracks of Windsor Castle and spent the night drinking and dining with soldiers who protect Queen Elizabeth at the royal residence, authorities said.

The cunning cleric gave his name as Father Cruise and claimed to be a friend of the Coldstream Guards' military chaplain. He was allowed in without presenting any form of identification and spent hours in the bar of the Victoria Barracks, eating and drinking with military officers, according to media reports.

It wasn't until he boasted of being a test pilot for ejection seats in military aircraft and of having several organ transplants that soldiers became suspicious.

"Within a couple of hours, he was drinking with the officers in the bar and telling them stories of how he had served in Iraq," TalkTV reported. "He was telling lots of tall stories and the lads were enjoying his banter and having a few drinks. It was only later when he started talking about how he had worked as an ejector-seat test pilot and had some organs replaced that the chaps started to get suspicious."

The British military announced this week that it is investigating the security breach, which occurred April 26, while Queen Elizabeth was celebrating her 96th birthday at her Sandringham estate.

"The army takes this breach of security extremely seriously and it will be thoroughly investigated as a matter of priority,” a Ministry of Defense spokesperson said in a statement. "This incident is now part of an ongoing investigation and would be therefore inappropriate to comment further at this time."

The fake priest was arrested the next morning, after spending the night at the barracks, police said. A reason for his foray into the fortress was not given.

The Coldstream Guards are a regiment of the British Army, tasked with protecting the monarchy and its soldiers are regularly seen at ceremonial services wearing their trademark red tunics and tall bearskin hats.

It is not the first time security has been breached at a royal residence.

Last year, a man was held under Britain’s Mental Health Act after he was arrested on the Windsor Castle grounds while carrying a cross bow. In 1982, Michael Fagan famously broke into Buckingham Palace twice, the last time getting into Queen Elizabeth’s bedroom and waking the sleeping monarch.

The British tabloids had a field day with that break-in, and it was recreated in season four of "The Crown" Netfix series.

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