The Queen was locked outside the gates of her own home an embarrassing and extremely rare security blunder.
The monarch and her security team were thwarted as they attempted to sweep into Windsor Castle in two Range Rovers on Thursday afternoon.
Her Majesty, wearing a headscarf and sitting in the back seat, was kept waiting outside the Nelson’s Gate entrance after a member of staff apparently forgot to let her in.
Pictures showed how a female bodyguard got out of the vehicle and attempted in vain to open the heavy wooden gate blocking their entrance.
The bodyguard also delivered a kick to a side door in an attempt to alert staff inside about the Queen's presence.
Word of the error must have spread quickly after the cars performed a U-turn and drove through a remote-controlled gate.
The Windsor Estate is the Queen's favourite residence and she usually arrives there on Thursday afternoon and leaves again on Tuesday.
One onlooker said hey had "never seen anything like it in 30 years".
"I'm not sure if someone was sleeping on the job or simply that they were not expecting her, but it's unheard of," the source told the Daily Mail.
"And it's not often you get to see a queen locked out of her own castle."
The Queen may see Harry and Meghan as they stay at Frogmore Cottage on the Windsor estate before their last official engagement as senior royals on Monday.
It was reported yesterday that Queen Elizabeth's "worst fear" is not seeing her great grandson again, a source told US Weekly .
Her Majesty is said to be "heartbroken" and fears she is missing key milestones in the life of Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, the first son of her grandson Prince Harry and Meghan.
The source told the magazine: "[The Queen is] heartbroken over the thought of not getting to see her great-grandson…The queen would love to have a relationship with Archie, but it’s looking unlikely that will ever happen.
“The queen’s worst fear is that she may never see Archie again."
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