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The queen was not amused when she became the victim of possibly the first celebrity stalker in history.
At 5am on 14 December, 1838, when she was 19, the night porter at Buckingham Palace spotted a boy with a blackened face and gave chase, but he escaped.
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A search revealed that the intruder must have entered Victoria’s private apartments, but that night, fortunately, she was at Windsor.
He was eventually caught with several items of female underwear – Her Majesty’s bloomers – stuffed down his trousers, and the police surmised he had entered through a chimney, greasing himself to aid his escape.
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Everybody remarked on the boy’s repellent appearance. He claimed that he had been hiding behind furniture in the Palace for 11 months, eavesdropping on meetings with ministers and wandering about at night.
It was only when his father, a poor tailor, saw newspaper stories about the mysterious break-in that the boy was identified as 14-year-old Edward Jones, who had an obsessive interest in the queen and palace life.
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When he was charged with theft there was no mention of the queen’s drawers, and his destitute father managed to borrow money to pay a barrister who – after much hilarity in court – got the boy acquitted.
Fourteen months passed and Victoria married. Then in December 1840, shortly after the birth of Princess Vicky, her midwife collared an intruder hiding under a sofa in the royal dressing room: it was the Boy Jones up to his tricks again.
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The queen was in bed in the next room. This time, to avoid salacious revelations, the case was heard in secret by the Privy Council and the boy was allowed no legal representation.
He claimed he had got in through a window, stolen food from the kitchen, sat on the throne, toured the...
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