Assassination attempt against Queen Elizabeth II revealed years later?

January 28, 2009

(ChattahBox) — A retired Australian detective revealed Wednesday, that an assassination attempt was made on Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, nearly 40 years ago while she traveled on a train across Australia. Retired New South Wales state Detective Superintendent Cliff McHardy, 81, said the Queen and her husband, were traveling through the Blue Mountains on in April 29, 1970, when their train struck a log deliberately placed, but the locomotive was not moving fast and didn’t derail. The train did slide about 200 yards before coming to a stop however.

McHardy who investigated the incident at the time said markings at the scene suggested the log had been deliberately rolled onto the tracks. A security train had swept the tracks an hour before the Queen’s locomotive chugged through the area insuring everything was clear, likely meaning the log had been placed only minutes prior to the incident.

McHardy’s claims were first reported in his local paper, the Lithgow Mercury, on Jan. 22. A spokeswoman for the New South Wales police said officials were looking into McHardy’s story to determine its validity.

McHardy who was in charge of the Lithgow police force for 11 years, said police investigating the incident but were ordered to keep details quiet to avoid embarrassing Australia.  The retired detective, said he was finally speaking out in an attempt to crack the case.

“It was one of the big regrets of my police service,” he told the Mercury. “We never came up with any decent suspects because if we interviewed people we seemed to be talking in riddles. We couldn’t disclose what our inquiries were about.”

A Buckingham Palace official said Wednesday that the royal family’s staff were unaware of the incident and did not intend to comment.


4 Responses to “Assassination attempt against Queen Elizabeth II revealed years later?”

  1. HowToStartAHomeBusiness on January 28th, 2009 1:02 pm

    nice blog!

  2. Emily on January 29th, 2009 5:19 pm

    If this detective’s story is true, it wouldn’t have been the first time British royalty survived an assassination attempt:

    It’s interesting that the attempt was thought to be the work of Australians who sympathized with the IRA.

  3. Harry Reeves on January 30th, 2009 8:59 am

    “Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II”?!?

    Shes the Queen of Australia! And she was at the time of her visit as well!

    I suggest you change that phrase to “AUSTRALIA’S Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip”!


  4. John on February 10th, 2010 3:38 pm

    Holy Crow the only attempt i have ever heard about is in 1981 when she was riding her horse burnese down the mall and several shots were fired at her. As to say about the validity of this report it would be hard to keep that a secret in Australia even if she is their Queen.

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