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Old May 13th, 2011, 04:35 AM   #1

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The attempt to kidnap Princess Anne - March 1974

I was going to explain this myself as some of our ex-GB members might not know this even happened ,but having popped onto Wiki just now,the explanation it gives is very good ,so here it is :

As Princess Anne and Mark Phillips were returning to
Buckingham_Palace Buckingham_Palace
on 20 March 1974, from a charity event on Pall Mall, their
Austin_Princess Austin_Princess
limousine was forced to stop by a Ford Escort. The driver of the Escort, Ian Ball, jumped out and began firing a gun.
Inspector Inspector
James_Wallace_Beaton James_Wallace_Beaton
, the Princess's personal police officer, responded by exiting the limousine in order to shield the Princess and try to disarm Ball. Beaton's firearm, a
Walther_PPK Walther_PPK
, jammed, and he was shot by the assailant, as was Anne's chauffeur, Alex Callender, when he tried to disarm Ball. Brian McConnell, a nearby tabloid journalist, also intervened, and was shot in the chest. Ball approached the Royal's car and told Anne of his kidnapping plan, which was to hold the Princess for ransom, the sum given by varying sources as £2 million or £3 million, which he intended to give to the National Health Service. Ball then directed Anne to get out of the car, to which she replied: "Not bloody likely!", and briefly considered hitting Ball. Eventually, she dove out the other side of the limousine and another passing pedestrian, Ron Russell, punched Ball in the back of the head and then led Anne away from the scene. At that point,
Police_Constable Police_Constable
Michael Hills happened upon the situation; he too was shot by Ball, but not before he called for police backup.
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Peter Edmonds, who had been nearby, answered and gave chase, finally arresting Ball.
All of the victims were hospitalised, and recovered from their wounds. For his defence of Princess Anne, Beaton was awarded the
George_Cross George_Cross
, Hills and Russell were awarded the
George_Medal George_Medal
, and Callender, McConnell and Edmonds were awarded the Queen's Gallantry Medal. Ball pleaded guilty to attempted murder and kidnapping, and was detained under the Mental Health Act.
The incident was the closest in modern times that any individual has come to kidnapping a member of the Royal Family, and prompted higher security levels for the Royals. It also served as the focus of the 2006
Granada_Television Granada_Television
produced docu-drama, To Kidnap a Princess, and inspired story lines in the
Tom_Clancy Tom_Clancy
Patriot_Games Patriot_Games
and the
Antonia_Fraser Antonia_Fraser
novel Your Royal Hostage.

So she is quite a feisty woman to get out of that situation,showing the pluck that the Royals have to have sometimes.

Any comments out there if maybe you didnt know this happened ?
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Old May 13th, 2011, 04:39 AM   #2

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I do know it led to James Bond's weapon of choice being withdrawn from service in the British security forces.
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Originally Posted by Vladd View Post
I do know it led to James Bond's weapon of choice being withdrawn from service in the British security forces.
Indeed it did Vladd,but it stayed in the films or the PPK's reputation would have been in tatters.
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