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An intruder reportedly stayed the night at barracks with Royal Guardsmen who protect Queen Elizabeth in a frightful massive security breach on Tuesday.

Coldstream Guards near Windsor Castle were tricked by a fake priest claiming to be a friend of the padre to the Coldstream Guards — the army that protects the Queen and carries out ceremonial duties. The investigation was launched after police officials were alerted at 9:20 am on Wednesday.

The man pretended to be a priest and approached soldiers at the gate. He allegedly spent the night eating and drinking in the Victoria Barracks — yards away from Windsor Castle, before being offered to stay for the night despite having no identification or credentials.

"The guy turned up at the gate, said his name was Father Cruise and claimed to be a friend of the battalion's Padre, the Rev Matt Coles. He was invited in and offered something to eat," a source said. "Within a couple of hours he was drinking with the officers in the bar. He was telling lots of tall stories and the lads were enjoying his banter."

The insider added, "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. Checks were made in the morning. It was apparent this guy wasn't a bonafide priest." The imposter also bragged of having received a medal for bravery in the Iraq War.

According to sources, suspicion was finally raised the following day after he had eaten breakfast. The police escorted him from the premises 16 hours after he first arrived. A few hours later, the Queen returned to Windsor after spending Easter at Sandringham.

A spokesman said, "The Army takes this breach of security extremely seriously and it will be thoroughly investigated as a matter of priority. This incident is now part of an ongoing investigation and it would be inappropriate to comment further at this time."

Sources spoke with TalkTV, claiming that the man was known to local police as having mental health issues. He was not arrested. The Ministry of Defence also launched an urgent investigation into the security breach.

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