Thirteen Windsor Castle guards have been jailed for breaking lockdown rules while the Queen and Prince Philip were inside.
The soldiers, from the Welsh Guards, broke the “HMS bubble” to attend an alcohol and cocaine-fueled ‘mini-rave’ with members of the public at a riverside park.
A source said the soldiers committed ‘a serious offense’, adding: ‘They had gone to a park near the river to have a few beers and play football but things got out of hand.’
Their punishments ranged from 14 to 28 days at the military’s Glasshouse prison in Colchester.
Four of the men who tested positive for cocaine and will be kicked out of the British army after serving their sentences.
Three other guardsmen, including a more senior lance sergeant, will be told of their punishment in the coming days.
An army source added: “There was never any danger to the Queen and Prince Philip. They would have had absolutely no contact with the royals or members of the royal household.”
The guardsmen were based at Combermere Barracks in Windsor.
(via Daily Mail; photo: Pixabay)