Queen Elizabeth II was the target of a mentally ill man who wanted to complain to Queen Elizabeth II about his welfare benefits. “A man with a history of mental illness was hoping to see Queen Elizabeth II when he tried to rush through a Buckingham Palace gate carrying a six-inch (15-cm) knife, a prosecutor said Tuesday,” according to an Oct. 15, 2013, Associated Press report.
On Monday around 11.30 a.m, 44-year-old David Belmar tried to storm into Buckingham Palace by jumping over a vehicle barrier at the north entrance of the official London residence of Queen Elizabeth II.
Armed with a six-inch kitchen knife, David Belmar was determined to see Queen Elizabeth II to complain to her in person about his state welfare payments.
Fortunately, police were able to tackle David Belmar to the ground and take him into custody.
On Tuesday, David Belmar admitted to trespassing and possession of a “bladed weapon” at Westminster Magistrates Court. David Belmar is being kept in custody until his sentencing.
According to Prosecutor Edward Aydin, David Belmar was determined to see Queen Elizabeth II about his welfare benefits and that he had an obsession with Queen Elizabeth II.
"He is a danger to the public, carrying a knife in central London, and he is a danger to the queen.”
According to David Belmar’s lawyer, Robert Katz, his client did not have a fixation with Queen Elizabeth II and did not brandish the knife which officers had found wrapped in a plastic bag in David Belmar’s jacket.
Both prosecutor and defense attorney appear to agree that David Belmar is having mental health issues, that he is taking medication, and that this is not the first time that David Belmar "visited" Buckingham Palace. In 1989, David Belmar had received a police warning for lighting fireworks and throwing them onto the palace grounds.
During Monday’s incident, 87-year-old Queen Elizabeth II was not at Buckingham Palace. If David Belmar would have bothered to look up at the flag pole on top of Buckingham Palace, he would have known that Queen Elizabeth II was not at home because the Royal Standard is flown when she is in her residence.
If the Union Flag is flying above Buckingham Palace or Windsor Castle instead of the Royal Standard, it means that Queen Elizabeth II is not at home.