Her Royal Highness Queen Elizabeth II was pictured riding in the gilded horse drawn coach with Xi along Horse Guards Parade last week, blissfully unaware of the danger she could have been in.
The Chinese agent posed as an official interpreter in a reported attempt to get inside the carriage with The Queen and her guest.
But he was thwarted by members of the diplomatic protection squad – an elite group from Scotland Yard tasked with providing 24-hour security for the royal family and other VIPs in London – who realised something wasn’t quite right.
The attempted security breach led to a tense stand-off between security services from the two countries with British politicians accusing the Chinese of trying to take control.
A senior Tory told The Sunday Times: “There was a stand-off and our protection people were shouldered aside. There’s an issue here about bullying, uncomprehending Chinese police. This security should be done by us, not them.”
A senior British official told the newspaper: “The bodyguard, or spy, attempted to get in the carriage and was prevented when it was ascertained by our security officials that he was actually a security official rather than the official translator.
“In other words, they were trying to get someone dodgy into the carriage alongside the president and the Queen.”
Full article: Chinese SPY tried to get into Queen’s royal carriage during state visit (Express)