Thirteen of the Queen's guardsmen are jailed for participating in a cocaine-fueled mini-rave during the coronavirus lockdown
- They partied with members of the public, which meant they broke the installed "bubble"
- The Welsh Guards were stationed in the Combermere Barracks in Windsor
- It is believed to be the largest number of troops detained at the same time for a single crime
Thirteen soldiers guarding Windsor Castle and protecting the Queen have been jailed for violating lockdown rules.
They were part of a group of 16 guardsmen participating in a "mini-rave" run on alcohol and cocaine in a park by the river.
They celebrated with members of the public, which meant they broke a "bubble" when the Queen and Prince Philip shielded each other inside.
The first 13 Welsh Guards troops were convicted last week.
Thirteen soldiers guarding Windsor Castle and protecting the Queen have been jailed for violating lockdown rules
Her sentences ranged from 14 to 28 days in Colchester Military Glasshouse Prison.
It is believed that this is the largest number of troops detained for a single crime at the same time.
Four of the men also tested positive for cocaine and will be kicked out of the army after serving their sentences.
The guardsmen were stationed at Combermere Barracks in Windsor.
The party took place in late June, less than two weeks after the Queen took part in a socially aloof trooping the color – the first time the ceremony was held in Windsor since 1895.
During the lockdown, the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh were protected in the castle by the so-called "HMS Bubble".
At the height of the pandemic, their group of 24 staff members was split into two teams of 12 who worked three weeks off and then three weeks off.
They also had to be in quarantine for a week before returning from vacation.
During the lockdown, the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh (pictured) were protected in the castle by the so-called "HMS Bubble".
The guardsmen were treated as a single household and according to the rules they were not allowed to mix with other people.
They couldn't even meet their families to make sure the royals were protected. But at the party, they broke those rules by mingling with locals, sources said.
An Army source added, “There was never any danger to the Queen and Prince Philip. They would have had absolutely no contact with the kings or members of the royal household. & # 39;
The other three guardsmen, including a high-ranking lance sergeant, will be informed of their punishment in the coming days.
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