Police placed an armed guard on Coppins, the country home of the Duke of Kent, today (Monday) after a threat that his elder son, the Earl of St.
Police placed an armed guard on Coppins, the country home of the Duke of Kent, today (Monday) after a threat that his elder son, the Earl of St. Andrews, might be kidnapped. The Duke of Kent is a first cousin of Queen Elizabeth.
The threat was made in a telephone call last night in which an anonymous caller said the earl would be held hostage for the release of two Irishmen imprisoned in Britain.
The Earl of St. Andrews, who is eight, is twelfth in line to the throne of the United Kingdom. The Duke, who is with his regiment in Scotland, has no plans to return home.
The police took the kidnap threat seriously enough tot replace the one or two officers who normally guard the household with a squad of armed detectives accompanied by guard dogs.
The Earl is at present at home with his mother, the Duchess of Kent, his six-year-old sister Lady Helen Windsor and his baby brother Nicholas, born last July. The police precautions are expected to remain in force when the Earl returns to school tomorrow.