On March 1, 2018, New Zealand’s intelligence agency confirmed suspicions that have been a mystery for more than 30 years. Documents were released backing the 1981 attempt to assassinate The Queen of England.
Christopher Lewis was a 17-year-old activist in a right-wing terror group. During a parade where The Queen would be appearing, he hid in a toilet cubicle in a building that had a clear view of the Royal Parade. The Queen would be arriving any minute…
On October 14, 1981, Christopher fired a .22 rifle that he had stolen. He aimed towards The Queen as she was exiting her vehicle.
Thankfully- as we know- the attempt was unsuccessful.
Christopher was later arrested, however, he was not charged with attempted assassination. Instead, his scheme was later deemed “misunderstood.” Journalist and media-men who heard the gunshot were later told by officials that the sound was simply a “street sign falling.” Christopher was charged with unlawful possession and discharge of a firearm.
After more than 36 years later, New Zealand’ intelligence officials are sharing that the initial incident was in fact, covered up. The 36-year-old investigation is being reopened.
A recovered memo from 1981 was marked “Secret,” and titled “Possible Attempt on the Life of Queen Elizabeth II by National Imperial Guerrilla Army.” New Zealand has reopened the case as of March 1, 2018.
Thankfully, Queen Elizabeth is alive and well and heavily protected. The Queen has not given a comment on the 1981 happening and it’s unlikely that she will. We are just happy that she is safe.