The Queen was almost assassinated by a teenager during a state visit to New Zealand in 1981, a new report has revealed. Christopher John Lewis, who was just 17
at the time, joined throngs of people who had turned out to see the Queen and Prince Phillip during a parade through the town of Dunedin and took aim at her with a .22 rifle.
The would-be assassin hid himself in a toilet on the 5th floor of a nearby building and kept a watch for the approaching royal couple. He was half a kilometre away from the Queen when he pulled the trigger as she stepped out of the Rolls Royce and a deafening crack echoed amongst the crowd. But the shot missed and whistled past her head.
Aside from a brief moment of confusion, the crowd and the Queen continued as normal and the New Zealand police began a cover up that would bury any and all of the evidence.