Thirteen of the Queen’s guards are jailed for attending cocaine-powered mini-rave in conflict with ‘bubble’ designed to protect Her Majesty from the coronavirus during lockdown
- They party with members of the audience, which meant they broke the ‘bubble’ in place
- The Welsh Guards were based at Combermere Barracks in Windsor
- It is believed to be the largest number of troops convicted of a single crime at one time
Thirteen soldiers guarding Windsor Castle and protecting the Queen have been convicted of breaking the lockdown rules.
They belonged to a group of 16 guards who attended a booze and cocaine-fueled ‘mini-rave’ in a riverside park.
They partied with members of the audience, which meant they broke a ‘bubble’ put in place while the Queen and Prince Philip protected themselves inside.
The first 13 troops of the Welsh Guards were convicted last week.
Thirteen soldiers guarding Windsor Castle and protecting the Queen have been convicted of breaking the lockdown rules
Their sentences ranged from 14 to 28 days in the Army Glasshouse Jail in Colchester.
It is believed to be the largest number of troops held for a single crime at the same time.
Four of the men also tested positive for cocaine and will be expelled from the military after serving their sentences.
The guards were stationed at Combermere Barracks in Windsor.
The celebration took place in late June, less than two weeks after the Queen attended a socially detached Trooping the Color – the first time the ceremony had taken place in Windsor since 1895.
During the lockdown, the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh were protected inside the castle by what became known as the ‘HMS Bubble’.
At the height of the pandemic, her group of 24 servants was split into two teams of 12 who worked three weeks off and then three weeks off.
They also had to spend a week in quarantine before returning from leave.
During the lockdown, the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh (pictured) were protected inside the castle by what became known as the ‘HMS Bubble’
The guard was treated as one 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 these rules by mingling with the 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 royals or members of the royal family. ‘
The other three guards, including a senior sergeant, will be told of their punishment in the coming days.