Queen Elizabeth once had a near brush with death while on one of her morning walks, an ex-guardsman revealed to the U.K's The Times.
To his amazement it was the Queen.
"Bloody hell, Your Majesty, I almost shot you", the guard reportedly told her.
The Queen was nearly shot by one of her own guardsman as she strolled palace grounds at 3am, it has emerged.
"On this eve of national celebrations, my family and I are with you in spirit".
Buckingham Palace officials confirmed shortly before the service that she would not be attending.
The palace announced on December 20 she would step down as patron of several charities and other organizations to reduce her workload.
The queen's daughter, Anne, and her third son, Edward, were among those who attended.
The monarch invested Ray Wheaton, the Queen's Page of the Chambers, with the insignia of a Lieutenant of the Royal Victorian Order, according to the court circular. She and her husband Prince Philip are said to have been resting inside for the better part of the last two weeks.
She has missed some of the most high-profile public appearances in the family's calendar, including skipping her traditional Christmas church service for the first time in 28 years.
It is thought that the encounter, reported in The Times, happened at Buckingham Palace several years ago and that the 90-year-old is unlikely to do it again. Still, other British Royals attended the annual St. Mary Magdalene Church services.
That same day, the monarch released a message to the Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan, sending her deepest condolences in the wake of the New Year's Eve nightclub attack in Istanbul.