Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip on the balcony

Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip on the balcony

A man who was Tasered by police after brandishing knives outside Buckingham Palace has been charged with possessing a bladed weapon in public and affray.

Police used the stun gun on Talhat Rehman yesterday morning (03.02.13) after he broke from a crowd of tourists in the middle of the Changing of the Guard ceremony, holding one blade to his chest and another to his throat.

Witnesses said about 15 police officers surrounded the man after he was Tasered and he was then taken into custody.

A Scotland Yard spokesman said: "He was not making threats to members of the public but he was challenged by police. He acted aggressively and a Taser was discharged."

Eyewitness Kevin Burrows added: "The crowd had been pushed back behind a barrier but he came at the police. He was threatening them with knives.

"The police saw him and acted very quickly. They surrounded him within seconds. I saw the shot fired. It took a couple of seconds for him to hit the ground.

"I've never seen anything like it before. I didn't expect that, I didn't expect it whatsoever."

Mr Rehman, 54, will appear at Westminster Magistrates' Court later today (04.02.13).

Officers at the scene suggested Mr Rehman was known to them and was mentally ill.

Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip were not in their London royal residence at the time and were instead at their Sandringham Estate in Norfolk.