Sensation! New Zealand Teenager Tried to Kill Queen Elizabeth – All Details from Secret Files

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A teenager tried to kill during a visit to New Zealand in 1981, declassified official spy documents confirm.

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What we know about the shooter

It happened while the royal parade which took place in Dunedin on 14 October 1981.

Police and members of the public heard “what they took to be a shot”, according to the declassified documents obtained by news website Stuff.

Christopher Lewis, 17, fired a shot as the Queen. Likely the incident didn’t end fatality.

Lewis was arrested shortly afterwards and police discovered a rifle and used gun cartridge in a building overlooking the parade. However, the police cover up the story until now.

“Lewis did indeed originally intend to assassinate the Queen,” the documents say. But he “did not have a suitable vantage point from which to fire, nor a sufficiently high-powered rifle for the range”.

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Source: ANWAR HUSSEIN / GETTY IMAGES

The reason they kept a secret

The New Zealand government was accused of covering the incident up by former Dunedin police officer Tom Lewis in 1997.

The New Zealand authorities feared that if the incident became public knowledge, future royal visits could be called off, Stuff said. Tom Lewis said the teenager was initially facing a charge of attempted treason but that subsequently changed.

Later Lewis, accused of the murder of Auckland woman Tania Furlan, died in Mt Eden prison in 1997.

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Secret Files Revealed New Zealand Teenager Tried to Kill Queen Elizabeth - All Details Inside
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Secret Files Revealed New Zealand Teenager Tried to Kill Queen Elizabeth - All Details Inside
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A teenager tried to kill Queen Elizabeth II during a visit to New Zealand in 1981, declassified official spy documents confirm.
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