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10th February 1840: Queen Victoria (1819 - 1901) and Prince Albert (1819 - 1861) on their return from the marriage service at St James's Palace, London. Original Artwork: Engraved by S Reynolds after F Lock. (Photo by Rischgitz/Getty Images)

10th February 1840: Queen Victoria (1819 – 1901) and Prince Albert (1819 – 1861) on their return from the marriage service at St James’s Palace, London. Original Artwork: Engraved by S Reynolds after F Lock. (Photo by Rischgitz/Getty Images)

The Stalker who Stole Queen Victoria’s Underwear

He caused a right royal fuss by breaking into Buckingham Palace, sitting on the throne, sleeping in a servant?s bed and even stealing Queen Victoria?s knickers.

But brazen Edward Jones has earned a place in the history books ? as the world?s first celebrity stalker. Even by the standards of modern celebrity culture, the 14-year-old went to astonishing lengths to get close to the object of his admiration by breaking into the palace.

Edward Jones, or?the boy Jones, as he was called by the British newspapers of the early?Victorian era, was a notorious intruder into?Buckingham Palace?between 1838 and 1841.? In 1838, aged 14, he entered Buckingham Palace, disguised as a?sweep. He was caught by a porter in the Marble Hall and, after a chase, captured by the police in?St James?s Street, with Queen Victoria?s underwear stuffed down his trousers and even twice sat on her throne!

Following her coronation in 1838, Britain’s Queen Victoria was a very frightened young woman. She was being relentlessly pursued by the strange teenager, who had an uncanny ability to sneak into Buckingham Palace without being detected.

“If he had come into my bedroom, how frightened I would have been,” the Queen wrote in her journal after the Boy Jones had been hauled out from underneath a sofa in her dressing room.

Jones was a strange kind of stalker; he didn’t follow the Queen everywhere, but had a fascination with Buckingham Palace itself instead. If he had shown signs of being a madman, they would have locked him up immediately but he could be fully lucid.

As a result of his intrusions into Buckingham Palace, the Boy Jones became a media celebrity. His exploits were the subject of popular verse, songs, and prints and lewd newspaper speculation about what he had really seen in the young Queen’s dressing room. Fearful that he might injure or even assassinate the Queen, or kidnap the Princess Royal, the government of Prime Minister Lord Melbourne wanted to get rid of the Boy Jones at all costs.

But “simple trespass,” even into Buckingham Palace itself, was not a criminal offense. However, the government was so fearful of what tales the Boy Jones might tell about the various intimate details he had seen when spying in the Queen’s private rooms that Jones was twice tried?in camera?and sentenced to three months in prison by the Privy Council. He remains the last person to have been given this dubious honour.

Undeterred by his apprehension by London police, Boy Jones scaled the walls of Buckingham Palace shortly after the birth of the first princess, walked around a bit ? and left, undetected. That winter, he broke in again and fell asleep under one of the settees in the Queen?s chamber, only chased out in the middle of the night when a nurse discovered him. At this point the court considered him to be more than a nuisance, and in fact a potential threat. Thus, powers that be briefly sent Boy Jones to prison. Upon his release, he was encouraged to join the Navy, but declined. Instead, he started sneaking into the royal apartments and eating all of their snacks.

This time Boy Jones was sentenced to three months hard labour, which didn?t seem to deter him as he continued to loiter around Buckingham Palace until the British government forced him to join the military. When they ported back in London, he would occasionally attempt to make a break for it and go back to the palace, but would be apprehended.

He kept stalking the Queen so the government decided to get rid of him. They kidnapped him and put him on a ship to Brazil but he came back, so he was kidnapped again and incarcerated on a prison ship which was never allowed near the shore in case he escaped.

He was kept on board for six years. Jones, became an alcoholic after his release and then became a burglar. He was deported to Australia where he sold pies but came back to Britain.

Jones’s brother persuaded him to go to Australia again and he became the town crier of Perth. He was very annoyed about always being known for being the queen’s stalker and felt persecuted by the jokes, even in Australia. He died on Boxing Day 1893, when he was in his 70s, after falling off a bridge drunk and landing on his head.

What made The Boy Jones story wasn?t his persistence, but the faulty security of the palace. In today?s world, it?s pretty shocking when someone manages to crash a White House dinner ? and those lapses are regarded more as national security threats than stories of almost urban legend status. Lucky for Victoria and Albert, The Boy Jones was never interested in overthrowing the British Monarchy; he just wanted the Queen?s undies.

Story of Boy Jones who stole Queen Victoria’s underwear

The stalker who stole Queen Victoria’s underwear

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