LONDON -- Queen Elizabeth II pushed intruder Michael Fagan into a closet at Buckingham Palace and held him there with the help of a maid after he had threatened to commit suicide in her bedroom, an official report on the incident said today.
Home Secretary William Whitelaw, presenting the report on this 'appalling lapse of security' to parliament, said it was 'intolerable that Her Majesty should have been exposed to to this intrusion and put at risk in this way.'
The report, drawn up by Assistant Police Commissioner John Dellow, said 'a series of failures' by police officers to act properly enabled Fagan, a 31-year-old unemployed house painter, to enter the queen's bedroom July 9.
Dellow said the response of police after the queen called for help was 'completely inadequate.'
According to the report, Fagan climbed a fence into the palace grounds, pulled himself up a drainpipe into the royal apartment and set off an alarm in a room containing the monarch's priceless stamp collection. Police ignored the alarm, the report said.
Fagan then entered the queen's bedroom, carrying a piece of glass from a broken ashtray with which he intended to slash his wrists, the report said.
He pulled back curtains near the queen's bed and she pressed an alarm which failed because it had not been properly wired.
A police sergeant guarding the queen's apartment had gone off duty, the footman was outside exercising the royal corgi dogs and a maid working in another room had shut the door in order to avoid disturbing the queen.
The report said the queen asked the switchboard to call a policeman. When none had arrived after 6 minutes, she called again.
Fagan in the meantime was become 'agitated,' the report added. The queen finally attracted the attention of the maid, and between them they ushered him into a pantry on the pretext of getting him a cigarette.
The footman finally arrived and supplied Fagan with cigarettes while the queen kept the dogs under control. Eventually police arrived to take Fagan away.
Whitelaw said the crisis was handled by the queen 'with great composure and resolution.'
He announced the creation of a new police department to be based at Buckingham Palace and responsible for royal security throughout Britain.
He said an enquiry will be made into possible security risks posed by the homosexual activities of the queen's police bodyguard, Commander Michael Trestrail, who resigned Saturday.
Trestrail admitted he had consorted with a male prostitute for many years.
Whitelaw, under fire because of the sex and security scandal, got the backing of Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher on the eve of an appearence before Parliament, government sources said.
His department also is responsible for the search for the Irish Rrepublican Army terrorists who killed nine soldiers and injured more than 50 people in a double bomb attack in London Tuesday.
Mrs. Thatcher traveled to the southern harbor of Portsmouth to greet the aircraft carrier HMS Hermes -- the flagship in the Falkands camapign -- upon its return from the South Atlantic.
The prime minister flew aboard and told the crew she was deeply impressed by the way every man on board had done his duty 'not to the best of his ability but above the best of his ability'.
'There is a spirit which somehow makes us do superhuman things when we are working together for something in which we believe', she said.
Even as military units continue to pour home from the war, the so-called 'Falklands factor' that had been boosting the government's fortunes appeared to be waning rapidly as domestic problems piled up.
Apart from the embarrassing problems at the palace, the government's woes included:
-- A three-day strike in the nation's hospitals which has prevented all but emergency service in many areas.
-- The worst unemployment figures in history at 3.19 million, more than 13 percent of the labor force.
-- The revelation of yet another spy scandal, this time at the government communications headquarters, the nation's espionage nerve center. A former employee at the center has been sent for trial, and Mrs. Thatcher said she was unable to comment on the case until the court has passed judgment.