This Day In History: 1974-03-20

1974 A kidnap attempt on Princess Anne and Captain Mark Phillips was thwarted by her bodyguard who was himself shot. The royal couple were returning to Buckingham Palace along Pall Mall when their Rolls-Royce was stopped by another car which blocked their route. A man appeared from the vehicle and fired six shots, it was never ascertained why on earth anybody would want to spend time with Princess Anne while asking for a ransom.