Prince Charles, 69, has been travelling from a young age as heir-to-the-throne, with one of his first visits to Australia as part of a student exchange in 1966. He has since returned to the country on multiple occasions, as have many members of the Royal Family. It was during a visit in 1994 at the age of 23, as the royal addressed the crowd that he experienced a terrifying moment. A young student fired two shots at the prince just moments after he took to the stage.
The anthropology student fired two blank shots before being tackled to the ground by a number of people on stage.
Prince Charles was hurried off the stage although appeared to remain calm during the incident, looking bemused.
Environmentalist Ian Kiernan, who was one of the men who tackled the student, told reporters: “Prince Charles was fantastic. He was as cool as a cucumber.”
In court, the student claimed his actions were to highlight the plight of Cambodian boat people imprisoned in the country.
He was given 500 hours community service, and after serving his sentence, retrained in criminal and medical law.
It isn’t the first assassination attempt on a Royal Family member.
The Queen was faced with a terrifying situation during an eight-day tour of New Zealand in 1981.
During her visit to Wellington, a 17-year old man shot at the Queen as she left her vehicle.
Secret documents recording the event were only realised earlier this year, stating of the student’s attempts: “Lewis did indeed originally intend to assassinate the Queen, however did not have a suitable vantage point from which to fire, nor a sufficiently high-powered rifle for the range from the target.”
Earlier that year, 17-year-old Marcus Sarjeant also fired at the Queen during the Trooping of the Colour, although his were six blank shots.
The royals have faced many terrifying events during their travels, with many dangerous locations part of their tours.
Kate Middleton and Prince William experienced strong tremors during an earthquake in Myanmar, which affected the Kaziranga National Park they were visiting at the time.
Thankfully the small aftershocks didn’t harm the royal couple.
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry also experienced a 6.2 magnitude earthquake during their first royal tour although were also unharmed.
Meghan was also rushed from a planned event during security fears as crowds grew during their visit to Fiji.