'Scottish' unicorn knocked off Buckingham Palace gates by delivery lorry

A unicorn representing Scotland at the entrance to Buckingham Palace has been severely damaged after being knocked down by a lorry.

Making up the Royal Coat of Arms on the palace's North Centre Gate, the large unicorn symbol came crashing down on Tuesday morning.It is understood a vehicle was conducting early morning deliveries when it collided with the gates at the iconic royal residence.Photographs have emerged showing the fallen unicorn on the ground, with decorative chains and garlands in pieces on the setts outside the palace.The mythical beast's counterpart, the lion, which represents England, is pictured alone on the gates and a telling gap where the unicorn would normally be situated.A spokesperson for Buckingham Palace confirmed the Royal Coat of Arms had been damaged following a collision with a lorry.They said: “We can confirm an incident took place yesterday morning where a lorry damaged the North Centre Gate at Buckingham Palace.

“The matter is currently being investigated.”The North Centre Gate is used as the main vehicle access to Buckingham Palace, with the adjacent Central Gate reserved primarily for state and ceremonial occasions.

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The gates at Buckingham Palace are decorated with elaborate Royal Coat of Arms fixtures. Picture: CC BY-SA 3.0