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HOME SECRETARY David Blunkett was today being handed a report explaining how a stand-up comedian managed to gatecrash Prince William's 21st birthday party.

Aaron Barschak, 36, is believed to have slipped past tight security at Windsor Castle during the Africa-themed event and reportedly climbed on stage as the Prince was making a speech.

He was later bailed to return to a London police station on a date next month pending further inquiries.

The incident sparked concerns over security surrounding the royals and Mr Blunkett ordered an urgent inquiry into the breach.

An initial report into the incident was reportedly landing on his desk today after he ordered an immediate review of the incident, to be led by police and royal security advisers.

Mr Blunkett said a further, more in-depth inquiry may be ordered depending on the outcome of the initial review of events.

The Metropolitan Police, which is responsible for security within the grounds of the royal home, said the intruder was not armed when he was arrested.

"We consider any breach of security to be a serious matter and a thorough review into all the circumstances surrounding the incident is under way," a spokesman said.

The review is to be carried out by an independent senior officer, Commander Frank Armstrong from City of London Police.

Aaron's father Fred Barschak said he had recognised his son as the man being led away by police following the incident but stressed he would not have intended to harm anyone at the fancy dress party.

Police would not confirm the man's identity but said a 36-year-old man from London had been arrested on suspicion of burglary, which covers unauthorised people entering premises.

Mr Barschak, 72, a property developer, said his son was probably trying to publicise his act.

The comedian regularly dresses up as al Qaida leader Osama bin Laden and goes under the name Comedy Terrorist.

His previous targets have included London Mayor Ken Livingstone.

Barschak was seen outside Windsor Castle parading in a pink dress, turban, sunglasses and false beard as guests arrived.


PARTY DRAMA: Prince William; SHOCKING IN PINK Aaron Barschak outside Windsor Castle earlier in the evening, and without disguise (left)
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Date:Jun 23, 2003
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