Queen's Elite Bodyguard Arrested on Drug Charges After 'White Powder' Found in Palace
Coldstream Guard found with 'nine bags of cocaine and ketamine'
One of the Queen's elite bodyguards has been arrested on suspicion of drug possession after "white powder" was discovered in a bathroom at St James's Palace, according to reports.
The guard was reported taken into custody after he was found with nine bags of cocaine and ketamine among his possessions.
Police searched the private's room and car at Wellington Barracks by Buckingham Palace after discovering the white powder.
The Royal Military Police arrested the Coldstream Guardsman on Tuesday.
He has also been removed from ceremonial duties pending the outcome of the investigation.
The British Army has confirmed a soldier had been arrested for "suspected drug offense."
Officers launched an investigation after white powder was found in the guardroom toilets where the soldier had been on duty, reported The Sun.
They then uncovered five bags of what was suspected to be cocaine.
Four bags of ketamine, a horse sedative that is also a Class A drug, were also found.
The guard was identified as Private Jack Prescott, 19.
An Army spokesman told MailOnline: "We can confirm that a soldier from the Coldstream Guards has been arrested for a suspected drug offense by the Royal Military Police.
"It would be inappropriate to comment further."
The Coldstream Guards, nicknamed "Lilywhites," were formed in the English Civil War when Oliver Cromwell gave Colonel George Monck permission to have his own regiment.
After Cromwell's death, Monck supported the monarchy and on January 1, 1660, crossed the River Tweed into England at the village of Coldstream and began a five-week march to London.
It is the oldest continuously-serving regiment in the British Army.
Alongside serving as an elite infantry regiment is has a ceremonial role as protectors of the royal palaces, including Windsor Castle and Buckingham Palace.
The Regimental Band of the Coldstream Guards is one of the oldest and best-known military marching bands in the world.