PRINCESS Anne has handed a hero policeman a bravery medal for helping to foil a plot to kidnap her.
Sunderland-born Pc Ivor MacGregor got the Queen’s Police Medal for his lifelong service to policing, including his gallant rescue of Anne in 1974.
Yesterday, the grateful royal presented him with his honour at a special ceremony in Buckingham Palace.
The Metropolitan Police officer was on patrol in Oxford Street when he was directed to assist at The Mall where Anne’s Rolls-Royce had been blocked off.
Pc MacGregor described the event as one of the highlights of his career.
“I was just a young officer in my 20s when I was called out to the Princess Anne kidnap attempt,” he said.
“I saw the royal car and someone shouted, ‘that’s him’, so I ran after him without thinking and he turned round and pointed his gun at me.
“I jumped on him instinctively and held him down as he struggled until help arrived.”
Four people were shot and wounded as Ian Ball, a mentally ill man, opened fire with a revolver.
The injured included Anne’s bodyguard Jim Beaton, later awarded the George Cross for bravery.
During his 42 years of service, Pc MacGregor has received a number of commendations, including one for the arrest and conviction of a double murderer.
He said: “I think I have seen the best of the police service. It’s been brilliant. I have loved every second of it.”