Princess Alexandra was sitting beside the magistrate at the South East London juvenile court, Greenwich, yesterday, when a 16-year-old Scottish boy picked up a chair and hurled it at the bench.
The Princess ducked, but the chair struck the table in front of the magistrate and fell to the ground.
As the boy was being led from the room, he swung round and ran towards the bench. A court official grabbed him, but, kicking and screaming, the boy lifted up the chair and threw it.
The boy had appeared on remand after he had admitted stealing a pewter mug from a tramp at Waterloo Station. Police said that he had run away from his home in Kirkcaldy to London, where the tramp had befriended him. The boy was remanded for a further two weeks to Wormwood Scrubs.
Princess Alexandra was a surprise visitor to the court. She listened to cases for about three hours, sitting near Mr Dermot Morrah, presiding.