Queen Victoria managed to survive seven assassination attempts over 64 years on the throne.
The first would-be killer, Edward Oxford, fired two pistols at the Queen on what was to become a series of unfortunate jollies in her carriage.
Queen Victoria was actually rather laidback about the death thing. The assassin behind the second attempt, John Francis, was originally sentenced to death. Rather than face the noose, Queen Victoria sent him off to Australia, because there’s absolutely nothing in Australia that can kill you.
It seemed that the third guy, John William Bean, fancied a trip down under too. He tried to fire into the Queen’s carriage just five weeks later, but his gun misfired and he escaped through the crowd. The police were told to be on the lookout for a “hunchbacked dwarf”. In what we imagine was the fastest police search in history, Bean was arrested and only sentenced to 18 months in jail, given his young age of 17 and the bumbling nature of the attempt (most people in his vicinity hadn’t even realised he’d taken a shot at the Queen).