In 1842 Victoria was driving down the Mall in an open carriage. A man stepped from the crowd and fired a pistol at her, then escaped.
John Francis hadn't the money to charge the pistol properly so Victoria survived. How did Sir Robert Peel plan to catch the gunman? He told the queen to drive in the same place at the same time the next day to see if the assassin tried again! She agreed! The plan worked and the man was caught. John Francis was transported to the penal colony of Australia but the queen was not amused; she had wanted him hanged. Vile Victoria.