Man sets himself on fire outside London palace of Prince William

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Man Dies After Setting Himself on Fire in Front of Kensington Palace

LONDON (Reuters) -- A man died on Tuesday after setting himself on fire outside Kensington Palace, the London home of Prince William and his wife Kate, police said.

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The incident was not being treated as suspicious or related to terrorism, they added.

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Forensics officers in overalls and masks walk by the tent erected over the scene where a man died after being discovered on fire in the park outside the wall of Kensington Palace in London on February 9, 2016. A man has died after being found on fire outside Kensington Palace in the early hours of February 9, police said. Officers were called to the London home of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge after receiving reports a man was behaving suspiciously. On arrival a man was found on fire and despite efforts from officers and paramedics the man was pronounced dead at the scene. (LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images)
Fire extinguishers are seen on the grass beside a tent erected over the scene where a man died after being discovered on fire in the park outside the wall of Kensington Palace in London on February 9, 2016. A man has died after being found on fire outside Kensington Palace in the early hours of February 9, police said. Officers were called to the London home of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge after receiving reports a man was behaving suspiciously. On arrival a man was found on fire and despite efforts from officers and paramedics the man was pronounced dead at the scene. (LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images)
A forensics officer in overalls stands at in front of the tent erected over the scene where a man died after being discovered on fire in the park outside the wall of Kensington Palace in London on February 9, 2016. A man has died after being found on fire outside Kensington Palace in the early hours of February 9, police said. Officers were called to the London home of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge after receiving reports a man was behaving suspiciously. On arrival a man was found on fire and despite efforts from officers and paramedics the man was pronounced dead at the scene. (LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images)
Forensics officers affix a label to an evidence bag with a plastic fuel canister on the floor by them as they work behind a police cordon under a tree close to the scene where a man died after being discovered on fire in the park outside the wall of Kensington Palace in London on February 9, 2016. A man has died after being found on fire outside Kensington Palace in the early hours of February 9, police said. Officers were called to the London home of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge after receiving reports a man was behaving suspiciously. On arrival a man was found on fire and despite efforts from officers and paramedics the man was pronounced dead at the scene. (LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images)
Forensics officers tie the end of an evidence bag containing a plastic fuel canister as they work behind a police cordon under a tree close to the scene where a man died after being discovered on fire in the park outside the wall of Kensington Palace in London on February 9, 2016. A man has died after being found on fire outside Kensington Palace in the early hours of February 9, police said. Officers were called to the London home of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge after receiving reports a man was behaving suspiciously. On arrival a man was found on fire and despite efforts from officers and paramedics the man was pronounced dead at the scene. (LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images)
A forensics officer in overalls gestures toward the tent erected over the scene where a man died after being discovered on fire in the park outside the wall of Kensington Palace in London on February 9, 2016. A man has died after being found on fire outside Kensington Palace in the early hours of February 9, police said. Officers were called to the London home of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge after receiving reports a man was behaving suspiciously. On arrival a man was found on fire and despite efforts from officers and paramedics the man was pronounced dead at the scene.(LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images)
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Kensington Palace is the official London home of Prince William, his wife Kate and their two children.

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Kensington Palace is the official London home of Prince William, his wife Kate and their two children.

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Police said they had been alerted just after midnight by officials from a central London hospital to say a man in their care had failed to return.

Three hours later, officers were called to a site near the locked parks of the palace, located in Kensington Gardens in central London, after reports of a man acting suspiciously. When they arrived they found the man, in his 40s, ablaze.

He was declared dead not long afterwards.

Kensington Palace is the official London residence of William although he, Kate and their two children, George and Charlotte, spend most of their time at their country mansion in Norfolk, eastern England, close to where the prince works as an air ambulance helicopter pilot.

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