Of all the questions we get asked on a regular basis, one of the most commonly recurring relates to the Queen’s Guards. People wonder what these colourfully decorated sentries have to do with security and the well-running of royal residences and major events alike. Not only are these guardsmen and officers active soldiers in the British Army, but their role in guarding The Queen is far from just ceremonial.
Here is a small collection of videos and stories of incidents involving the guards, as a way of showing just how vital they are to royal security, and also partially for entertainment.
‘The Queen Is Almost Assaulted’
This video is a little hazy and jumpy, but you can see the gist of it. It was Trooping The Colour, 2006 and a man jumped out very near the Queen’s carriage in nothing but Union Jack coveted underwear. In the video, you can just about see how a Police officer desperately runs on to remove the man from the line of travel of Her Majesty and the Royal Escort, just managing with the help of the street liner (a guard from the Welsh guards) moves his gun into the ‘high port’ to force the man out of the line of march.
‘Annoyed On The March’
This one is perhaps one of the most famous of incidents, caught on camera here is Columbian student Nick Ibarra, 23-years-old humouring his partner, holding the camera, by mimicking the guard marching outside Clarence House (Prince Charles’s Residence), events take a nasty turn when the guard loses it and goes straight for Mr Ibarra, knocking him back. It is because of this that the guards posts outside Clarence House are now behind chains, therefore away from the public and away from being interfered with.
‘Get Off The Fence!’
This video was posted to YouTube in 2011. It features one of the guards at Buckingham Palace shouting for someone to ‘get off the fence’. This happens twice before the sentry finally moves his gun into the ‘on guard’ position to issue a final warning. Some people have asked why he didn’t go up to the railings to instruct them. The simple answer being, he isn’t allowed to. The sentry cannot leave his post until relieved by the NCO (Non-Commissioned Officer) or Guard Commander, if he does, he’ll be disciplined according to Army procedure.
‘Stand Back From The Windsor Castle Guard!’
If ever there was a need for a loud and authoritative voice, it was in this situation. What seems to be a collection of students on a visit to Windsor Castle in November 2012, arrives on site and comes past the sentry (this time from the Coldstream Guards), irritating him along the way. The final straw for this poor guardsman was when they started poking around in his Sentry Box, at which point he followed correct procedure and issued a clear, concise and serious warning to them, after which they were quickly ushered away by on site security.
Clarence House – Angry Guard
This incident was of a similar token to the previously mentioned ‘get off the fence’ one. The child in this video is constantly leaning on the fence before the sentry decides he’s having none of this, briskly slopes arms and scalds the child with a harsh stare and terrifying scream.
If you have any stories or videos to share of incidents involving the Queen’s Guards, please share them in the comments box below.