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Then in the video today we’re looking at whether the queen’s guard
really can’t react to people while they’re on duty.
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The queen’s guard comprises ofvarious soldiers tasked with
guarding the residences of the Queenand by extension the Queen herself.
Consisting of soldiers mostly hand-picked from
five elite regiments within the British military.
The Queen’s guards are internationally renowned for their stoic dedication to duty.
However, contrary to popular belief,
these soldiers are permitted tomove and do so regularly
even when just on guard duty hands,
not on parades
and in certain circumstances,
do react to hecklers or the like.
That said while on dutyoutside of the Queen’s residences,
these sentries are trained to remainunflinching in the face of everything
from extreme weather to
screaming abuse a few inches from their faces.
In fact, if they end up having torelieve themselves during
two-hour shifts, generally two hours on four hours off,
they remain just as outwardlyunflappable instructed to simply
perform their necessities rightin their thick woolen trousers,
which according to guardsman Shaun Marsden are
sufficiently dark to cover their embarrassment.
While this might seem a short span of time.
Do you ever have this occur?
It should be noted that on hot summer days,
guardsmen are instructed to drinkvery large amounts of water
before going on duty, to attempt to preventheatstroke and dehydration.
But despite these nasty insof British stoicism reputations,
they do move regularly at least every 10 minutes.
They will turn and patrol their post.
This usually involves taking 10 or 20 paces one way
and then back before once again resuming their vigil.
Occasionally, a guard may also perform such a march
to approach an individual within their vicinity,
who is being a particular nuisance or the like.
That’s the more common purpose of these little jaunt
is usually just to get the blood flowing again
to keep it from pooling too much in their legs,
potentially causing the soldier to faint.
Speaking of fainting, if a soldier begins tofeel themselves succumbing to such,
they are taught to faint to attention.
This basically means that they must faint
while maintaining their standing at a tension pose.
In practice when achieved, this tends to result in
them falling rather rigidly over like a toy soldier,
which is why there are pictures ofGuardsmen laying facedown
rather than more or less crumpled on the Internet.
Fellow Queen’s Guard members around said individual
are forbidden from deviating fromtheir duty if this occurs,
and will in fact march straight overtheir fallen comrade if necessary.
Medical personnel will of course be sent out to
attend to the individual when this is observed.
While not a common occurrence, thisdoes happen every now and again.
For instance during the 2017 trooping the colour
in which temperatures sat around 27°C, that is 80℉,
five of the Queen’s Guard baking in their many
layered thick uniforms and bear-skin hats passed out.
Beyond the fainting and the marching,
the guards may also move aboutin a variety of other ways.
They are guards after all.
However, given their role has largely been reduced to
a merely symbolic one with local lawenforcement to generally
taking care of any problems that arise aroundthe Queen’s residences.
Today, one of these elite soldiersbreaking their normal stoic stance
is generally simply due to tourists
rather than a real threat
or the need for them to perform as actual guards,
that said the members of the Queen’s Guard will rarely
openly react to tourists, taking photos
or telling them jokes to try and make them laugh,
hands on in fact, specificallyinstructed to ignore stuff like this.
However, if a group of tourists is being especially annoying,
the guard may make their best effort to
ruin the picture or the like.
For instance, by suddenly turning and marching right
when the tourists are all posingfor a photograph with the guard.
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In one instance, we came across a guardsman noted
that he had continuously just marchedwhen such tourists are around
passively aggressively getting themback for their disrespect
somewhat akin to these Seinfeld super Nazi.
Speaking of marching,
should you get in the way of a member ofthe Queen’s Guard who is doing this,
you’ll likely find yourself
having said soldier shout something to the effect of
“Make way for Her Majesty’s guard!”
Failure to move out of the waywill result in you being knocked over.
There’s one hapless man found out in 2015.
Although it to be fair to said man
no one in the guards chose to yell “Make way”
until after they ran into him
and he clearly was oblivious to their presencebefore the collision,
so he wasn’t trying to disrespect him.
One guardsman also noted that while exceptionally,
rare occasionally a tourist will tell aparticularly good joke
which may elicit a smile or even laughter from him
though if a soldier is caught in such a slip in composure
they get docked pay a few days to a week’s worth
depending on the severity of the infraction.
They may even face other punishments
including in extreme cases being kicked off the guard.
Thus while trying to get the guardto lose their composure
may see more fun and games to tourists
if one is successful than the guard superiors find out
that person may just to screwed withthe livelihood, said soldier
who is in the first place
not exactly getting rich being a member of the guard.
They are generally paid somewhere between ￡1,200-2,000 a month
which is about $1,500-2,600.
As for sanctioned interactions with people,
should the guard deem someone enough of a nuisance
though not necessarily a real threat
with in that case the guards free to reacts
however they see fit to deal with a situation,
they are instructed to do the following：
Come to attention sharply, involving a very loud stamp,
which is all the more startling
when said soldier was otherwise motionless before.
Shouting sharp instructionsat the individual being a nuisance.
This might be something like
“Step back from the Queen’s Guard! ”
with the guards required to keep their warnings
and ultimatums brief and to the points.
Then, there is marching towards the individual
and pointing the bayonetted rifle
directly at the person being a nuisance.
If all else fails, they can detain the personcausing the disturbance
or press a button in the sentry boxwhich will alert police
and they’ll come and deal with the situation.
One potential almost sure faraway ofeliciting such a strong reaction
is to touch the guard or otherwiseexhibit extremely disrespectful behavior,
such as marching along beside the soldier
in a mocking fashion, while insulting the guard verbally.
And if you’re wondering whether said rifles
that are pointed at your face in such a scenario
are loaded or not, well, they’re usually not,
though one imagines having a sharpened bayonet
wielded by a highly trained soldier shoved in your face
is intimidating enough, even if you know that
the gun attached to it’s not loaded.
Occasionally the guard do carry ammunition with them
though particularly when there’s knowledge of
a credible threat to the safety of Queen,
or nation, or otherwise,
when a heightened state of security is ordered.
In these cases, if necessary,
the soldier can load the rifle in a blink of an eye
by simply ejecting the empty magazine
and popping a full one in.
And yes, as actual guards even if their duties today
are mostly ceremony and practice,
said individuals are authorized to usedeadly force when appropriate
most notably if they feeltheir own lives members of the royal family
or the general publicnear their guard post are endangered.
As an idea of what the Queen’s Guard
have long had to deal with from people
former Guardsmen or Ronald Tibbets notes.
Some march up and down with usand others pull out bearskins.
Some people put fag ends down the rifle butts.
Some stick oranges on the end of the bayonet.
It’s also noted that having banana peelsor other such items
placed along the soldiers’ marching routeis occasionally a thing.
People also sometimes attempt tountie the guards’ shoelaces.
One member of the guards even noted
it wasn’t uncommon for people to stick pins in you
to try and make a guardsman flinch.
It’s not all bad though sinceguardsmen have noted that
some people are quite respectful when approaching for photographs and the like.
Further one guardsman noted in an interview
there was a general perk of frequently
having women flash guards to get a reaction,
and also sometimes having phone numbersand addresses
slipped into their pockets by those women,
no doubt wanting to see
whether the ability to stand at attentionfor hours at a time
translates into the “bedroom”.
Today many problems the Queen’s guardshave long had
with the general public has been mitigated somewhat.
To get around the fact that the public seemingly
can’t be trusted to act respectfully around, said soldiers,
the guards in many but not all cases
now stand behind fences or roped-off areas.
They still have to deal with the heckling, of course,
but at least now, can in many posts
avoid being stuck with pins.
And now for some bonus facts,
given the mostly ceremonial natureof the posting these days,
you might be wondering
what the guards actually think aboutwhile standing for so long?
One guardsman noted:
“Sometimes I just watch people.”
that after all being partiallywhat they’re supposed to be doing,
keeping alert for any threats.
But at other times:
“I tend to sing songs in my head or try to remember
as much of a movie from start to finish in my head…
I’ve gotten pretty good at that.”
Before a parade, the iconic bearskin hats
of the Queen’s Guard are shampooed and conditioned,
to make them look as glossy and as full as possible.
And now for another facts:
individual soldiers are also expected to comb their hats on a daily basis
these bearskin hats aremade from Canadian brown bear
and generally weigh about 1kg.
though gets significantly heavier when it’s raining.
And now for another fact:
the practice of the guard wearing large bearskin hats
dates back to the early 19th century.
With that purpose, primarily men’s to intimidate
by making the soldier wearing it. It look much taller.
And now for another bonus fact:
in some ways the Queens’ guardare comparable to the soldiers
who guard the tomb of the unknowns in the U.S.
Both are famed for their discipline andcommitment to duty,
and both can contrary to popular opinion
deviate from the strict regimented routine.
Should a member of the publicact in a disrespectful manner?
And now for another bonus fact:
although the soldiers who serve in the Queen’s Guard
are invariably a member from one of the 5 regiments
of the foot guard from the British Army’s household division,
specifically, the Grenadier Guards,the Coldstream Guards, the Scots Guards
the Irish Guards, the Welsh Guards, meaning the Queen
is protected by soldiers from the four countries
that make up the United Kingdom.
They can, in theory, hail from any regiment
serving in the Commonwealth.
Because of this the duties ofthe Queen’s guards on occasion
have been assumed by everyonefrom the Royal Marines
to the Canadian Expeditionary Force over the years.
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