Family Why are the Queen’s guards so aggressive to tourists?
Royal Family: The Queen's guards pictured riding horses in full uniform in middle of 40C heatwave
This comes as temperatures in the UK reach 40.2C for the first time ever This comes as a record breaking temperature of 40.2C was set in Heathrow earlier today, Tuesday, July 19, with other places of England having also exceeded the previous record of 38.7C from 2019 by 1pm. One guard could be seen stood in position with a large metal desk fan pointed towards him in a bid to keep him cool. Water was brought out to the horses of the mounted troops.
The Queen's Guards are a contingent of infantry and cavalry soldiers whose responsibility it is to guard the official royal residences in the UK.
Recently, a clip went viral after aafter they grabbed hold of the horse's reigns for a photograph at Horse Guards.
While getting a picture with the Queen’s Guards is a tradition for many visitors to the capital, there are limits to the interaction you can have with the working horses and soldiers.
Overstepping the line can lead to serious consequences – here’s why the Queen’s guards are so aggressive to tourists:
While many may view the Queen’s Guards as simply an attraction for tourists, they are in fact elite soldiers who are there to do just that – protect the life and property of the monarch.
Public uproar as the Queen’s guards forced to wear full uniforms during heatwave
One of the highlights for tourists in London is seeing the Queen’s guards. It seems the public is in uproar over their uniforms and the current temperature.It isn’t uncommon for members of the Queen’s guards to faint whilst on duty. This often happens when it is particularly hot. Indeed, as reported by MailOnline, five guards fainted back in June as they stood outside St Paul’s Cathedral for the service of thanksgiving to mark the Queen's Platinum Jubilee.
The soldiers come from active regiments in the British Army, and any action deemed threatening, regardless of how minor, can cause them to react forcefully.
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If a member of the public touches them or their horse or invades their space, they are allowed to shout clear verbal commands at them to back off.
Additionally, if a person acts aggressively, the soldiers can present their bayonets and rifle in their direction in a drill movent called “on guard”.
The Queen’s guards can also push members of the public if they are in their way as they patrol their posts.
It may come off as aggressive to tourists, but when you realise that Guards are highly-trained elite soldiers on patrol it’s unsurprising they take their job so seriously.
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