Why you don’t harass the Queen’s Guard

The moment a Queen’s Guard soldier lost it and drew his gun at annoying tourist

  • tom_billesley

    He just presented his bayonet point for close inspection by the fool.

  • WhiteRabbit3

    As decorative as these guards are, they serve a very serious purpose, and the weapons they carry are not for show.
    Some people have to figure that out the hard (although not the hardest) way.

    • Good to know.

    • Canadian

      The idiot should have known not to touch him.

  • Frances

    He didn’t lose it; he followed standing orders as to how to deal with such idiots.

    • AlanUK

      Totally agree.
      You do not mess with any military personnel when on duty!

  • Alain

    There is no shortage of idiots on the international level. This guy was Japanese and he and his group thought it would be funny, even though they never would have dared trying the same thing in Japan with a police officer or military. There are tourists like this from every country, and they are the ones who give all tourists a bad name.

    • Justin St.Denis

      Japanese tourists are known for being extremely disrespectful of other cultures wherever they travel. They also still believe they are a superior race, MacArthur notwithstanding.

      • Alain

        Actually they are no better nor worse than any other nationality on group tours. I have witnessed equally bad behaviour by Americans, Canadians, Germans, French and Indians in my worldly travels. I think it is the group thing that brings out the worst in people. Just my guess anyway.

        • terrence

          I have seen quite a few German tourists being complete jerks – they acted as if they owned the places they were, and the peasants who lived there had better get out of their way, even if you were standing still..

          • Justin St.Denis

            Many people note that about Germans, but It is far more applicable to the Spanish, who behave like entitled loudmouthed ignorant bullies wherever they can be found in numbers greater than two.

        • Justin St.Denis

          Good point. I would refine it somewhat to “groups of young(er) people”. But group behaviours can get weird…

      • David Murrell

        General Curtis Lemay and the two atomic bombs notwithstanding…

        • Justin St.Denis

          Atomic bombs cannot and do not accomplish what my comment was referencing. Surely you know that…

  • kkruger71

    Once you actually touch the guard, as this guy did, all bets are off.

  • Rosenmops

    It’s a wonder some enricher hasn’t tried to shoot or behead one of the Queen’s guards if they let the public get up close to them like that. I hope that gun is loaded.

    • Very true.

    • Alain

      My understanding is that they are not allowed loaded guns, but I could be mistaken.

      • Doug Kursk

        They are palace guards, not ceremonial..they carry loaded weapons.

  • Ron MacDonald

    I saw the Danish Queen’s Guard do the same thing in 1998, scared the shit out of the tourist that were harassing him.

    • David Murrell

      The guards have a standard operating procedure to follow, as in this case.

  • simus1

    The old style 303 Lee-Enfield rifle was much more useful as a better balanced and showier ceremonial parade tool and in many other ways including seeing off kibitzers or the inattentive. I’ve heard a skillfully executed drill movement with a little extra panache could bring the stock’s butt plate down on nearby unwary toes with a wide range of resulting pain suited to the offenders misdeeds.