Queen Elizabeth II’s bodyguards take their jobs very seriously. For hours they remain almost motionless in their place. A tourist captured on video what happens when they lose their composure.
LONDON – The bodyguards protecting Queen Elizabeth II, 96, and her family are known for their serious expressions and unwavering discipline. A tourist had to experience first-hand that the soldiers of the British royal family are not to be trifled with.
Hands off: Queen’s guard loudly defends against unsuspecting visitor
Year after year, visitors from all over the world flock to London to admire sights such as Big Ben and Tower Bridge up close. Buckingham Palace is often at the top of their list, but Queen Elizabeth rarely visits it. The magnificent building is guarded by the soldiers of the Queen’s Guard, who repeatedly have to contend with curious tourists.
A TikTok user was able to capture a rather unfortunate meeting between a guard and a tourist with his cell phone camera. When a woman poses for a photo next to a soldier on horseback and takes the reins of the horse in her hand, the Queen’s Guard’s uniform collar bursts unceremoniously. “Stand back from the Queen’s lifeguard, don’t touch the reins!” .
“He’s just doing his job”: Internet community defends Queen’s Guard
The short clip has now been viewed millions of times, but the majority of TikTok users can understand the guard’s unmistakable reaction. One user called the woman’s behavior “stupid and disrespectful,” while another stressed that “the soldier is just doing his job.”
Queen Elizabeth II should not have noticed anything about the incident. The monarch has now made Windsor Castle her main residence. The 96-year-old is currently enjoying her summer vacation in Scotland. Other family members will probably keep her company there in the coming weeks, and Prince Harry (37) and Meghan Markle (40) are said to have received an invitation to Balmoral. Sources used: tiktok.com