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24th May '17 6:54:31 AM SeanMurrayI
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Another inaccuracy in the media is that often the guard is quite small, or at least only average height [[CompensatingForSomething (hence the great big hats)]]. In fact, the Brigade of Guards traditionally insists on recruits being [[TheBigGuy at least six feet tall]].

If you're really in a mood to play games with these guys, [[BullyingADragon don't expect to come out unscathed.]] RealityIsUnrealistic; you have been warned.

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Another inaccuracy in the media is that often the guard is quite small, or at least only average height [[CompensatingForSomething (hence the great big hats)]]. hats). In fact, the Brigade of Guards traditionally insists on recruits being [[TheBigGuy at least six feet tall]].

tall.

If you're really in a mood to play games with these guys, [[BullyingADragon don't expect to come out unscathed.]] unscathed. RealityIsUnrealistic; you have been warned.
23rd May '17 8:25:55 PM Sylderon
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Another inaccuracy in the media is that often the guard is quite small, or at least only average height [[CompensatingForSomething {hence the great big hats)]]. In fact, the Brigade of Guards traditionally insists on recruits being [[TheBigGuy at least six feet tall]].

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Another inaccuracy in the media is that often the guard is quite small, or at least only average height [[CompensatingForSomething {hence (hence the great big hats)]]. In fact, the Brigade of Guards traditionally insists on recruits being [[TheBigGuy at least six feet tall]].
23rd May '17 8:23:34 PM Sylderon
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Another inaccuracy in the media is that often the guard is quite small, or at least only average height. In fact, the Brigade of Guards traditionally insists on recruits being at least six feet tall.

If you're really in a mood to play games with these guys, don't expect to come out unscathed. RealityIsUnrealistic; you have been warned.

to:

Another inaccuracy in the media is that often the guard is quite small, or at least only average height. height [[CompensatingForSomething {hence the great big hats)]]. In fact, the Brigade of Guards traditionally insists on recruits being [[TheBigGuy at least six feet tall.

tall]].

If you're really in a mood to play games with these guys, [[BullyingADragon don't expect to come out unscathed. unscathed.]] RealityIsUnrealistic; you have been warned.
23rd May '17 8:20:01 PM Sylderon
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Whenever our ensemble cast goes on an adventure touring UsefulNotes/{{Britain}} (and by "Britain" we mean, of course, [[BritainIsOnlyLondon "London"]]), there's always going to come a point where one or all of our characters wind up at Buckingham Palace where he/she/they will, no doubt, encounter these oddly-dressed [[TheStoic emotionless]] soldiers in [[NiceHat giant, furry hats]] and red shirts who appear to be extremely disciplined and dedicated to following a strict code that seems to entail only two things:

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Whenever our ensemble cast goes on an adventure touring UsefulNotes/{{Britain}} (and by "Britain" we mean, of course, [[BritainIsOnlyLondon "London"]]), there's always going to come a point where one or all of our characters wind up at Buckingham Palace where he/she/they will, no doubt, encounter these oddly-dressed [[TheStoic emotionless]] soldiers in [[NiceHat giant, furry hats]] and red shirts jackets who appear to be extremely disciplined and dedicated to following a strict code that seems to entail only two things:
12th May '17 5:24:42 PM Generalcamo
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However, this becomes more and more of a DiscreditedTrope as time goes by and can now effectively be considered a DeadHorseTrope. Silly hats and clothes aside, these guys take their jobs ''[[SeriousBusiness very]]'' [[SeriousBusiness seriously]]; guard duty at Buckingham Palace isn't a purely ceremonial posting like Arlington but part of the security arrangements for the UK's head of state, and those rifles are ''loaded''. And the reason there are five whole Guards infantry regiments, plus two of cavalry, and one of ceremonial Horse Artillery? They're rotated between "public duties" and deployments abroad and have quite a long list of battle honours, including Afghanistan and Iraq. The Guards cavalry are an armoured cavalry regiment when not on ceremonial duties. The Royal Horse Artillery alternate between ceremonial duties, public displays, and terms of active deployment as regular artillerymen -- although they leave the horses and limbers at home and are fully mechanized for this duty. They are responsible for firing the twenty-one gun salutes in Hyde Park and elsewhere on Royal occasions, and do so from pieces that last saw active service in UsefulNotes/WW1.

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However, this becomes more and more of a DiscreditedTrope as time goes by and can now effectively be considered a DeadHorseTrope. Silly hats and clothes aside, these guys take their jobs ''[[SeriousBusiness very]]'' [[SeriousBusiness seriously]]; guard duty at Buckingham Palace isn't a purely ceremonial posting like Arlington (and even they can intervene when a crowd gets unruly or disruptive), but part of the security arrangements for the UK's head of state, and those rifles are ''loaded''. And the reason there are five whole Guards infantry regiments, plus two of cavalry, and one of ceremonial Horse Artillery? They're rotated between "public duties" and deployments abroad and have quite a long list of battle honours, including Afghanistan and Iraq. The Guards cavalry are an armoured cavalry regiment when not on ceremonial duties. The Royal Horse Artillery alternate between ceremonial duties, public displays, and terms of active deployment as regular artillerymen -- although they leave the horses and limbers at home and are fully mechanized for this duty. They are responsible for firing the twenty-one gun salutes in Hyde Park and elsewhere on Royal occasions, and do so from pieces that last saw active service in UsefulNotes/WW1.
10th Apr '17 6:59:45 PM nombretomado
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* In ''ShanghaiKnights'' Roy plays the part of the annoying tourist. After failing to provoke a reaction, he gives the guard a friendly pat on the shoulder, and receives a GroinAttack with the butt of the guard's rifle in return. Apparently, at least in that universe, [[SubvertedTrope the guards are allowed to react if you touch them]].

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* In ''ShanghaiKnights'' ''Film/ShanghaiKnights'' Roy plays the part of the annoying tourist. After failing to provoke a reaction, he gives the guard a friendly pat on the shoulder, and receives a GroinAttack with the butt of the guard's rifle in return. Apparently, at least in that universe, [[SubvertedTrope the guards are allowed to react if you touch them]].
7th Apr '17 11:13:48 AM SeanMurrayI
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If you're really in a mood to play games with these guys, don't expect to come out unscathed. They are trained soldiers with a job to do. RealityIsUnrealistic; you have been warned.

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If you're really in a mood to play games with these guys, don't expect to come out unscathed. They are trained soldiers with a job to do. RealityIsUnrealistic; you have been warned.
4th Apr '17 8:20:38 AM jazzyamx
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If you're really in a mood to play games with these guys, don't expect to come out unscathed. RealityIsUnrealistic; you have been warned.

to:

If you're really in a mood to play games with these guys, don't expect to come out unscathed. They are trained soldiers with a job to do. RealityIsUnrealistic; you have been warned.
1st Apr '17 9:18:53 AM Buck
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* In one video a queens guard becomes friendly with a child for his birthday and in another video, a guard in Sweden played with a child. It's still not a good idea to try something with them as they will give strong responses to people who cause too many problems or break too many rules, Royal guards are meant to be the best of the best since they are protecting royalty.

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* In one video a queens guard becomes friendly with a child for his birthday and in another video, a guard in Sweden played with a child. It's still not a good idea to try something with them as they will give strong responses to people who cause too many problems or break too many rules, Royal royal guards are meant to be the best of the best since they are protecting royalty.
1st Apr '17 9:18:12 AM Buck
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* In one video a queens guard becomes friendly with a child for his birthday and in another video, a guard in Sweden played with a child. It's still not a good idea to try something with them as they will give strong responses to people who cause too many problems. Royal guards are meant to be the best of the best since they are protecting royalty so they will not hold back if you press the wrong button, regardless of how old you are.

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* In one video a queens guard becomes friendly with a child for his birthday and in another video, a guard in Sweden played with a child. It's still not a good idea to try something with them as they will give strong responses to people who cause too many problems. problems or break too many rules, Royal guards are meant to be the best of the best since they are protecting royalty so they will not hold back if you press the wrong button, regardless of how old you are.royalty.
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