History Main / BritishRoyalGuards

2nd Sep '16 5:47:33 PM AgProv
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* Other nations have their equivalent of British Royal Guards. While France is a Republic and its version is technically a part of the Police Force and is even ''called'' the Republican Guard, the men who protect the President can trace their origins in pretty much unbroken line back to Napoleon's Imperial Guard. Their ceremonial uniforms, especially the cavalry troops, [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Republican_Guard_(France)#/media/File:BastilleDay_FrenchRepublicanGuard_(pixinn.net).jpg certainly have a Napoleonic air to them]].
2nd Sep '16 5:36:02 PM AgProv
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* in a different monarchy, the Royal Guards of the Norwegian King, the Hans Majestet Kongens Garde (HMKG), have a mascot - and honorary Colonel-In-Chief - called Sir Nils Olav II. (This King Penguin is also a Norwegian knight and has a statue erected in his honour, at the HMKG barracks near Oslo).

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* in a different monarchy, the Royal Guards of the Norwegian King, the Hans Majestet Kongens Garde (HMKG), have a mascot - and honorary Colonel-In-Chief - called Sir Nils Olav II. (This King Penguin is also a Norwegian knight and has a statue erected in his honour, at the HMKG barracks near Oslo). The HMKG have an equally direct manner with anyone intruding on their king's peace and like their British counterparts, are fully trained in security and respond quickly to alerts. They also don't like anyone taking the piss while they are on ceremonials. Their active response company was the first part of the Norwegian Army to be on the scene on [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2011_Norway_attacks the 22nd July attacks]] to support the civil police.
2nd Sep '16 5:29:39 PM AgProv
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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 srtilerrymen - although they leave the horses and limbers at home and are fully mechanised for this duty. They are responsible for firing the twenty-one gun salutes in Hyde Park and elsewhere on Royal occassions, and do so from pieces that last saw active service in 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 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 srtilerrymen artilerrymen - although they leave the horses and limbers at home and are fully mechanised for this duty. They are responsible for firing the twenty-one gun salutes in Hyde Park and elsewhere on Royal occassions, and do so from pieces that last saw active service in WW1.
2nd Sep '16 5:28:50 PM AgProv
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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? 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.

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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? 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.
duties. The Royal Horse Artillery alternate between ceremonial duties, public displays, and terms of active deployment as regular srtilerrymen - although they leave the horses and limbers at home and are fully mechanised for this duty. They are responsible for firing the twenty-one gun salutes in Hyde Park and elsewhere on Royal occassions, and do so from pieces that last saw active service in WW1.
2nd Sep '16 5:24:17 PM AgProv
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* During the Trooping of the Colour ceremony in 1981, an unhinged assailant fired what turned out to be blank rounds at Queen Elizabeth II, causing her horse to bolt and gallop away, giving her an uncomfortable minute or so in the saddle until she was able to calm and control her mount. The first two people to confront and capture the attacker were soldiers of the Scots Guards who were lining the parade route. Even though their rifles were unloaded for ceremonial duty, and they were confronting a clearly armed man, neither hesitated in literally defending the monarch's life. It is believed that both men were formally admonished for breaking ranks without permission - but their commanding officer apologised afterwards and shook both by the hand, then promoted them.
* in a different monarchy, the Royal Guards of the Norwegian King, the Hans Majestet Kongens Garde (HMKG), have a mascot - and honorary Colonel-In-Chief - called Sir Nils Olav II. (This King Penguin is also a Norwegian knight and has a statue erected in his honour, at the HMKG barracks near Oslo).
6th Jul '16 2:44:38 PM SeanMurrayI
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** And yet another episode has Homer mistake Shaolin Monks as the British guards. He's met with [[strike:similar]] ''impressive'' results - a monk rips his heart out, [[AndShowItToYou shows it to him]], then puts it back in.
-->'''Homer''': I hope you washed that hand.

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** And yet another episode has sees Homer mistake Shaolin Monks as the British guards. He's met with [[strike:similar]] ''impressive'' results - Monks, and a monk rips responds by ripping his heart out, [[AndShowItToYou shows showing it to him]], then puts putting it back in.
-->'''Homer''': I hope you washed that hand.
in.
6th Jul '16 10:38:44 AM Eddy1215
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-->'''Homer''': I hope you washed that hand.



* The title characters of ''WesternAnimation/PinkyAndTheBrain'' once had to tip one over (cow tipping) to get into a club. The guard falls like a tree.

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* The title characters of ''WesternAnimation/PinkyAndTheBrain'' once had to tip one over (cow tipping) (CowTipping) to get into a club. The guard falls like a tree.
15th Jun '16 9:31:37 AM fearlessnikki
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* ''Film/ARoyalNightOut'' parodies this, as the Buckingham Palace guards snap to attention whenever the princesses walk by - one of them even doing so while in the middle of reading a magazine.
15th May '16 6:30:19 AM Jeduthun
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* On a lighter note, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XSoJqdPi4Iw This guy]] posed for a photo with a royal guard at Buckingham Palace and engaged in some good-natured comic riffing, proving that it ''is'' possible to succeed in [[{{corpsing}} getting a guard to break up laughing]].

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* On a lighter note, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XSoJqdPi4Iw This this guy]] posed for a photo with a royal guard at Buckingham Palace and engaged in some good-natured comic riffing, proving that it ''is'' possible to succeed in [[{{corpsing}} getting a guard to break up laughing]].
15th May '16 6:29:52 AM Jeduthun
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* In an incident [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dQCSWPFnjbU caught on video]], an annoying tourist demonstrated exactly why you don't mess with the Queen's Guard: He stupidly grabs the guard by the shoulder, only to find himself immediately at the business end of a mounted bayonet in the hands of a very angry trained soldier yelling in his face. A spokesperson for the Ministry of Defence said that the guard had an entirely appropriate reaction.
* On a lighter note, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XSoJqdPi4Iw This guy]] posed for a photo with a royal guard at Buckingham Palace and engaged in some good-natured comic riffing, proving that it ''is'' possible to succeed in [[{{corpsing}} getting a guard to break up laughing]].
* Sometimes human nature takes its course and even the Queen's Guard aren't immune from [[http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/11534602/Buckingham-Palace-guard-slips-in-front-of-tourists.html slipping and falling]].
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