PEOPLE flock from all around the world for an opportunity to see members of the Queen’s Guard standing silently at their posts of their big fluffy hats and crimson coats. However apart from footage of individuals making an attempt to interrupt their stern manner or the occasional video of a guard placing a very annoying vacationer of their place, we don’t see a lot of them. READ: Queen’s Guard loses it at vacationer Nonetheless there are very particular causes behind their unsmiling faces and tall, “Bearskin” hats — the truth is their complete uniform is designed with doubtlessly terrifying and embarrassing occasions in thoughts. And whilst you suppose it is perhaps humorous to attempt to make a guard crack a smile, you would be costing them greater than you realise. So here’s a record of some stuff you in all probability didn’t know (or may need wrongly assumed) in regards to the Queen’s Guard. DON’T ASSUME THEY WON’T REACT IF YOU ANNOY THEM Whereas they could come throughout as unshakeable, they’re people and, identical to anybody else, a few of them have extra persistence than others. It’s not extraordinary for a guard to shout warnings at unrelenting vacationers or push them apart if they’re of their manner. Brief instructions like “Make manner for the Queen’s Guard!” are permitted if the scenario requires it. Current footage of a Queen’s Guard shoving a vacationer out of the way in which exterior Windsor Citadel reveals that you just actually don’t wish to be of their line of sight when their persistence wears skinny. If somebody is being significantly aggressive or they’re perceived as a menace the guards will level their rifles at them as a warning. THOSE GUNS ARE PROBABLY NOT LOADED Throughout a Q&A on Reddit, a working guardsman, underneath the username “nibs123”, revealed that more often than not the weapons they carry aren’t truly loaded. He stated that almost all of the time police will maintain any vacationers that is perhaps taking issues too far. Nonetheless this adjustments if there’s a perceived menace within the space. “You solely carry dwell rounds if there’s a excessive menace stage that somebody will assault,” he stated. “However I’ve by no means carried any.” However even when it isn’t loaded, having a sharpened bayonet pointed at your face wouldn’t be a really nice expertise. MONEY IS ON THE LINE IF THEY SMILE Folks will do virtually something to get the notoriously stern-faced guards to crack a smile, however what they don’t realise is that doing so might price them huge time. If a Queen’s Guard is caught by a superior smiling or laughing at a vacationer’s joke or foolish antics it might price them. The guardsman stated they are often charged “a number of days to per week’s pay” if they’re caught. Based on the Reddit thread, it’s normally round ₤200 ($A355) if you’re seen laughing or smiling. THEY HAVE TO FAINT A CERTAIN WAY Standing exterior within the solar for hours on finish wearing a fur hat and layers of thick clothes isn’t a straightforward job and even a number of the most disciplined guards succumb to the warmth. However even when fainting, there’s nonetheless protocol that needs to be adopted. If a guard begins to really feel a bit light-headed whereas on responsibility they’re educated to “faint to consideration” which means they need to preserve their disciplined pose even when falling to the bottom. For this reason you usually see footage of handed out guards mendacity flat on their face. THE CREEPY REASON FOR THE HATS Referred to as Bearskin hats, they have been initially designed to make the guards appear taller and extra intimidating. Within the case of an assault, troopers would purpose for his or her heads, so they’d fasten their chin straps underneath their noses to keep away from the hat “breaking our necks” when it acquired shot off, the guard stated. THE EMBARRASSING REASON THEIR PANTS ARE BLACK When a member of the Queen’s Guard is on responsibility, there are only a few circumstances underneath which he would have the ability to go away his publish — and utilizing the lavatory isn’t one among them. The Reddit consumer recalled one situation when he was in a parade in entrance of a big crowd when one among this fellow guardsmen wanted to “relieve himself”. “(He) couldn’t maintain it any longer. He was on the entrance row and left an enormous apparent puddle the place he was and a number of the crowd observed and began laughing.” The darkish color and thick woollen materials of their pants are an try to make it much less apparent if an accident ought to happen.
Emma Jones is an entertainment journalist for UKCelebrityNews and other magazines. The author or coauthor of ten books, Emma has sold several million copies since 2006. She worked for eleven years as a writer and editor at the national news biweekly WORLD magazine.