Wed, 25 Jul, 2018
Queen’s Guard soldier shoves tourist at Windsor Castle
Footage has emerged online of the moment a tourist was shoved out the way by a soldier from the Queen’s Guard outside Windsor Castle.
The video shows the soldier pushing the tourist while she was standing alone on the wrong side of a roped off area outside the castle.
The woman, who was wearing a yellow dress and sunglasses, was pushed forward by the soldier.
After being pushed by the guard, the woman moved to the side as he continued to march in front of the shocked onlookers.
The Queen’s Guard are responsible for protecting official royal residences.
They are easily identified by their distinctive uniforms of red tunics and bearskin hats.
The Guardsmen are fully-trained serving soldiers and have protected the palaces since Charles II took the throne after the English restoration in 1660.
There are guidelines in place for guardsmen to deal with nuisances, such as stamping their feet and shouting.
Reportedly, raising a rifle is considered a “final warning”, after which the person in question is allowed to be detained.
After the tourist was shoved by the guard, a spokesman for the Ministry of Defence told The Sun: “The Household Division is proud to guard Her Majesty and honoured that people come from around the world to watch our ceremonial spectacle.”
“The ropes are there to protect both the public and our soldiers; please stay behind them.”
In 2015, a soldier was forced to turn his rifle on a tourist who grabbed him outside Windsor Castle.
To the entertainment of his friends, a man marched alongside the guardsmen and placed his hand on one of the soldier’s shoulders.
The soldier quickly turned around and pointed his gun at the tourist, shouting: “Get back from the Queen’s Guard!”