A tourist at Windsor Castle was surprised when a patrolling Queen’s Guard soldier shoved her out of his way.
The tourist was having her picture taken with the guard behind her, but failed to realise that she was standing in front of a white barrier, which tourists are asked to stand behind.
The barrier is used so that tourists can watch the guard as he patrols.
However, she was standing right in the path of the royal guard – and they are ordered to carry out their patrol, no matter what.
As the guard approaches the unsuspecting tourist, he does not stop, slow down or make an attempt to go round her, but instead gives her a shove, making the woman let out a high-pitched yelp.
Royal Guard protocol
According to a Royal guard on Reddit, known as nibs123, guards are actually allowed to speak in a situation like this to get people out of their way: “[Guards]are allowed to get [people] away by shouting…warnings if they fail to move away or start to act aggressively,” the Reddit guard says.
For instance, they’re known to yell “make way for the Queen’s Guard!” at tourists who get in their way.
It is not unheard of for a guard to shout warnings at unrelenting tourists or push them aside if they are in their way
If someone is being particularly aggressive or they are perceived as a threat the guards will point their rifles at them as a warning.
The guards themselves must follow strict rules – with severe penalties.
For example, if a guard is caught by a superior breaking the stern demeanour they are often seen to have, they can be docked a week’s pay.