Buckingham Palace Guard Points Rifle During Confrontation With Civilian
Suddenly those guards don’t seem all that ceremonial anymore. According to Yahoo News,
A soldier at Buckingham Palace pointed his bayonet-fixed rifle at a member of the public after an argument erupted at the gates, it was reported Sunday.
The soldier, on guard duty, left his post to intervene when a man refused to stop shouting at a police officer manning the gates of the palace on Friday.
The front page of The Sun had a picture of the Queen’s Guard, in scarlet tunic and black bearskin hat, pointing the weapon at the man, the tip of the bayonet less than an arm’s length away from his neck.
The newspaper quoted sightseers who said the man was trying to get closer or inside.
A police spokesman said the man was given “words of advice” and left. He was not arrested.
This isn’t the first time it’s been documented that a member of the Queen’s Guard has pointed a rifle at a civilian, check out the video below from December of 2012.
Based on everything I can find, it looks like the Queen’s Guard normally carries SA80 style rifles, but they are carried unloaded under normal conditions. The Metropolitan Police have the lead in securing Buckingham Palace.