The still and stoic Queen’s Guardsmen
The British royal family has captured the curiosity of many people, British and otherwise, and they raise lots of questions. However, there’s another group of people that spends a lot of time around Buckingham Palace, and while far less high-profile, they might be just as fascinating. The notoriously still and stoic Queen’s Guardsmen (and women) also raise a lot of questions. Luckily, a Reddit.comQ-and-A with a working guardsman set out to answer them. From hats to hot weather, here are the 12 most interesting things we learned.
Those guns aren’t loaded…usually
The Guard’s intimidating weapons only have ammo in them when they are aware of a potential serious security threat. The guard on Reddit, who uses the username ‘nibs123,’ says that he has never carried a loaded gun as a Guardsman.
There’s a freaky reason they wear those hats
Almost as intimidating as the screen name ‘nibs123’ are the fluffy black hats that the Guard wears. OK, yeah, they’re not all that intimidating. But apparently, in ‘the old days,’ the hats were considered intimidating. Also, the hats’ chinstraps are fastened under their noses in case of attack: cavalry soldiers would aim for the head. The placing of the strap ensures that ‘the hat would come off if hit without breaking our necks.’ Delightful.