(ThePatriotWire)- A member of the King’s Guard was reportedly furious with a tourist who twice attempted to grab the reins of his horse.
A series of photographs depict a woman in a white coat, navy skirt, and black boots smiling and attempting to pose for a picture. She looked at the photographer and then tried to grasp the horse’s reins.
This provoked a furious response from the red-clad soldier, who yelled at the tourist to let go of the reins, startling the young woman. His yelling was sufficient to drive away a second woman wearing a black fur coat.
However, the younger traveler attempted again to seize the reins of the horse.
The extremely irritated soldier turns his head a second time and bellows, “Get off!”
The second warning frightened the woman, who fled quickly.
According to a report, the entrance to Horse Guards is typically guarded by two soldiers who rotate shifts every hour between the hours of ten in the morning and four in the afternoon.
The King’s Life Guard serves at the Horse Guards building in Whitehall, and the changing of the guard takes place every weekday at eleven in the morning.
This is not the first time that a guard has reprimanded a tourist. In December 2021, a member of the Coldstream Guards stepped on a young child while reprimanding another tourist.
According to a spokesperson for the Tower, it was an unfortunate accident, and the guard reportedly checked on the child’s family after the incident.
According to the website Changing The Guard, the men who stand watch at Buckingham Palace and other locations are not merely there to perform the duties of ceremonial guards; rather, they are professional infantry soldiers first and foremost.
The guards are responsible for upholding past traditions while performing duties as professional soldiers worldwide. In their infantry role, they are considered among the most elite and skilled soldiers in the British Army.
The Household Troops’ duty to protect the Sovereign dates back to the reign of Henry VII (1485 – 1509).