Since 1660, the guards have been responsible for protecting the British royal residents of St. James and Buckingham Palace. Every morning at 11:30 during the summer and every other day during the winter, the changing of the guard commences in the forecourt of Buckingham.
Does the Royal Guard actually do anything?
The Queen’s Guard is not purely ceremonial in nature. They provide sentries during the day and night, and during the later hours, they patrol the grounds of the Palace. Until 1959, the sentries at Buckingham Palace were stationed outside the fence.
Can the Queen’s Guard shoot you?
They are a proper soldiers of the British Army, they’re armed with fully functional weapons, and presumably they’re authorised to use them under the proper circumstances. Have there been any instances of the Queen’s Guard using lethal force against someone while posted at Buckingham Palace or another royal residence?
Why can’t the Queen’s Guard move?
While on duty, Queen’s Guards are not supposed to move or respond to anything that the tourists may throw at them. However, the rules indicate that after being still for at least 10 minutes, they can march up and down the street in order to stretch their legs and avoid passing out.
Has anyone been killed by the Queens Guard?
Have there been any cases of the Queen’s Guard shooting someone while posted at Buckingham Palace? The answer is no! And in the most recent instance of Palace intrusion, the Guard arrested Michael Fagan in 1982, but they didn’t kill him or had to use any force with him.
Do royal guards get in trouble for smiling?
They Won’t Smile for a Selfie
Although they’re a popular spectacle for visitors to Britain, wishing to observe as they perform their iconic Changing of the Guard, these guards are in active service to the Queen and must carry themselves with the upmost discipline.