A debate has been raging on social media over whether a Queen’s Guard soldier was right to push a tourist out of the way when she posed for a photo in front of him during ceremonial duties.
The moment was captured on camera and the video soon went viral over social media but the incident has engaged the military community, with many expressing their views on whether the soldier was right to push the woman out of the way – or if his reaction was over the top.
Tourists might be forgiven for thinking the Queen's Guard is just there for show, but one visitor found out the hard way that they are not to be messed with.
Footage shows the woman visibly shocked as she screams when the solider, in his trademark bearskin hat and red uniform, shoves her from behind. The date of when the video was filmed has not been confirmed but it has created a lively debate on social media after going viral.
The woman does not appear to have been hurt and manages to remain on her feet, which took place at Windsor Castle in front of other tourists.
The Ministry of Defence (MOD) issued an official statement after the video, the authenticity of which has not been verified, went viral, saying:
“The Household Division is proud to guard Her Majesty and honoured that people come from around the world to watch our ceremonial spectacle. The ropes are there to protect both the public and our soldiers; please stay behind them!”
The MOD declined to confirm whether they are investigating the incident, or comment on the video.
One debate on the Twitter account of sting rae, Chief Bosons Mate in the Royal Navy, is creating a lively thread of views, both for and against the soldier’s actions.
Former Royal Navy man Andrew Morris disagrees with the majority of the responses to sting rae's question...
However, the overwhelming majority of tweets in response support the actions of the Guardsman. The common theme being that the soldier was merely adhering to the rules, unlike the tourist.
It's time to have your say. In the poll below let us know if you think the shove was justified or too much given the circumstances?
This isn’t the first time the Queen’s Guard have made the news.
The footage below, filmed outside Buckingham Palace, shows a man getting in the way of marching soldiers approaching from behind.
A woman can be heard saying, "Guards coming down, Derrick. Mind. Mind." seconds before the Queen's Guards march into him.
The soldiers don’t stop but they do shout "make way" once they have collided with him.
A bystander later shouts "stupid man" in response but is this a universal opinion?
Reddit user nibs123, who identifies himself as Guardsman, hosted a Q&A in 2014 during which he was asked questions all tourists wish they could.
“Are you allowed to shout at people who are being disrespectful to you? Like messing with you etc? If someone touches you is it game over for them?”
“you are aloud [sic] to get them away by shouting at them warnings if they fail to move away or starting to act agesivly [sic] we present our beyonets [sic] to them to remind them that we can do more harm than them, but usualy [sic] the police are quick and remove troble [sic] makers.”
Reddit user Bleeding_Zombies asked nibs123 if the Queen’s Guards ever carry live rounds while on duty. nibs123 explains that he has never carried live rounds and…
“You only carry live rounds if there is a high threat level that someone will attack.”
After all this discussion and interest this Twitter user makes an interesting point...