LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 27: Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh leave Buckingham Palace in the Diamond Jubilee State Coach to travel to the Houses of Parliament for the State Opening on May 27, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 27: Queen Elizabeth II leaves Buckingham Palace in the Diamond Jubilee State Coach to travel to the Houses of Parliament for the State Opening on May 27, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)Britain's Queen Elizabeth II (C) walks to meet guests at a garden party held at Buckingham Palace, central London on May 12, 2015. AFP PHOTO / POOL /John Stillwell (Photo credit should read JOHN STILLWELL/AFP/Getty Images)
Britain's Queen Elizabeth II (C) arrives back at Buckingham Palace from Horse Guards Parade in a horse-drawn carriage preceeded and followed by marching guardsmen and other members of the royal family including Prince Charles, Prince of Wales (CL) riding beside the arriage during the Queen's Birthday Parade, 'Trooping the Colour,' in London on June 13, 2015. The ceremony of Trooping the Colour is believed to have first been performed during the reign of King Charles II. In 1748, it was decided that the parade would be used to mark the official birthday of the Sovereign. More than 600 guardsmen and cavalry make up the parade, a celebration of the Sovereign's official birthday, although the Queen's actual birthday is on 21 April. AFP PHOTO / BEN STANSALL (Photo credit should read BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images)
Queen's Guard turns rifle on annoying tourist
Nothing screams "I'm a tourist" like pestering the Queen's Guard. For some reason, tourists enjoy spending their short time in London attempting to get the soldiers to crack a smile or acknowledge the attention in some small way. When this annoying tourist stepped up to the plate (or palace), he got way more than he bargained for.
The unamused serviceman had finally had enough. It's one thing to chat their ears off and wave your hands in front of their faces, but when this tourist grabbed the soldier's shoulder, the poor guy snapped. Enough was enough. He shoved the tourist off of him and, in a moment of dramatic fury, aimed his rifle directly at the tourist and yelled:
"Get back from the Queen's Guard!" Queen's Guard !
Attention was what he wanted, and attention was what he got. Let's hope this tourist learned his lesson. That's the last time he'll be messing with the Queen's Guard.
People took to Twitter to condemn the tourist for his actions and to praise the Queen's Guard for his reaction.
Witchy sez :
I think the Guards are going to have to become more forceful.... or, perhaps, be stationed behind the fence. Tourists need to remember that a British serviceman was beheaded on a public street, a Canadian soldier guarding the Tomb of the Unknown was killed in Ottawa.... and today there were 3 terrorist attacks that took more than 50 lives. It's no longer fun & games to harass the guards
There is no cure for stupid, ignorance. Idiot tourists who don't understand a country's, any country's, traditions. It doesn't matter if you support monarchy or not, if you're an idiot, stay home.
That soldier is a pro. He used the force he deemed needed to do his job. That tourist needs to check his shorts. I smell something.