Since this week incident when a scarlet-coated Guard at Buckingham Palace kicked the shin of an American woman tourist, sightseers are keeping at a respectful distance - under the eye of police officers.
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Background: Since this week incident when a scarlet-coated Guard at Buckingham Palace kicked the shin of an American woman tourist, sightseers are keeping at a respectful distance - under the eye of police officers.
The Guardsman involved in the incident was confined to barracks for ten days. A spokesman said the sentry took some paces forward and afterwards the woman complained to the police she had been kicked on the shin.
As usual, tourists cram the pavement where the sentries, in their tall bearskins, execute smart patrol outside the Palace. They point, grin, and photograph the Guards - soldiers noted for their military propriety.
As usual, the Guarosmen look straight ahead, standing at attention and patrolling with the bearing of a ramrod.
And as usual, the police on duty outside ask the sightseeing tourists to keep clear of the Guards. But now the warnings are less frequent since the shin-kicking.
The Brigade of Guards officially deplore the incident that upset tradition. But the Press generally welcome it for its salutary effect.
Too often, the Press say, the Guards are teased, taunted, chivied, photographed, humiliated, giggled at, prodded at. insulted, obstructed, embarrassed, tormented, baited and ridiculed.
Our reporter sounded a few of the many sightseers at the Palace: ... S.O.F. ...
An official guide thought that the tourists behaved well on the whole, but he said they had to be told not to stand too close. Youngsters often tried to make the Guards laugh.
A London couple thought the American woman tourist had deserved the shin-kick. Ten days C.D. seemed rather severe punishment to them. "He should have got nothing."
Two American sailors found the Guards "pretty smart" and admired their sentry drill. They had never succeeded in getting a laugh out of the sentries.
Nursery-rhyme Alice always maintained that a Guardsman's life was "awfully hard". To make it easier now it has been suggested the Guard should be mounted behind the Palace railings.