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On Guard!

C.S. Teitelbaum

The British monarchy is famous for its majestic military ceremonies and splendidly outfitted guards. Mishpacha Jr. spoke to Lieutenant Colonel Simon Soskin, Brigade Major of the London Horse Guards, at their headquarters in Whitehall, a stone’s throw from Buckingham Palace

Tuesday, September 08, 2015

The iconic uniformed guards at the palace are a famous tourist attraction. Are they there for security or just for show? Nowadays, they’re mostly ceremonial, but there’s also a security aspect. One of the ways Britain has been honoring its monarch since the 1600s is by protecting them and glorifying their reign with the provision of guards 24/7. A guard is placed outside Buckingham Palace, St. James Palace, and Windsor Palace — the royal family’s three London residences — as well as at the Tower of London, to guard the crown jewels. Having been through real wars, the guards are highly skilled and very conscious of the security aspect.

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