Oblivious Photographer Nearly Run Over By Queen’s Guard, Bear Hats Still Cool

Jun 17, 2015

Allen Mowery

Allen Mowery is a Nationally-published Commercial & Editorial Photographer with over 20 years of experience. He has shot for major brands as well small clients. When not shooting client work or chasing overgrown wildlife from his yard, he loves to capture the stories of the people and culture around him.

Oblivious Photographer Nearly Run Over By Queen’s Guard, Bear Hats Still Cool

Jun 17, 2015

Allen Mowery

Allen Mowery is a Nationally-published Commercial & Editorial Photographer with over 20 years of experience. He has shot for major brands as well small clients. When not shooting client work or chasing overgrown wildlife from his yard, he loves to capture the stories of the people and culture around him.

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I have never had the privilege of seeing the Queen’s Guard in person, but with hats like that, one can only assume they are not very well-humored.  One poor photographer found out the hard way that nothing, or no one, will stand in the way of their duty to proudly march about.

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In the video, a photographer, completely oblivious to the column of soldiers marching up behind him, is chatting with a woman, probably about the best place to find a spot o’ tea or perhaps the intricate plot details of Fifty Shades of Grey.  With no warning, the column continues to advance, nearly running the gentleman over in the process.  As they are passing, a guard is heard yelling, “Make way!”  Then again, with the lack of subtitles, he could have been saying, “Make whey,” barking orders at the commoners for a protein shake.  The queen has yet to return my call on the matter…

Doing my due diligence and researching the temperaments of Queen’s Guardsmen on YouTube, my suspicions were confirmed – these types of antisocial episodes are a common occurrence.

From the look of things, nobody was injured, and no camera equipment was damaged.  It’s just another lesson to photographers to constantly be aware of your surroundings…and to never mess with a guy who wears the skin of an animal that eats woodsmen for breakfast.

[via The Independent]

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9 responses to “Oblivious Photographer Nearly Run Over By Queen’s Guard, Bear Hats Still Cool”

  1. Bill B Avatar
    Bill B

    We were in London a couple years ago and were able to see the Queen’s Guard (in their winter uniforms) at both Windsor Castle, and the Tower of London (they somewhat resembled the Winkie soldiers from Wizard of Oz). Our tour guide warned us several times that you definitely do not want to get in their way, nor touch them if you are trying to take that humorous selfie of trying to get them to break their solemnity. I think this fella got off pretty easy.

    1. Gregg Bond Avatar
      Gregg Bond

      The other soldiers you saw at the Tower were Yeomen Warders, a slightly different unit. Although there are Queen’s Guard there too they wear the normal tunic and bearskin.

      1. Douglas Kay Avatar
        Douglas Kay

        The people you see in the Tower of London are not serving soldiers, They’re ex-servicemen usually having held the rank of captain but what are termed ex- rankers.( promoted through the ranks )

        1. kai121 Avatar
          kai121

          There are serving soldiers at the Tower of London (it is still an active military barracks). You seem to be confusing the Yeoman Warders (beefeaters) and the Queens Guard. BOTH serve at the Tower of London.

          The beefeaters are ex-soldiers who give tours.

          The Guards can shoot you.

          1. Douglas Kay Avatar
            Douglas Kay

            Yes, The Royal Fusaliers were stationed there in the early 50s I was in the Signals and one of my jobs was to install the tannoy system for the passing out parade. The Kray twins were under close arrest or serving a sentence during that period. I did say they were ex soldiers and of course they have guards on the gates and other places and it’s obvious they’re serving soldiers but shooting somebody, I don’t think so they’re not issued with live rounds.

  2. Ahmet Avatar
    Ahmet

    In the US the photographer would have been shot on site. So what is the problem? Would be a lousy guard unit (these are real veterans who served in wars) that can be stopped by a photographer. I mean seriously, can you imagine what would happen to this guy if he stands in the way of Obama’s bodyguards?

  3. Dan Miller Avatar
    Dan Miller

    Rule Number 1: Keep your head on a swivel. Now turn in that L glass, you don’t deserve it!

  4. Douglas Kay Avatar
    Douglas Kay

    The Guards are the best soldiers in the world. They never ask questions just carry out orders. They’re not to be messed around by anybody I can assure you as this man found out to his cost. When I was stationed in Gibraltar I was on guard duty outside the Governors Palace stood at ease when an American with Spanish woman in tow came too close to me and was about to put his face close to mine probably to whisper something obnoxious when I came to attention. This entails very quickly bringing the left thigh high and slamming the left foot into the ground, in this case it also made the stupid Yank crumple to the ground since my knee hit his crotch. I called out the Guard and the Police came and took the idiot away.

  5. Nam3 Avatar
    Nam3

    i didnt know tourist = photographer