Dramatic moment Queen’s Guard soldier draws gun at show-off tourist pestering him!
The Ministry of Defence supported the soldier’s judgement and said he was ‘there to protect himself, the sentry position and the Queen’
This show-off tourist found out exactly why you should never pester a Queen’s Guard while he’s on official duty – because you might get a gun pointed in your face.
In the clip, a man marches alongside the soldier as he paces up and down outside the royal residence.
As he turns, a tourist in the background is heard commenting: “His gun is jammed.”
Unbelievably, the tourist starts marching alongside the soldier, then puts his hand on his shoulder – the same shoulder he is carrying his bayonet tipped rifle.
Almost immediately, the guard stops his march, pulls his weapon on the tourist and shouts: “Step back from the Queen’s Guard,” causing the man to swiftly back away in terror.
Keeping an air of professionalism, the guard then replaces his weapon on his shoulder before continuing with his march.
A spokesperson from the Ministry of Defence has stated that the soldier had an “appropriate reaction” to the tourist’s behaviour and would not be disciplined for his behaviour.
The Queen’s Guard are stationed at Buckingham Palace, St James’s Palace, Windsor Castle and Holyrood House in Scotland, as well as the Tower of London and Edinburgh Castle.
The archways seen behind the guard and the tourist suggest the footage could have been recorded at Windsor Castle, although the exact location was not confirmed by the filmmaker.
Since the footage was uploaded to YouTube on June 22, more than 15,990 viewers have watched the clip.
The Ministry of Defence spokesperson added: “Since that incident, a rope has now been installed at that sentry position that keeps tourists away and stops people approaching the card.
They added: “It is disappointing that a member of the public has shows such disrespect towards the Queen’s Guard.
“The soldier is there to protect the Queen, himself and the sentry position. He reacts appropriately.”
Earlier this month, a blundering tourist felt the full force of the guards as they marched right through the spot where he was standing.
The man was swept away by the soldiers after they refused to stop or veer off their path to avoid him.