Queen's Guard Shouts At Embarrassed Woman For Touching His Horse

Sep 14, 2022 by apost team

Time and again, the Queen’s Guard of the British Army have shown they are not to be messed with. Yet, time and again, the public, particularly tourists, push their luck – with embarrassing consequences.

One woman got the shock of her life when she overstepped the bounds for a “perfect” picture with a member of the contingent, also known as the Life Guards. Members of this mounted guard are part of the Household Cavalry.

TikTok video posted by @phigs_ in July 2022 during a trip to London showed who he described as his stepmother attempting to take a photograph with a member of the Horse Guards regiment on horseback. She is seen moving as close as she can to the horse’s head. But when the animal turned its head, she was forced to move back. Undeterred, the woman tried again, much to her detriment.

This time, she tried to get the horse to stay still by holding on to its reins. At this point, the guard spotted her transgression and, without hesitation, shouted at the woman at full volume: 

“Stand back from the Queen's Life Guard; don't touch the reins!”

In utter shock, the woman jumps away, holding her hands to her chest, her face red with shame. The video was captioned by @phigs_ with “We Will Never Return To London After This Incident.”

Criticism of the woman’s actions came harsh and quick.

“They’re guards not tourist attractions. You don’t take selfies with the Tesco security guards,” one TikTok user commented.

“It’s not Disney they are working horses and serving army,” another user wrote.

Others said the woman got off easy.

“What an idiot. She is lucky she just got yelled at. People who do things like this should be charged,” read another comment.

Be sure to reach the end of this article to see the full video

This is not the first incident involving the Queen’s Guard has gone viral. In December 2021, a video clip showing a child being knocked to the ground by a guard making the rounds.

In the clip, two Guardsmen were marching at the Tower of London when one shouted, “Make way!” before charging into the child, who fell onto his back. They continued to march.

The video’s caption read, “Nobody is safe 😢.”

A government spokesman later clarified that the child was unhurt.

In another incident in July 2018 at Windsor Castle, a woman was seen jumping over a dividing rope as a Guardsman was marching by for a photograph. She appeared unaware that she was directly in the path of a marching guard, who came up behind her and shoved her forward.

Not all run-ins with the Queen’s Guard have been alarming, though. One heartwarming incident in 2017 showed a child celebrating his fourth birthday at Windsor Castle. Dressed as a guard himself, the young boy saluted a line of guards marching into the castle. However, one of the guards came back out. He beckoned the child over, and the child stood beside him, saluting. The guard then turned to face the boy and did a quick high-step before marching back into the Guardroom.

The guard later explained why he had broken formation to see the boy.

“Usually I would just take the guardsmen in the guardroom as normal – but my wife and I are expecting a baby boy, and I remembered standing at Edinburgh Castle when I was younger hoping to get a picture with a soldier,” he said. He added he was touched by the boy’s Coldstream Guards uniform which made him feel proud of being a soldier.


Were you surprised by the ferocity of the Guardsman’s warning to the woman touching his horse? Do you think his actions were a bit over the top or appropriate? Let us know and pass this on to all the Anglophiles you know.

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