Rare Moment in History Buckingham Palace Visitor Made a Royal Guard Laugh

It is said that you cannot make a royal guard laugh. If decades of documented attempts are any indication, tourists in England will fail to elicit so much as a laugh out of an on-duty guard. However, one visitor at Buckingham Palace pulled off the near-impossible.
A Buckingham Palace visitor makes a British royal guard laugh. | Historic Vids/X

A Buckingham Palace visitor makes a British royal guard laugh. | Historic Vids/X

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KEY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Royal Guards are expected to maintain a stoic expression while on duty and cannot smile or laugh.
  • A man visiting Buckingham Palace who claimed to know a Royal Guard from school, succeeded in eliciting a chuckle from him.
  • To become a member of the Queen's Guard, a candidate must pass the British Army Recruit Battery (BARB) test.
It is said that you cannot make a royal guard laugh. If decades of documented attempts are any indication, tourists in England will fail to elicit so much as a laugh out of an on-duty guard. However, one visitor at Buckingham Palace pulled off the near-impossible.
A video from the incident has gone viral again, clocking over 16 million views on X. The clip shows the man, who said he knew the royal guard from school, recalling an old memory that made him laugh.

Punishments a myth

Although there’s no official rule forbidding Royal guards from smiling, they are expected to maintain a stoic expression while on duty.
There are rumours that they are fined if found smiling, However, this is not the case.
The Royal guards in Britain, also known as Queen's Guards, are responsible for protecting several royal palaces and landmarks, including Buckingham Palace, where one can see the signature red-coated guards with their bearskin hats.
St. James's Palace, the Tower of London and Windsor Castle are some other notable monuments where you’ll find them.
While on duty, you can bet your life on a Royal Guard to not smiling or taking toilet breaks.

Qualification

To become a member of the Queen's Guard, a candidate must pass the British Army Recruit Battery (BARB) test.

Uniform

The Queen's Guards wear bright red tunics, which help hide blood stains. The number gold buttons on their uniforms indicates when the regiment was formed. As for the black bearskin hats, they are made from Canadian black bear fur and can weigh up to 1.5 pounds.
The colour of the feather plume on the hat depends on the regiment, such as blue for the Irish Guards and green-and-white for the Welsh Guards. Medals on the jacket indicate the guard's military service, including years served and tours completed.
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