I am guessing that he felt that the ensuing Coy Comd's warning and RoPs were worth it.A drill faux pas caused a chum of mind to catch the eye of one of the shoutier of the pace-stick carrying shouty types.
"You Sir! Double down there and make sure you salute, apologise to Queen Victoria and listen to what she has to say"
Some time later when our hero has not returned drill turned into "find him!"
Eventually he is found in his room on his bed.
"What do you think you are doing Sir? "
"Well Colour I did what you said and I doubled down, saluted Her Majesty, apologised and listened for her advice."
"She said Never mind Phil have the rest of the afternoon off"