Halt - Who Goes There? The Nicked Keys

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  1. I do hope they were G4S guard.
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  2. Halt ! Who goes there ?
    The keys
    Who's keys ?
    The Queens' keys.

    My Dad was escort to the keys when he was in the Welsh Guards back in the 1960's. That's how I know the refrain.
  3. Well he was obviously at the port when he told you that...

    IFAIK, the procedure is:

    Halt ! Who goes there ?
    The keys!
    Who's keys ?
    Queen Elizabeth's keys!
  4. I was at Buck house and Clarence house When we did it in the 70's but the story was, "halt, who goes there! The keys! Whose ****ing keys! The Queens ****ing keys!"

    I do know that tourists, the postman and uncle Tom cobbley and all got the present arms just to pass the time and get the stag over with! :)
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  5. Sorry to be a pedant but a few years back it was......

    (High port)
    (Escort to the keys halts on the strip of light along the cobbles)
    Who COMES there?
    The keys!
    Whos keys?
    Queen Elizabeths keys!
    (Return to slope arms)
    Pass Queen Elizabeths keys, all is well!
    (Present arms)

    Although I last did the challenge in '04 so it may have changed!

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  6. Only in this case it wouldn't be, would it?

    It'd be "Pass Brenda's Keys, Some pikey's had away with the keys for the restaurant/conference centre."
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  7. Did any pies get stolen?
  8. Sorry to be a pedant but a few years back it was......<br />
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    (High port)<br />
    Halt!<br />
    (Escort to the keys halts on the strip of light along the cobbles)<br />
    Who COMES there?<br />
    The keys!<br />
    Whos keys?<br />
    Queen Elizabeths keys!<br />
    (Return to slope arms)<br />
    Pass Queen Elizabeths keys, all is well!<br />
    (Present arms)<br />
    <br />
    <br />
    Although I last did the challenge in '04 so it may have changed! <br />
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    Still the same
  9. The "<br />" look pretty spiky - do they hurt when you do them?
  10. Book Tower Green for a ceremony, dust off the block, sharpen axe, inform Headsman that leave is cancelled.
  11. Sorry but this just has to be posted here

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  12. sirbhp

    sirbhp LE Book Reviewer

    oo allo, oos that?
    ooh allo dearie , its queenies keys.
    Ah well lets ave a vada then
    OOh you are a troll its me dearie here every night except Tuesdays when i have me feet done .
    Ok mince on then .
    Gawd save the queen , and her majesty whilst hes at it .

    ooer you are a one , pink gin and a stiff one laters ?
    oow yew should be so lucky dearie .
    limp right, limp right thats it swing those hand bags ...
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  13. sirbhp

    sirbhp LE Book Reviewer

    Seriously , i seen the keys loads of times , and they always say no photos or film recording . Its as if the world will end . This ceremony has NEVER been filmed if you see it on the tele its only the rehearsals.
    Oh really ?? One beefeater nearly had a corona on the spot when a tourist snapped away , yet since the invention of movies people HAVE been filming the bloody ceremony .

    Its like you cant photograph your grand kids in the school panto , but bloody pervs can order up a photo of them from the local newspaper who have been sent pics by the school or had the scoop photographer in ! ( in sarfend that is ) I am so angry i am orf for a shit !!!
  14. I got tickets and took my old man one November evening back in the 80's. He was CG from 1940-45, did Buck House whilst he was in (Coats Mission) but had never done the Tower.

    Being there for the Ceremony of the Keys was very atmospheric - it was a cold, damp night (**** off Tropper), and no-one else was around in the Tower. You got a real feel for what the place was about.
  15. So we are to believe that someone broke in and stole the keys to a restaurant and a conference room?

    If I were a betting man I'd put money on someone taking them home by mistake and either being too scared to bring them back and admit their mistake or crying wolf to cover it up. A bit like people who have an ND on stag and then shout contact blat a few more rounds and swear blind they saw something move.

    I don't know the ins and outs of security at the Tower but it's not like someone rocked up with a ladder and hopped over the wall.