I swear by Almighty God that I will be faithful and bear true allegiance to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, her heirs and successors and that I will as in duty bound honestly and faithfully defend Her Majesty, her heirs and successors in person, crown and dignity against all enemies and will observe and obey all orders of Her Majesty, her heirs and successors and of the generals and officers set over me.
Am I still expected to defend Her Maj, her heirs and successors against all enemiesl? I mean, if she is in danger from an assassin or something am I expected to jump on a train and get up the Palace schnell maken? I keep a grab bag in the shed for such an occasion, but it's me back and knees see ... don't know how well they would stand up to a bit of sudden Royal defending.
Not that I am against the Queen (love her to bits I do) or indeed defending her in a less strenuous way like gentle debate. But it seems to me like it's a never ending obligation this Oath thingy ... what with heirs and successors and all. And to be fair, when I swore it I didn't know that a lot of her heirs and successors would turn out so ... ginger.
Is the Oath void when I left the army or do I have to swear allegiance to someone else to make it void? If so could I swear one to someone less demanding ... suggestions?
Should we swear a new Oath on retirement that states quite clearly that nothing strenuous is required in the defending ... and that the said defending might not include the ginger ones?