Military Sword Wearing

Watching HRH The Prince Philip Duke of Edinburgh’ funeral, we noticed that some officers escorting the coffin carried their sword pointing forward and some pointing back. Is there a reason for this or is it just personal preference?
 
Watching HRH The Prince Philip Duke of Edinburgh’ funeral, we noticed that some officers escorting the coffin carried their sword pointing forward and some pointing back. Is there a reason for this or is it just personal preference?

The ones pointing forward are so they can repel an attack from the front, the ones pointing backwards are the rear end security, the ones left and right are for all-round security on the flanks.
I hope this helps.
 
Watching HRH The Prince Philip Duke of Edinburgh’ funeral, we noticed that some officers escorting the coffin carried their sword pointing forward and some pointing back. Is there a reason for this or is it just personal preference?
It looked like the LI pall bearer carrying his sword forwards. I don't know the reason for this.
 
It seems that the Rifles carry their swords slung (pointing forwards) as they do not wear Sam Browne belts. Maybe somebody with experience of Rifles sword drill can confirm?
 
Happy to confirm that Rifles Swords (As opposed to swords.) are carried slung on a fabric and leater waist belt which is worn under the jacket/tunic.

The Sword therefore has to be carried or otherwise it'll drag horribly and noisily on he ground.
 

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Happy to confirm that Rifles Swords (As opposed to swords.) are carried slung on a fabric and leater waist belt which is worn under the jacket/tunic.

The Sword therefore has to be carried or otherwise it'll drag horribly and noisily on he ground.
A bit like their knuckles and/or jaws? :plotting:
 

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