No Sentries at Horseguards?

#1
SWMBO took the first-born back to the UK recently and they had a day in London showing the first-born the sights.

Walking down Whitehall they went to see the Donkey-Wallopers outside Horseguards, but the sentry-boxes were locked and no one home.

Is this a new thing? Have cuts made it THAT bad?
 

Joker62

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#2
Student Demo maybe??
 

BuggerAll

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#8
Contractorisation. The job's gone to Sodexho.

So have the nags.
Stand by for some quality steaks in the Regimental restaurant or Hub or whatever teh fcuk its called these day.

Fetch me Chota peg, Boy!
 
#9
It will be PCSO's hired for guard duty at Buckhouse......
 
#14
Was it during NAAFI break perchance...or was Eastenders on the telly?
or possibly in the bar if it's still there? I had it from a DW who was in around the time of HM's Coronation (he was part of the mounted BG) that Horseguards had the only guardroom in the British Army with a bar. Apparently it was also the done thing to cut along the roof to the Admiralty to chat up the WRENs who were on radio watch there.

On Arrse?

OK, it was the RAF's stag.
Using a Reaper? Very high tech, but I would have thought it would preclude any tourist photo opportunities unless the tourists can loiter on Whitehall at 20 grand?
 
#15
What time was it? The mounted sentries, correctly known as Boxmen, are only on stag until 4pm. The entire guard is turned out at 4 and inspected by the Captain of the Queen´s Life Guard (or the HCMR Orderly Officer if it´s a Short Guard). After this inspection, the boxmen stand down and the foot sentries inside the courtyard carry on until 10pm. There are four boxmen who stag on from 11am - 4pm, a short stag, but they earned it by being the best turned out on guard mount in barracks and will therefore have put in the hours the night before. The inspection in barracks is very thorough and includes the state of the horse, the horse furniture (known as downstairs kit) and the soldier´s uniform (known as upstairs kit). The Adjutant and RCM do the inspection and it takes about half an hour to inspect 12 men.
 
#16
Isnt it only down when HM the Queen is in residence at the palace- IIRC the Horseguards entrance is the 'official' entrance to Buckingham Palace?
 
#17
Isnt it only down when HM the Queen is in residence at the palace- IIRC the Horseguards entrance is the 'official' entrance to Buckingham Palace?
The Queen´s Life Guard (QLG) mounts every day of the year. The difference is that when the Queen is in residence, the Guard is commanded by an officer with a Warrent Officer and a trumpeter tagging along. When the Queen is away, the QLG is commanded by a Corporal of Horse. My post here: http://www.arrse.co.uk/rac/149368-commissioning-into-hcr.html, gives a full explanation of the QLG.
 
#19
What time was it? The mounted sentries, correctly known as Boxmen, are only on stag until 4pm. The entire guard is turned out at 4 and inspected by the Captain of the Queen´s Life Guard (or the HCMR Orderly Officer if it´s a Short Guard). After this inspection, the boxmen stand down and the foot sentries inside the courtyard carry on until 10pm. There are four boxmen who stag on from 11am - 4pm, a short stag, but they earned it by being the best turned out on guard mount in barracks and will therefore have put in the hours the night before. The inspection in barracks is very thorough and includes the state of the horse, the horse furniture (known as downstairs kit) and the soldier´s uniform (known as upstairs kit). The Adjutant and RCM do the inspection and it takes about half an hour to inspect 12 men.
I hate to bust your bubble Jorrocks - But the foot sentries retire at 8pm now. I thought the Boxmen where 10am out - reliefs 3 & 4, that way 1 & 2 don't actually do a stag in the morning / I know that 1 & 2 Boxmen do the 3-4pm shift, they always liked it as it meant that they were mounted for the 4 O'clock and therefore didn't crease their boots! Oh yes- Sunday guard mount is at 10 am so they start at 9am in the boxes, foot reliefs / mingers are 8 am I think - but don't quote me, it could be 7am.
 

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