From the AP via the MSNBC website:
Just to clarify the story a little:
The soldiers wear blue uniforms because they are members of the Army Air Corps and Royal Signals, they wear turbans because they are Sikh.
Only members of the Household Division wear the distinctive Bearskins and Crimson Jackets.
The Queen has had soldiers of many Corps, faiths and nations guarding her in the past.
Do you think we should tell the more *ahem* conservative types over on the Point/Counterpoint board?
They seem to go a bit funny in the head at the idea of soldiers wearing turbans.
As the Royal Logistics Corps was guarding Windsor Castle a couple of weeks ago I have to say I am surprised no one mentioned blanket-stackers with guns.
For the benefit of any Islamaphobes, Sikhs are not Muslims.
As long as HM wasn't in at the time I suppose it can't hurt too much.
I am sure it is pure coincidence that when units from outside the Guards Division stag-on at Buck House, Jimmies and the Rock-Pile, it is in the summer (When the Royals are on their annual hols at Sandringham).
Don't you mean Balmoral?
I have noticed that when the Banner is flying there's usually woodentops outside, although I think that the RM and one or two senior Commonwealth units have been known to actually be on duty when she's in.
Back to the original topic whatever you say about turbans it does at least provide some easily spotted distinction between regiments and corps. One major failing of blues for public duties is that they tend to all look the bloody same from any distance.
Indians are Hindu with hundreds of Gods, Pakis are Muslim, Sikhs are mono-theistic Hindus.
The Sikhs are always in the middle of the Indian-Pakistani hate.
And the topic is: Sikh Soldiers guard the Queen, patrol Tower of London This message has been edited. Last edited by: IrishGuard,
From what I've read & heard, the Sikhs were the "go-to guys" in British India because of the hatred the Hindus-Moslems-Sikhs had for each other, and the British India Army Sikhs were put between rioting Hindus and Moslems, invoked "Rule .303," fired in both directions, and restored order.
|Powered by Social Strata|