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And now you can rest… Queens royal guards pictured taking a rare break out of uniform after 24-hour schedule

Sep 20, 2022

The Queen’s royal guards have been snapped taking a rare break without their uniforms on after collectively working a 24-hour schedule.

The Yeomen of the Guard – affectionately known as Beefeaters – are a British staple, and are usually made up of retired soldiers who have served in the Armed Forces.

Typically located at the Tower of London, the guards have been watching over the late monarch’s coffin in recent days and have been spotted in Westminster Hall standing guard alongside The Gentlemen at Arms, as well as Princess Anne at one point.

Queen Elizabeth’s coffin was watched over a 24-hour schedule, with royal guards doing six hour shifts.

Now in a new photograph, the guards are seen taking a well-deserved rest out of uniform.

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A group of men sit on sofas as they appear to watch television. Still wearing their statement red trousers, all the guards had their jackets and hats hung up and kicked their shoes off.

The Press in York shared the snap alongside the caption: “And now you can rest…

“This incredible picture captures the Royal guards taking a break after guarding the Queen’s coffin.

“The Beefeaters have been standing guard over a 24-hour schedule, each taking on six-hour shifts.”

People online have since rushed to thank the guards for their service. One person wrote: “Well done guys, you all did an amazing job. You should feel very proud of yourselves, you've done the Queen & your country proud.”


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Someone else said: “And an incredible job they did. Thank you.”

“Excellent job. We are in awe of you and filled with pride,” added a third, as a fourth person penned: “Well done to all of you. You were amazing. Thank you to all taking part it was spectacular”.

It’s been an undeniably gruelling time for the Queen’s guard, with a handful of them fainting while on duty in recent days.

During the Queen’s funeral yesterday, Monday 19 September, one guard hit the ground face-first.

The incident occurred shortly before the Queen’s private ceremony with the Royal Family as a procession was formed featuring soldiers on foot from the Household Cavalry’s Blues and Royals and Life Guards with mounted members of the Household Cavalry regiment.

Shortly before the late monarch’s coffin was taken by her pallbearers into the Chapel, a guard standing watch dropped to the ground.

This wasn’t the first time one of the Queen’s guards had fainted as before the funeral a police officer collapsed.

Earlier in the week during her Lying-in-State at Westminster Hall, the same happened.

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