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King Charles’ Guard Breaks Protocol to Allow Elderly Veteran to Pet His Horse

While British troops are known for remaining stoic on guard duty, a video of a soldier from King Charles’ Life Guard kindly moving his horse closer to two elderly veterans for a photo opportunity has gone viral online.

The clip, which has been viewed over a million times, shows a mounted trooper from the Household Cavalry’s Blues and Royals regiment standing watch at Horse Guards Parade in London. The soldier didn’t react as visitors approached for photos until an elderly couple came near. The veterans were sharply dressed with medals on their jackets, and Forces.net noted the man served in the Royal Regiment of Scotland.

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As the couple smiled for a picture, the guard unexpectedly took a few steps toward them to enable a better shot. He even turned his horse’s nose toward the woman so she could pet it. The veterans then continued on their way, and the guard returned to his post.

The thoughtful gesture echoed another kind act by a Blues and Royals trooper at Horse Guards Parade earlier this summer. Last month, a soldier was praised for similarly moving toward a young man with Down syndrome for an improved photo.

According to the young man’s friend Mike van Erp, “He was nervous around the guard, probably because I was being careful to give the soldier space and because the guard has such emphatic body language.”

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Footage of the guard’s considerate gesture has now been viewed over five million times on TikTok and caught the attention of Major Steve Parker, an official at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst where Princes William and Harry trained.

Parker tweeted that he was “proud to be a member of @HCav1660 (Blues and Royals)” and called the trooper a “fantastic example of the empathetic, strong young leaders we need in the @BritishArmy.”

Another thoughtful moment captivated the internet in July when a King’s Guard nodded at a little boy named Frank, who was dressed in a mini uniform with bearskin hat and scarlet tunic, in a clip with over six million TikTok views.

The Blues and Royals are one of seven regiments in the Household Cavalry. King Charles became ceremonial head of all the units, including Grenadier Guards and Life Guards, after Queen Elizabeth’s death last September.

In addition to succeeding his mother as head of state and Commander-in-Chief, the King holds various military posts and affiliations.

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Last Friday, Buckingham Palace announced new military roles for nine royals including the King, Queen Camilla, Prince William and Princess Anne. The appointments “will continue to reflect the close relationship between the Armed Forces and the Royal Family in His Majesty’s reign,” the palace statement read.

The members already held military affiliations, and the update comes ahead of Charles’ first Accession Day on Sept. 8.

 

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