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    LONDON Ė Queen Elizabeth II has switched bearskin hats for turbans outside Buckingham Palace, where Sikh soldiers have begun guarding the monarch and her treasures, Britain's defense ministry said Friday.

    Signaler Simranjit Singh and Lance Cpl. Sarvjit Singh are the first Sikhs to take part in patrols outside the queen's residence and to stand watch over the Crown jewels at the Tower of London across town.

    Guard duties are usually carried out by the Guards of Household Division, famed for their bearskin hats and crimson coats that attract picture-taking tourists in their thousands. The ministry said the Sikh soldiers instead wore turbans and blue uniforms.

    Other army regiments often help carry out guard duties at Britain's Buckingham Palace when the Household Division is on operations. The ministry said the two soldiers are the first of the 90 Sikhs in Britain's army to be handed the task.

    "It's purely a coincidence that this has happened now," said a defense ministry spokeswoman, on condition of anonymity in line with policy. "Regiments take it in turn to stand in for the Household Division and it just happens that two of the soldiers this time round are Sikh."

    Sarvjit Singh, who was born in India and is a member of 3 Regiment Army Air Corps, said he was thrilled to have had the opportunity to guard the queen.

    "My experience being a Sikh on the queen's guard is beyond words," said the 28-year-old. "It is a once in a lifetime opportunity. I feel privileged to have this honor."

    "Being in London and parading in front of hundreds of people has been brilliant. Being Sikh hasn't made any difference," said Simranjit Singh, 26, from Coventry in central England, who is attached to the 21 Signal Regiment (Air Support).

    "It's been hard work, but definitely worth it," he said.

    He said the toughest part of the role is keeping perfectly still when on sentry duty outside the queen's home.

    Sikhs routinely guarded Queen Victoria ó a colonial ruler of India. At the time of World War I, Sikhs formed about 20 percent of the British army, but numbers dwindled following India's independence.
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    they wore turbans and blue uniforms instead of the bear skin hats and red uniforms. I get the turbans but why the blue? Is there something significant about the colour that I'm missing?
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    Quote Originally Posted by broken9500 View Post
    they wore turbans and blue uniforms instead of the bear skin hats and red uniforms. I get the turbans but why the blue? Is there something significant about the colour that I'm missing?
    Somewhere in the story it mentions that when the House Guard is deployed or not available, other units rotate in to assume duties. The House Guard is the only unit, I believe, that wears the Scarlet blouse and bearskin covers.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Redrockinmonkeyboy View Post
    Somewhere in the story it mentions that when the House Guard is deployed or not available, other units rotate in to assume duties. The House Guard is the only unit, I believe, that wears the Scarlet blouse and bearskin covers.
    Ah, I see. I thought everyone that guarded the palace wore the red and the bear hats but since these guys were sikh's they would be wearing their turbans and blues.

    Funny though, I don't recall ever seeing a picture of anyone guarding the palace NOT wearing the bear skin hats and the reds.
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    Good to see this, especially in light of the recent events involving the Ghurkas.

    I've obviously seen the guards at Buckingham Palace and if you do get the chance, it is worth a watch, simply for the absolute metronomic timekeeping of these guys. I watched two march about thirty metres away from each other and turn back as if one. They kept this up for hours. Unbelievable.

    It does make me laugh seeing the tourists standing next to the Home guards for photos though. Kiddies smiling standing next to the hardest killing machines on the planet.

    Nice juxtaposition.
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    Badass looking outfits.

    And those bayonets are pretty intimidating too.
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    it looks like the bayonets are stuck in the barrel of the gun...those must have really small barrels.

    What's with the leather wrap around the parts of the guns?
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    Quote Originally Posted by broken9500 View Post
    it looks like the bayonets are stuck in the barrel of the gun...those must have really small barrels.

    What's with the leather wrap around the parts of the guns?
    The barrel on the L85 A2 is the same size as a standard armalite barrel. The bayonet just has a large hollow grip which the flash eliminator and barrel of the rifle slots into. Its a menacing piece of kit the British bayonet - its made of one piece of metal and is very solid.

    The leather is actually just for ceremonial duties and to keep dust and rain from the optics and gas parts - it just looks nicer lol.
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    Interestingly I just noticed the soldier on the right has his dust cover open on his rifle (the cover for the ejector port).....some training sergeant would have a field day handing out press ups for that!
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    Quote Originally Posted by YO!Edward View Post
    Interestingly I just noticed the soldier on the right has his dust cover open on his rifle (the cover for the ejector port)
    A disgrace to Sikh soldiers everywhere! Ha ha ha!

    Oh, man...if one of my guys had their dust cover open, I'd light them up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by YO!Edward View Post
    Interestingly I just noticed the soldier on the right has his dust cover open on his rifle (the cover for the ejector port).....some training sergeant would have a field day handing out press ups for that!
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    A disgrace to Sikh soldiers everywhere! Ha ha ha!

    Oh, man...if one of my guys had their dust cover open, I'd light them up.
    what are you guys talking about?
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    Quote Originally Posted by YO!Edward View Post
    Interestingly I just noticed the soldier on the right has his dust cover open on his rifle (the cover for the ejector port).....some training sergeant would have a field day handing out press ups for that!
    oh i'd have screamed at him for that one....good eyes there mate.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Redrockinmonkeyboy View Post
    Somewhere in the story it mentions that when the House Guard is deployed or not available, other units rotate in to assume duties. The House Guard is the only unit, I believe, that wears the Scarlet blouse and bearskin covers.
    interesting fact...there are 5 different regiments of guards(Grenadier guards, coldstream guards, Welsh guards, Scots guards, Irish guards) all of which wear the bearskin hats and red uniforms...the main difference is the way the buttons on the uniforms are arranged...groups of 2, groups of 3 etc. other indicators are the plumes worn in the bearskins (colour and which side they are displayed on) and colar badge and shoulder badge.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Metal Marc View Post
    A disgrace to Sikh soldiers everywhere! Ha ha ha!

    Oh, man...if one of my guys had their dust cover open, I'd light them up.
    They let the Junior Birdmen play with guns??? Yikes!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by tommywho5150 View Post
    oh i'd have screamed at him for that one....good eyes there mate.
    what Reg were you in?



    interesting fact...there are 5 different regiments of guards(Grenadier guards, coldstream guards, Welsh guards, Scots guards, Irish guards) all of which wear the bearskin hats and red uniforms...the main difference is the way the buttons on the uniforms are arranged...groups of 2, groups of 3 etc. other indicators are the plumes worn in the bearskins (colour and which side they are displayed on) and colar badge and shoulder badge.
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