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Postby ev-disinfection » Tue, 08 Feb 2011 4:30 pm

I will never be a master debater... sigh.. :D

SMS - I get your point, The queen's guards are rotated, sometimes the Gurkha regiment guards the Buckhingham Palace.
Does not make it wrong though.

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Postby JR8 » Tue, 08 Feb 2011 4:41 pm

ev-disinfection wrote:I will never be a master debater... sigh.. :D

SMS - I get your point, The queen's guards are rotated, sometimes the Gurkha regiment guards the Buckhingham Palace.
Does not make it wrong though.


Know the feeling sigh2 :)

Do Gurkhas do duty at 'Buck House'? I could be wrong but thought that was done by the various Guard's regiments... hmmm... don't know...

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Postby Strong Eagle » Tue, 08 Feb 2011 4:50 pm

ev-disinfection wrote:I will never be a master debater... sigh.. :D

SMS - I get your point, The queen's guards are rotated, sometimes the Gurkha regiment guards the Buckhingham Palace.
Does not make it wrong though.


Hell, Gurkhas guard the American Club.

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Postby JR8 » Tue, 08 Feb 2011 4:51 pm

The Household Division

The men you will see in front of Buckingham Palace (and other locations) are not just ceremonial guards but also serving Soldiers. While upholding the traditions of the past, they also perform duties throughout the world as professional soldiers and are known as some of the most elite and skilled soldiers in the British Army.

This is why Changes may occur in the guard change as the soldiers are required for operational duties.

The Household Division is made up of seven Regiments.

These comprise: The Household Cavalry Regiment
The Life Guards and The Blues and Royals; and the five regiments of foot:
he Grenadier Guards
The Coldstream Guards
The Scots Guards
The Irish Guards
The Welsh Guards

Most of the time it is soldiers from one of these regiments that will be outside Buckingham Palace, but do not be surprised if on some occasions you do not see the traditional guardsmen, particularly in August when often other regiments guard the Queen.

The responsibility of guarding the Sovereign by the Household Troops (as they were known at the time) dates back to the time of Henry VII (1485-1509).

These are some of the best soldiers in the British Army and have fought in virtually every major area of conflict with great distinction since the 17th Century. They also take an active role in protecting their Sovereign; at night they patrol the grounds of both Buckingham Palace and St. James's Palace.

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Postby JR8 » Tue, 08 Feb 2011 4:53 pm

Strong Eagle wrote:
ev-disinfection wrote:I will never be a master debater... sigh.. :D

SMS - I get your point, The queen's guards are rotated, sometimes the Gurkha regiment guards the Buckhingham Palace.
Does not make it wrong though.


Hell, Gurkhas guard the American Club.


Well, at least the logic in that is clear to see :wink: :P

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Postby ev-disinfection » Tue, 08 Feb 2011 5:01 pm

Strong Eagle wrote:
ev-disinfection wrote:I will never be a master debater... sigh.. :D

SMS - I get your point, The queen's guards are rotated, sometimes the Gurkha regiment guards the Buckhingham Palace.
Does not make it wrong though.


Hell, Gurkhas guard the American Club.


What??? now that is just so wrong....lol. Next you will find them guarding the 4 storeys, which BTW is also an important landmark :D :cool:

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Gurkhas, Royal Marines and RAF Regiment

The following is a list of units of the Gurkhas and Royal Marines to have mounted the Queen's Guard since the Second World War[3]

* 1st Battalion, 7th Duke of Edinburgh's Own Gurkha Rifles, Dec 1971
* 1st Battalion, 10th Princess Mary's Own Gurkha Rifles, Oct 1973
* 2nd Battalion, 2nd King Edward VII's Own Gurkha Rifles (The Sirmoor Rifles), Nov 1975
* 1st Battalion, 6th Queen Elizabeth's Own Gurkha Rifles, Aug 1977
* 41 Commando, Royal Marines, Nov 1978
* 42 Commando, Royal Marines, Jul 1986
* 1st Battalion, Royal Gurkha Rifles, Aug 1996

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Queen%27s_Guard

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Postby Strong Eagle » Tue, 08 Feb 2011 5:11 pm

ev-disinfection wrote:"mounted the Queen's Guard"


Now, that would make for an interesting tourist video! :)

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Postby JR8 » Tue, 08 Feb 2011 5:11 pm

Good spot Ev-D. Those are presumably the regiments outside of the Household Division (Guards regiments). Pretty astonished to see the RAF on the list... didn't think they had it in them lol

Coincidentally I do seem to recall seeing guards on duty who were not kitted out in the usual ceremonial uniforms. Could have been the gurkha contingent in '96... Around that time I worked in a building that overlooked the grounds at the rear of 'Buck House'. Sometimes we'd even get to see Aunt Betty out walking her corgis! :)

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Postby ev-disinfection » Tue, 08 Feb 2011 5:32 pm

Around 50,000 Gurkhas from Nepal serve in the Indian Army, a tradition dating back to 1805 when the British began recruiting them.

http://www.india-defence.com/reports-2300

Rare pics of the Gurkhas in the Indian army.

http://www.militaryphotos.net/forums/sh ... %29-Rifles

I wonder if they use a dishwasher to wash their cooking stuff.... full circle. :D

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Postby nakatago » Tue, 08 Feb 2011 5:52 pm

Just as an aside, ev-disinfection is taking the criticism of Singapore rather quite well.

For some however, it's like telling a child that Santa, the Easter Bunny or professional wrestling is not real.

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Postby Mad Scientist » Tue, 08 Feb 2011 5:55 pm

I agree with Nakatago. EV, my toast to you.



=D> =D> =D>
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Postby JR8 » Tue, 08 Feb 2011 5:59 pm

Mad Scientist wrote:I agree with Nakatago. EV, my toast to you.

=D> =D> =D>


Oso say. Nice to see a SGn whose response is not default full-attack mode.

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Postby Strong Eagle » Tue, 08 Feb 2011 6:05 pm

Mad Scientist wrote:I agree with Nakatago. EV, my toast to you.



=D> =D> =D>


+1

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Postby ev-disinfection » Tue, 08 Feb 2011 6:10 pm

Thanks guys,
Nakatago - you were joking about the santa, easter bunny thing ...right?
I still have half a bottle of rum at wala, from sunday nite... let me know if you wanna help me finish it....

MS - Wanna toast for real?

JR8 - will wait till you get back.

SMS - you are welcome to join us, Is this Friday night good for you?

Strong Eagle - Join us?

Cheers :D

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Postby Strong Eagle » Tue, 08 Feb 2011 6:14 pm

ev-disinfection wrote:Thanks guys,
Nakatago - you were joking about the santa, easter bunny thing ...right?
I still have half a bottle of rum at wala, from sunday nite... let me know if you wanna help me finish it....

MS - Wanna toast for real?

JR8 - will wait till you get back.

SMS - you are welcome to join us, Is this Friday night good for you?

Strong Eagle - Join us?

Cheers :D


Rum, cannot lah! But could bring whisky and we drink together. Where?


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