Wednesday, May 19, 2010
There have been a number of theories advanced as to what actually is going on during the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace.
Contrary to popular opinion, it has nothing to do with diapers...or 'nappies' as they are known on this side of the pond.
Here's what is REALLY going on: the guys in the funny hairy hats have lost a bet and so they have to wear them in front of everyone.
As a part of the "lost bet" they must also apply huge amounts of starch to their underwear, which explains the funny way they walk.
All the rifle guys are followed with one guy with a sword...to ensure they follow through on the bet. He is also a handy back-up in case an enemy army attacks and the troops run out of bullets.
The soldiers simply cannot get things right, so an old guy comes out and yells at them.
Now you know everything about the Changing of the Guard...quite unlike all the tourists I saw when we were there. They had no idea at all what they were lining up to see.