Thames Valley Police have told the army to change the timetable for the Changing of the Guard at Windsor Castle due to security fears. The famous tradition will take place three times a week.
Now, this is really sad. Let’s let the terrorists win, why don’t we…? Have we forgotten that the point of terrorism is terror – generating fear in one’s enemy – and using that fear to induce changes in their actions? This is handing them a victory on a silver platter!
Leaving aside the fact that this is the changing of the Royal Guard… talk about irony! How are they the Royal Guard, protecting the Monarch, if they can’t even protect themselves? If those pretty L85A2s are there just for show, maybe they should switch back to Lee-Enfields? Or maybe Brown Besses?
I’m all for ceremonial functions, in fact I love “pomp and circumstance.” And nobody does ceremony like the Brits! But having to change the Changing of the Guard to guard the Guard rubs me the wrong way. Change traffic patterns, if need be; install moveable roadblocks for the times when they are marching through the streets. And by all means have actual armed personnel standing watch over the proceedings. But keep the tradition!