Guarding the Queen

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Guarding the Queen is a three part series showcasing the most recognizable soldiers in the UK, the Grenadier Guards. Originally filmed between December 2006 and June 2007, it is the first time in over ten years that the Grenadiers have been filmed. 3 hours long. 3 parts.  Donning scarlet tunics and bearskins, these famous soldiers stand guard outside Buckingham Palace and many other royal residences. They are also the oldest infantry regiment in the British Army.

The first part of this interesting documentary series takes viewers behind the scenes as the Queen honours the 350th anniversary of the Grenadiers. They are celebrated by a party at Windsor Castle. This marks a very proud moment for commanding officer Colonel Carew Hatherly.

Also showcased in this part of the series is a group of trainee guardsmen. Originally 13 Grenadier hopefuls had started training, but at the end of the extensive months of training a mere four remain. Steven Cooper is among these four trainees and Guarding the Queen details his journey as he settles into his new life at Wellington Barracks in London.

This is a great series for anyone interested in the royals and the many soldiers who protect them and their country. Guarding the Queen is in unusual look behind the scenes of the Grenadier Guards.

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  • Alex Wolfowitz

    I am endlessly amazed by how grown men will devote their best years to standing motionless in front of tourists; all to ‘protect’ a woman who serves no real purpose and became Queen based on her blood lines.

  • Mindy

    What century is this? England is stuck in the 1500’s. Is this beautiful tradition…or terrible customs that should have long ago been thrown out with the dishwater? 

    • Steven

      You realise we mainly keep that shit up for the endless throngs of american tourists who lap it up ecstatically.
      Whether the tradition is beautiful or not is completely subjective, but every society has customs which “keep the people in touch with their heritage”, or rather to perpetuate nationalist myths and ideologies.  There’s nothing special about this particular example.

      • Remy_finn

        That is too funny. You’re spot on.

  • Katieyoung123

    Mindy you sound like a  complete tard!

  • Emailstephend

    Yeah Mindy stupid isn’t it, lets catch the bus downtown and do some crack 

  • Emailstephend

    Mindy or should we get a piercing, better yet get some body modifications and a few tats. Maybe a good that would be …well… like a tear on our face. Maybe join a gang and get some bling!!!! Hell the world is full of options……

    • Mindy

       I’m 14 and like to watch documentaries to educate myself. I’m sorry if I offended. I think that the Queen should be elected or not exist at all: it’s a title she never earned. That’s just my opinion and I’m sorry it offends.

      • Roy

        Never apologize to someone who is offended by a nonhateful opinion you express.  People who use offense in this manner to quiet those they disagree with are the fascists of the interwebs and should be ignored with extreme prejudice.

  • Roy

    I have to concur with Mindy who, far from retarded, sounds quite rational.  Does it really take the open mind of a teen to look at this and see it as the anachronistic silliness it is?  Tis true, every culture has it’s own ridiculous peacock feathers, but this in no way makes them less ridiculous.  If everyone came to a party wearing a baboon on their head, this consensus would not make the act of wearing a vicious primate any more rational.  

    Also anyone who flames someone just because their opinion is at odds with cultural tradition does not really belong on a website devoted to educational video.  Better to just find the info stream that matches your preconceptions and remain there.

    • Steven

      It strikes me that you are both naive about rationalism and also superficially flippant about the universal anthropological phenomena of ritual and ceremony.
      What is distorting your objectivity is an emotional (irrational) commitment to certain American nationalist myths and ideologies dating from the revolution.  (democracy, rights, equality) 
      (Indicentally, those same American ideologies have their roots in British traditions.  Ultimately however, they ARE ideologies, and as such neither true nor false)

    • Bededunelm

      Far from being irrational monarchy appeals to humans’ rational side by providing stability. In truth almost all nations are governed by monarchy although the terminology of the monarch varies; prime minister, president, Queen. As the name implies monarchy is simply the rule of one person, in this way Barack Obama is just as much a limited constitutional monarch as Queen Elizabeth II.

       

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