IamA Ex Queens Guard, served 4 years. AMA!
As requested, I've previously served in the Grenadier Guards for four years. I've been on countless ceremonial duties including Street lining for the Royal Wedding, three Trooping of the colour and even a ceremonial duty in Kuwait.
Due to legal reasons, there could be questions I'm not allowed to answer. So this is an Ask Me Almost Anything.
How boring does this job get and how do you cope with that? A. A Job is a job, it's exciting at first then you just get on with it like any other.
How casual can it be compared to the perception of stoicism your job carries? A. Being Grenadier Guards we are the most prestigious, well drilled and most disciplined out of the five regiments. We had a lot of pressure to ensure we kept to what was expected of us.
What are your other duties outside of just standing there? A. We do have other duties but sadly can't answer this question.
What moments did you hate your job? A. Loosing my weekend plans due to ceremonial duty wasn't fun
Any entertaining anecdotes/interactions with citizens or tourists? A. Being a Queens Guard also means that I'm a trained Soldier. I was fresh back from tour and had a duty at St James Palace, an American tourist said to me "It's all well and good you guys standing there, but there are real soldiers out there that are doing real soldiering" I was wearing my Afghanistan medal while I just stared at him with hatred.
As for proof as I'm no longer serving in the Armed Forces. I do still have pictures if requested. For now here is my medals, beret and buff belt i used throughout my career.
Edit: I'll come back to this tomorrow feel free to leave a question, for now I'm off to bed.
Edit 2: Calling this to a close. Thank you for your time
edit 3: If you leave a question I will try and get to it when I can, I thought all questions had been asked