Tourist yelled at by Queen Elizabeth’s Guard for touching her horse and people are divided
A woman was quite surprised after one of Queen Elizabeth II’s guards yelled at her for touching her horse. The TikTok video posted by the tourist’s son-in-law has been viewed 4.2 million times and is still counting.
Opinions are divided. Some say the guard was within his rights to reprimand the woman, while others say he could have been more tactful.
Whatever your stance on the monarchy, there’s no doubt that the Windsors are a major cultural symbol in Britain. You’ll find their likeness on everything from t-shirts to coffee mugs, and royal residences like Buckingham Palace are a treat for tourists. Queen Elizabeth II is particularly popular and she is the longest reigning monarch in British history. She is also the second longest monarch in world history, behind King Louis XIV of France, who ruled for more than 72 years. Elizabeth II has been on the throne for 70 years and shows no signs of slowing down at 96.
For those unaccustomed to royalty, there is an understandable curiosity and awe. Many Americans are fascinated by the Windsors and the escape they offer. They mourned the untimely death of Princess Diana in 1997. They connected in the millions when Prince William married Kate Middleton in 2011 and Prince Harry married Meghan Markle in 2018.
What some don’t know is that there are certain protocols when interacting with the Royal Family themselves or with the Queen’s Guards. One rule should be obvious even to those who aren’t royals: don’t touch without permission.
The woman in the TikTok video found out the hard way. The problem wasn’t that she wanted to take a picture with one of the Queen’s guards. Many tourists do this and the guards are used to it. But she took it upon herself to grab the reins and it agitated both horse and rider.
The guard shouted with all his might, “Get away from the Queen’s rescuer!” Don’t touch the reins! The woman fled and her stepson who posted the video described the guard as “an angry little man”. He also swore never to visit London again.
While some agreed with the son-in-law, others shrugged.
“It’s not Disney, it’s workhorses and serving the military,” one person wrote.
“Would you grab the steering wheel if someone was driving?” asked another.
9 Honey reporter Natalie Oliveri shed some light on the matter.
“I assume the woman was reprimanded so forcefully by the keeper for safety reasons because approaching the horse as a stranger may scare the animal away,” she said. “And if the horse was frightened, it may have thrashed and injured the woman and, in turn, her rider. As a general rule, you should never attempt to touch an animal while it is on duty, whether it is a horse, police dog or service animal.