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'He's not there to make fun of': Tourist slammed by Beefeater for 'throwing glove at Queen's Guard'

Evening Standard logo Evening Standard 1/06/2017 Francesca Gillett

queensguard3.jpg © Provided by Independent Print Limited queensguard3.jpg A tourist at the Tower of London has been slammed after allegedly tossing her glove towards a Queen’s Guard soldier in a bid to get him to move.

The female holidaymaker was caught on camera being given a dressing down by a London Beefeater who told her: “He’s not here for the public to make fun of”.

Video footage posted online by a fellow tourist captures the “stand-off” between the woman and the Queen’s Guard as the soldier refuses to move to pick up her glove.

Eventually an irritated Beefeater approaches the woman and demands: “Did you just throw your glove over?"

He asks her: “Why did you do that? The Army’s here to protect the crown jewels, he is not here for the public to make fun of.”

The Beefeater – whose job it is to guard the Tower of London – continues and says: “He’s a soldier, he serves his country, he deserves to be treated with a little respect.

“Throwing your gloves at him isn’t going to work is it really?”

queensguard1.jpg © Provided by Independent Print Limited queensguard1.jpg After telling off the tourist, the Beefeater then strides over to the soldier, picks up the glove and returns it to the woman.

The video was shared on website Reddit this week with many people deeming the tourist “disrespectful”.

Others praised the Beefeater for his “calm chiding” and his polite but firm manner.

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One user said: “See, when I’m rude I’m just rude. But when British people are mean… they’re nice and mean.”

Someone else called her “unbelievably rude” while another person added: “The glove should be confiscated.”

The Queen’s Guard – who are known for their iconic furry hats – are soldiers stationed outside royal residencies including Buckingham Palace, St James’ Palace and the Tower of London.

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