A soldier has been caught sneakily listening to his earphones while doing sentry duty in his full finery.
He was spotted at 7.30am today in central London outside the Horse Guards building alongside a Ministry of Defence police officer.
Bemused tourists looked on as the Life Guard listened to music while carrying a sword over his shoulder.
He was spotted at 7.30am today in central London outside the Horse Guards building alongside a Ministry of Defence police officer
Bemused tourists looked on as the Life Guard listened to music while carrying a sword over his shoulder
One onlooker told MailOnline: ‘He’s got 18th century armour on and a 2017 headset. It’s all a bit odd’
What he could have been listening to
- Changing of the Guard – Bob Dylan
- Don’t Rain on my Parade – Barbra Streisand
- I Fought in a War – Belle and Sebastian
- The Soldiering Life – The Decemberists
- Royals – Lorde
- Soulja Boy
- Queens of the Stone Age
- The Kings of Leon
One onlooker told MailOnline: ‘It was kind of unusual sight really. He’s a Life Guard and they don’t normally listen to iPods on duty, do they?
‘He’s got 18th century armour on and a 2017 headset. It’s all a bit odd.’
Soldiers working on the streets of London have become a popular attraction for tourists which has led to them being more susceptible to mockery.
Recently one soldier was filmed pointing his weapon and shouting at a man who tried to touch him on the shoulder.
In June footage emerged online of a tourist allegedly throwing a glove at a Queen’s Guard in a bid to make him break protocol and pick it up.
The video, taken at the Tower of London, showed the soldier standing at ease while the tourists stared at him from behind a railing.
Although the video did not show the woman throwing the glove on the floor, witnesses claimed she did so to make the guard pick it up.
An Army spokesperson said: ‘We are currently investigating images of a soldier on duty at Horse Guards today wearing an earpiece.
‘If a member of the Armed Forces is found to have fallen below the high standards expected, appropriate action will be taken.’