1. I think the joke is that they’re supposed to be stoic and unemotional. You see them as guards, not as people. And, they don’t talk while on duty. This breaks all of those preconceptions, and in an especially unexpected manner.

    And, no I don’t know about the squirrels.

  2. I think CloonBounty’s got it, it’s a pun. Guards can walk up and down in front of the palace every ten minutes, but they are to remain still and upright at all other times. He can’t ‘stand’ doing this job any longer. Bah-dum-dum.

    And I’m with Arthur. I have no idea about the squirrels.

  3. I agree that it’s the “stand” pun that is the joke at the heart of the comic. They wouldn’t put two of them next to each other like that, though. Not the one’s I’ve seen.

    Now THIS is adorable and I’m sure all will understand why:

    And if you want a little more detail, that’s here: https://tinyurl.com/wvwdah7

  4. Probably something to do with the Church Of Nossex… I don’t know, do they have guards in Nossex too? Or perhaps their tall fluffy hats. Yes, it’s probably the hats.

  5. Okay, so when the guard side-stepped to his right he slipped on a wet spot and fell. But if you look at the pavement, that is the only wet spot and it is where the previous guard was standing. Now from where did that wet spit come?

  6. Visited London in the 80s and was surprised to see that the Palace guards carrying decidedly modern weapons (as they still do). Also, many of the Yeomen at the Tower of London sported 20th century service ribbons and medals on their Elizabethan uniforms.

  7. Reenacting is one thing – protection of the Queen, realm and public is another.

    Did you know that there is a design for reenactors to use to indicate the location of a fire extinguisher? Crossed shovels over a bucket. Safety is in important. (We were doing a large scale reenactment event before this symbol was designed. The day was rather windy (and unseasonably COLD) and the safety committee of the event came around to make sure that all of the fires had water buckets and blankets in case of fire spreading outside the campfire area. They came walking past and before they said anything I pointed and said “bucket of water … blanket” and they walked away. Robert when I told him this said “Did you also point and say fire extinguisher?”

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