Buckingham Palace Guards Withdrawn amid Fears of ‘Lone Wolf’ Terror Attack

Anil Dawar, Express, December 28, 2014

Soldiers of the Queen’s Guard have been pulled back from public positions at many landmarks in response to possible threats from Islamic extremists.

And for the first time since the height of the IRA’s terror campaign in the 1980s, the elite soldiers are no longer allowed on sentry duty alone and are being shadowed by armed police.

The drastic move is thought to have come in response to the killing of Fusilier Lee Rigby and the recent shooting of a Canadian forces sentry by a lone gunman at the country’s National War Memorial.

Last month the police and intelligence services revealed they had foiled an Islamist plot to mount a possible attack on serviceman and civilians on Remembrance Sunday.

The national terror threat level in the UK was raised from substantial to severe earlier this year, meaning a terrorist attack is “highly likely.”

But the move to put the Guards, famed for their bearskin hats, out of public reach have been described as a “retreat.”

Major Iain Dalzel-Job, a retired Scots Guards officer, said that the repositioning of soldiers at Clarence House and St James’s Palace was “a big shame”.

He said: “The reason people know we’re around is because they can see us. But I suppose the changes are necessary as there is a significant threat.”

Former Welsh guardsman and ex-Met police officer Terry O’Shea said: “Moving the Guardsmen back to a more secure area seems an honourable retreat given the danger posed by the terrorists. We have got to strike a balance between not compromising our traditions and protecting our soldiers. Unfortunately this is a sign of the times. We’ve seen horrific incidents across the world and in our capital city, so some action had to be taken to reduce the risk, even if it can never be eliminated.

“The terrorists are looking for something spectacular, so the Guards would suit their agenda.”

Lord Carlile, the former Government watchdog on counter-terrorism, called the changes “measured and not an over-reaction.”

The repositioning of members of the Coldstream, Welsh and Scots Guards–which provide all the Royal Guards–has happened across the capital and Windsor Castle

At Prince Charles’ official residence, Clarence House, the sentry boxes which once stood in front of the gates on The Mall have now been repositioned, along with their occupants, behind metal gates.

While at St James’s Palace, the London home of Princesses Anne, Beatrice and Eugenie, two Guardsmen have now been moved into a secluded courtyard inside the perimeter, leaving no visible presence at its famous clock tower gate.

At Horse Guards Parade members of the Household Cavalry, armed only with ceremonial swords, still occupy their usual posts in Whitehall but they are being protected by up to four Scotland Yard officers.

Armed police have also been on duty outside Windsor Castle alongside the traditional guardsmen.

The tightening of security to levels unseen since the height of the IRA terror campaign comes in the wake of fanatics from the Islamic State based in Iraq and Syria threatening Britain.

Al-Qaeda groups have also called on would-be terrorists to launch “lone wolf” attacks against UK soldiers and police.

Buckingham Palace and the Met Police would not comment on security matters, but the Ministry of Defence said: “We routinely review security arrangements.”

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  • SentryattheGate

    Yet another concession to the “peace-loving” Muslims, along with halal food menus in British schools, welfare to Muslims with multiple wives, squat-style public toilets, etc, etc. More power to UKIP!

    • David Ashton

      And houses built with lavatories facing the right way round.
      UKIP is better than anything else on offer, but Carswell is no patriot.

  • MekongDelta69

    You do that, then the muslim terrorists win.

    Notice the ‘genuine’ English name of the writer – Anil Dawar.

    There is no White Western country left that will crush invaders, external or internal.

    • Sick of it

      “There is no White Western country left that will crush invaders, external or internal.”

      With their CURRENT governments. Things can change rather quickly.

      • Fr. John+

        Sick- ‘from your mouth to God’s ears,’ as they say.

        And quickly.

  • james AZ

    Expell all Muslims out of Europe, Australia, Canada , New Zealand, and USA sooner”…….

    • Michigan Patriot

      Amen !

  • Tarczan

    The articles about blacks get more comments and draw more negative reactions, but the Muslims are a much bigger threat to whites and our way of life.

    • Germanic Depressive

      And then there are the black Muslims.

      • Scott Rosen

        And then there”s the Tribe that presents the true misfortune…

    • Ron Cheaters

      I Saw a couple today and I got mad.. the female was on a bridge looking for fish – wearing a stylish blue burqua, the male was taking it all in, they were driving a brand new Lexus, and I was in my brand new 2000 Mazda Protege – that I just put a new engine in… (I can only afford to drive because I can repair garbage)
      I Yelled out “What are you doing here?” But I was too slow for them to notice.
      My bare hands wanted to get them out of my town. I don’t know what to do now.. this was my refuge. now it has refugee’s that have more money than me.

      • Germanic Depressive

        I don’t care whether they’re rich or poor, well dressed or in rags… assimilating to our culture or maintaining their own…

        They are outsiders, and they outbreed us. Nothing more needs to be said.

        They have their own countries, and we deserve to retain ours.

        • Ron Cheaters

          Right, It’s not our fault their land is undesirable.. in fact if they are desirable people deserting their homeland.. they are deserters. and don’t belong here.. I just wish I could have found a way to chuck them over the bridge without repercussions.

      • saxonsun

        I feel the same every time I see these interlopers. I also dislike dot Indians. These people simply don’t belong here.

    • Xerxes22

      The Muslims may be a bigger threat in Europe, but here in the US, it is the Blacks who are the major problem.

      • Sick of it

        Hispanic “immigration” and birth rate make the blacks a drop in the bucket.

  • dd121

    The leftists brought them here, the leftists can take responsibility for their crimes.

  • Alexandra1973

    How about just kicking the Muslims out–and back to the Middle East? Problem solved.

  • Mary

    Further evidence (like any is needed) that when you invite a hostile alien culture to reside in your nation, a myriad of very bad things will happen. You must sacrifice your neighborhoods, schools, cities, culture, traditions, freedom…essentially your very existence. Too bad so many of the elite hate their own people so much they are more than willing to subject them to this barbaric scourge.

  • Epiminondas

    The English will be the future poster boy for how Western Civ committed suicide. In fact, they’re dead and don’t know it.

    • DaveMed

      Sweden is much further down the track.

      • Ron Cheaters

        Only following the US example… Sorry neighbors, we’re in this together.

        • Julius Caesar

          I really hate it when western nations point out the failures of other western nations, we ARE in this together. We should be wanting to help each other through this. Now I’m not suggesting any of you are degrading other nations, I’m just sayin’.

          • Ron Cheaters

            I agree that unity is most important to our survival. I don’t forget history, lest it be re-written, or altered in any ay as it has been done here in Canada. If you are American, you must be able to sympathise with a population that is divided 3-ways, blacks, la-raza, and white pioneers. Canada has always been divided, and always will be, this is in my opinion we are a weak nation.. stupid, and shame on us for poking Russia in the eye every chance we get.
            You live with the greenie navy outfits… fortunately they are no more, but they were all the rage when Trudeau destroyed our country.

            And 2015 will be another election year for us, I do not want to see another liberal Quebecois govern the country as they have throughout our short history.
            If that makes sense great, if not, fine. I knew when I made the post I would tick some people off.
            But id Charle De Gaulle can come to Quebec and declare “Vive le Quebecois, Vive La Fraaance” and be applauded.. White English people need to re-consider their leaders.

          • Julius Caesar

            Yes, I live in Illinois. Unity is key. Best of luck to you and yours in Canada. You’ve always got my support.

  • LHathaway

    So, our nations are being invaded and overrun by non-whites. Our women are sleeping with them, birthing their children and even marring them (if their income is high enough – that is, if he has an affirmative action job, like hers). Our media and education systems are telling us from birth to death that white men are the cause of all evil, both foreign and domestic, in the past and on up to this day (every tiny creature on this earth suffers because of white men and their neglect). That is why it is OK, even wonderful, the height of enlightenment for everyone in the nation to have identity groups working for them and for the deserving to benefit from affirmative action (everyone except white men). For whatever reasons, they are multiplying while we decline, and they are often quite violent toward us. And they are angry about all this. The only ones who are really angry, though, seem to be Muslims. . who are attacking us.

    You can’t pay to create this kind of reverse psychology. Oh wait, you can. Expect a certain number of White women to continue sleeping with men of color anyway.

    • Ron Cheaters

      Yippeee, not only are we being replaced, but Yippeee, our women are fraternising with the nemesis. Yippeee, why haven’t the white men put te gun u and pulled the trigger yet?

      • LHathaway

        why haven’t white men put the gun on Me and pulled the trigger yet, I’m surprised they haven’t.

  • IstvanIN

    Prince George will NEVER be King. I seriously doubt William will become King. The UK is almost done and there is no point in the Royal Family relocating to Canada or Australia as they are on the down-slide as well.

    There will always be an England, well the piece of land perhaps but not the nation.

    • Ron Cheaters

      England sowed a lot of nice seeds.. but the fruit, oh the fruit, needs to be recalled.

  • Ron Cheaters

    So the British are taking lessons fro the French… And Hitler walked through France without a bulletproof vest, in fact Hitler was grateful, since he didn’t have to waste any ammunition…
    What was that about Canada in there??
    That’s right the french in Quebec declared “All Yellow fighting men don’t wear your ‘greenies’ the terrorists might attack..
    But I can say full-well all the white-english folks were digging into their closets for their military garb.
    I guarantee it froggy bag-lapper

  • eldoradocreekskipper

    How to avoid Muslim terrorism: completely deny access to western society and territory for all Muslims. Secure all borders, make sure that invaders will be stopped using deadly force if necessary. Stay out of Muslim countries, quit behaving as lackeys by waging wars for others overseas against Muslims. By the way, people who practice Islam are called Muslims. Islam is their “religion.”

    Doctrine: Islam
    Inevitable result of the very clear-cut doctrine: Jihad, terrorism
    Helpful doctrinal tool: Taqiyya (pro-Islam lies positively sanctioned by Koran)
    Taqiyya: Islam is the religion of peace [self-evident lie, consult the entire Koran]
    Taqiyya: Muslims respect “people of the book” [humiliation through rape during tax collection being one example of that being a lie]
    Taqiyya: Muslims respect learning, medieval Muslims saved scholarship for Western World [hogwash, Muslims wish to destroy all evidence of the non-Muslim past, see The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam and the Crusades]
    Taqiyya: If non muslims pay the tax, they will be left in peace [in reality the Koran calls for their humiliation (a favorite: tax collectors raping the wife in front of the Christian man after roughing up the Christian man), only Muslims allowed to be armed]

  • LeonNJ

    They could start walking with guard dogs. The muslims may start to complain that they can’t attack the guards because they’re offended by the canines around, but that’s okay!

  • Lygeia

    The guards need guards because of the Muslim influx into Britain.

    I say take away the welfare payments these Muslims receive for rent, food, medical care, transportation. Then have their countries of origin pay the British government to send these Muslims sent back to these countries (no paying these people to leave).

  • OS-Q

    I wonder if the average Guardsman is afraid or actually desiring a fight after years of glorified guard duty

  • KenelmDigby

    The British army has got a long and proud history, second to no other army on Earth.
    For this reason, this egregious act of cowardice, basically refusing soldiers doing what they should be doing – fighting – is particularly grating.
    The correct response is to stop the guards being purely ‘ceremonial’ and let do the job they are supposed to do, that is they should be armed with the heaviest caliber weaponry possible, with live ammunition, of course, and full 21st century field uniform, and be under orders to shoot to kill terrorists.

  • UncleSham

    What fool started the trend of teaching White children that “violence is never the answer”? The peaceful will be forced to kneel before the violent. We ought to hand Europe over to the Muslims now, so that after being brutally oppressed for a number of years, we may just decide to attempt to claw our way back to the top. After all, White people love an underdog.