Fallen soldier

For some reason Trooping the Colour reliably presents the spectacle of two or three, and on one memorable day five,  Guardsmen fainting at attention.  Perhaps it has something to do with standing in the sun whilst wearing a bright red, heavy woollen jacket, dark trousers, boots, and wrapping your head in the better part of an entire black bear pelt.

Apparently the jackets used to be dyed using crushed insects, which – along with the bear that got skinned for the hat – makes for quite a death toll in the animal kingdom to produce a colourful party outfit.

Fallen soldier

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