A wild theory about the team employed to keep watch over King Charles is gaining traction online, with social media sleuths convinced there is more than meets the eye to these guards.
At the heart of it is speculation the royal security have fake arms so they can keep one of their hands, discreetly concealed under their jackets and vests, on a gun, should trouble arise.
One person on TikTok took note of the way the guards were holding their hands as they watched closely over the new King.
“King Charles’ security. Do some have fake arms, hands on guns?” Jason wrote in a post on the popular platform.
He argued one of the guards, identified by a user as Major Jonathan Thompson — who has taken the internet by storm in recent days, was holding a “suspicious” looking hand that appeared to be “inanimate”.
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He said a second, taller guard also had an arm that looks “fake”. His supporting evidence was the different grips in the guard’s hands.
“That open palm grip doesn’t change at all,” he said, adding the arm had a “weird swing”.
Adding weight to his argument was a “bulge” in the guard’s jacket, which could potentially be a firearm.
The video has racked up close to 16 million views and generated plenty of discussion around the theory the guards had their hands on the trigger at all times.
“The clue is in the name ‘armed security’ one person posed.
Another said: “It’s the guards you can’t see you need to worry about.”
Others argued it was “well established” that this occurs and that most world leaders were covered in a similar fashion.
Meanwhile Britain, world leaders and royalty from across the globe will bid a final farewell to Queen Elizabeth, the last towering figure of her era, at a state funeral of inimitable pageantry.
At 6.30am (1530 AEST) on Monday, an official lying-in-state period ends after four days in which hundreds of thousands have queued to file past the casket of Britain’s longest-reigning monarch at London’s historic Westminster Hall.
Transport chiefs said one million people were expected in central London for the funeral, while police say it will be the biggest security operation ever in the capital.
Tens of millions in Britain and abroad are expected to watch the funeral of the monarch, something which has never been televised before. It will end with the Last Post trumpet salute before the church and the nation falls silent for two minutes.
THIS TUESDAY IN THE WEST AUSTRALIAN, A FINAL FAREWELL AS THE WORLD STOPS TO MARK THE PASSING OF OUR QUEEN. THE FUNERAL SERVICE, THE FAMILY, THE FAMOUS FACES, THE FINAL PROCESSION. AN HISTORIC 12-PAGE PICTORIAL SPECIAL ONLY IN THE WEST AUSTRALIAN.
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