The Times They Are A-changin’


AP photo/Tim Hales

AP photo/Tim Hales

How cool is this? There are 90 Sikh soldiers in Britain’s armed forces, and, when the Buckingham Palace Household Guard is on operations, other regiments sub for them. This week, the first two Sikhs to ever perform guard duty at Buckingham Palace and to guard the Crown Jewels at the Tower of London. Now, Lance Corporal Sarjvit Singh, left, of The Army Air Corps, and Signaller Simranjit Singh of the Royal Signals, have been given the honor. “My experience being a Sikh on the queen’s guard is beyond words,” said Corporal Singh. “It is a once in a lifetime opportunity. I feel privileged to have this honor.”  I think they look very spiffy, and formidable.  It’s wonderful to see such positive changes taking place.

Sikhs routinely guarded Queen Victoria during the days when India was part of the Empire, forming about 20% of the army.

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