Photos: Queen Elizabeth chats with a special forces sniper in full camo

November 27, 2012

Queen Elizabeth II, the constitutional monarch of 16 sovereign nations, 86 years young, visited Combermere Barracks in the London suburb of Windsor, producing the latest in what has been a string of delightful photo ops, first noted by Defense News. I've included a few, but this first one is my favorite: a British special forces sniper, wearing full field camouflage, talks with his queen. Who knows what they discussed – probably just polite chit-chat – but it's hard to miss the queen's steely, sniper-like gaze, as the British warrior hunches himself into a posture that's almost a mirror image of his monarch's.


(David Parker - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

Here are a few more from the Combermere Barracks visit, including one of the queen laughing (why?) as she looks over a machine gun that appears to be roughly equal her size. Otherwise, when looking at horses or humans, she appears quite stern. In one of the photos, a red beret-wearing soldier pulls at his hands in apparent nervousness as he walks with her. Can you blame him?


(David Parker - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

 


(David Parker - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

 


(David Parker - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

 


(David Parker - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
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