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.


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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?


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