I was looking at some pictures (they were unavoidable) of the queen’s lying-in-state, and I noticed an odd thing.
The pikemen are outstandingly obvious, but who are the guys with sticks? I zoomed in a bit, out of curiousity, and noticed that the ends of the sticks are slotted. They’re not sticks they’re longbows. I guess it’s important to have a token force of 4 longbowmen protecting the queen’s body in case 15,000 armored French knights on horses come storming through the chunnel.
If you look closely on their right hip, they appear to have some kind of trick wossname (I’m all a’quiver) holding a ritual 4 arrows. So if it’s 16 French knights, they’re going to have a fucking bad day. I bet those guys can actually shoot those things.
Meanwhile, I have nothing else to say about the endless coverage of the royal death, except “oh my god you fucking Mountbatten poseurs please stop wearing military uniforms covered with ‘I am a royal’ medals. It’s not impressive, you look stupid and you’re probably charging the government for the tailoring when you’re all filthy fucking rich and can buy your own lamborghinis and blow and cosplaying outfits.” Basically, all that bling says they’re cosplaying interesting people.
By the way, did you catch the cool-ass law the royals put in place, which basically says, “if we had to pay inheritance tax like hoi polloi, it would financially impact us, so we exempt ourselves, haw haw haw!” You remember the old adage “no taxation without representation”? It should be updated to “if you don’t pay taxes, we fucking ignore you, you over-bred twits.”