711 Steinbach Nutcracker King's Beefeater
Hello, I am the King’s Guard.
Living or made of wood? That was once
the question in London when a young and inquisitive girl came to see the
guards for the first time and saw them standing stiff as a poker. They
are all fine young men in their uniforms and every day at half past
eleven a.m. exactly they start moving. Then comes the changing of the
guard and it is a traditionally exercised ceremony. Step by step it is
drilled exactly. After changing the men stand as still as a statue and
look straight ahead, motionless.
But one day our inquisitive girl
tiptoed to the guard-house. With her sharp shoe she stepped hard on the
And what do you think happened? She got
the shock of her life. The soldier moved quickly and stepped with his
boot on her little shoe. This of course was absolutely against the
strict order not to move on duty. But the wise Queen decided this case
in the following way: The insubordinate soldier must marry the
young girl! Since that time it is in the custom not to step on “young
ladies” feet, except if you intend to end up as her husband.
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