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the Queen's royal guards go for a ramble around Horse guards parade. They are a very special select and rare group of individuals specially bred to each have an oversized head or noggin as it is called among this unique class of royal Household cavalry. With high status if not quite so high pay these officers enjoy almost unrivalled adulation compared to all other military personnel from visitors to London eager to get SeLfies and signatures from the men in red and black. Slightly controversial is the furry tall hat each cavalry officer has attached permanently to his or her head. More and more people are unhappy that tradition is being upheld today even though it's at (or hat) considerable cost to the original owner of the four foot high hat. That owner was a bear, one of the world's most revered creatures. Perhaps it's time for a more compassionate outlook and style the guards head with faux fur, a beenie hat or something similar to that worn so stylishly by the group Devo. A little known fact about these traditional tall real fur hats is that they retain some form of memory of a past life. Whenever the guards pass a lake, pond or river the hats will simultaneously lean in the direction of the water as if hunting for fish. Strange but true!
Queens guards royal cavalry strolling around london

This image is one of thirty three London photos selected for the month of May 2016

 photo by michael crossley (Peckham - Paris - New York)br />