The Queen inspecting the 1st Battalion Cameronians
at Holyrood 1950/60s
I watched David Cameron inspecting the Guard of Honour during his visit to India and found his performance disappointing. He looked extremely uncomfortable; as if he wished he was anywhere but there. Possibly that's not too far from the truth. He appeared to shrink in stature as he attempted to refrain from making a run for it. (I've tried hard to find a video clip with David Cameron inspecting the guard of honour in India but no news outlets have one).
'It really is time to give politicians some basic training in the courtesies of such inspections'. Indeed it is. The suggestion that HRH, Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh could lead the training is excellent. It could turn out to be a nice wee earner for Her Majesty's purse too. HRH Training Ltd has a pleasant ring to it don't you think?
As part of the training from royalty, a few 6am's on the parade ground at Catterick should be included in the induction. Just as a warm up. I'm sure HM Forces will be too happy to help out HRH in her project. Our politicians need to learn how to walk the walk as well as talk the talk and do the walking with some dignity.