As I mentioned, today was Margaret Thatcher's funeral. This photo was on the morning news pages, and I was struck by the ceremonial dress of the Honour Guard. I wonder where they get those helmets with the built-in lightning rods and feathers? And those boots? Harrods?
Nobody does pomp like the British. If you've never seen the Changing of the Guard ceremony at Buckingham Palace, you've missed something quite spectacular. I have no idea what the purpose of it all is, with the cavalry and bands and such, but I liked it. Maybe it was just for the benefit of us tourists.
....the Swiss Guard that protects the Vatican. If there's ever trouble in St. Peter's Square, just imagine a few hundred of these guys counter attacking with their red-plumed helmets, court jester costumes, and assault rifles. Grrrr! (They need to cull that tall guy in the middle. He ruins the chorus line.)
I'd have to give the Indian's a B-. They've got the Las Vegas show-girl headdress down, but IMO they need a bit more panache with the rest of their outfit. (Read: Lose the brown.)
It's good be Leader, at least until your subjects behead you. Remember Libya's Muammar Gaddafi? Snappy dresser he was.
Here's something I'll bet you haven't seen in the Western press.....the North Korean Army Terror-ette's Drill Team. Step, kick, step, step kick!
And then there's the Greek army. Laugh if you want, but I think they'd make a very effective fighting force. I mean, if I saw a division of these guys charging me with their chiffon shirts, tights, and petticoats, not to mention those cute little puffy balls on their shoes, I'd run like hell.
I'm sorry, but I have to say my US of A needs to up their game. Whenever we get our financial house back in order I think we need to bring in a designer to give our troops more flamboyant uniforms.
Maybe they could make it a TV reality show where we could call in and vote for our favorite. It's the American way. ;)