LONDON — Soldiers of the Coldstream Guards, the much-photographed sentries at Queen Elizabeth II's Buckingham Palace home, have been confined to barracks after charges of brutal bullying, an army spokesman said today.
Battalion commander Miles Frisby ordered his 550 men confined to barracks on Monday until soldiers explained allegations by a 21-year-old recruit that he had been beaten up three times.
The move followed widespread charges of bullying in the British army and a series of courts-martial that have sparked demands for an inquiry into army life. Soldiers have complained of brutal initiation ceremonies, including sexual abuse.
A detachment of the guards, clad in their famous bearskin hats, marched out of the barracks this morning to take part in the traditional changing of the guard at the palace nearby.