'I thought I'd been hit by a horse!' British tourist barged out of the way by marching Guardsmen outside Buckingham Palace admits even he sees the funny side
Tourist gets barged out of the way by marching Queen's Guard by Buckingham Palace | Daily Mail Online
- Hilarious video captures moment bumbling tourist gets caught up in march
- Gerry Weatherhead did not get out of the way of Queen's Guard in time
- Video shows him being barged by soldier who does not break his stride
- Tourist goes flying as a woman's voice can be heard saying 'stupid man!'
By KEILIGH BAKER FOR MAILONLINEPUBLISHED: 19:03 EST, 17 June 2015 | UPDATED: 23:05 EST, 17 June 2015
This is the hilarious moment a bumbling tourist was barged out of the path of a troop of marching Guardsmen outside Buckingham Palace.
The man in the viral video has now been identified as Gerry Weatherhead, 58, a retired RAF engineer from Haverhill in Suffolk, who today good naturedly laughed off the incident.He said: 'As a former military man myself I'm more embarrassed than anything else - but no one was hurt and there was no harm done.
It's quite funny really!' In the short clip, which was uploaded on Monday and has been viewed almost 1,500,000 times, a large group of tourists can be seen milling outside a palace gate waiting for the troop to go past.
The video focuses on a Mr Weatherhead, who is carrying a large camera as he chats to his wife with his back to the oncoming tide of red and bearskin.
In the clip Gerry Weatherhead can be seen being barged by the soldier outside Buckingham Palace - causing him to go flying while the guardsman does not break his strideApparently oblivious to the noisy sound of synchronised marching Mr Weatherhead continues to chat to his wife - until he is unceremoniously body barged by a soldier, sending him flying.His wife also got caught up in the furore and they can be seen stumbling out of shot.
Following the collision the video shows the unconcerned soldier continuing to march while a loud military voice bellowed at Mr Weatherhead: 'Make way!'A woman's voice can then be heard jeering: 'Stupid man!'
The video was shot on Saturday during the Trooping of the Colour in central London to mark the Queen's birthday.The parade began at Buckingham Palace before moving through Horse Guards Parade, The Mall and Admiralty Arch to mark the Queen's official birthday.
Calm before the storm: Mr Weatherhead looks at the camera as he chats to his wife outside the gate
Oblivious: The pair continue to talk, apparently unaware of the oncoming tide of Guardsmen approaching
Talking: Despite the soldiers marching a whisker away from him the tourist continues to chat to his companion
Speaking to MailOnline this afternoon, Mr Weatherhead, a semi-professional photographer, explained how he got caught up in the cringe-inducing incident.
He said: 'I was visiting London with my wife and we thought we we would go and see the Trooping of the Colour, as we'd never seen it before.
'So we took pictures of the Queen at The Mall and then we came back through St James’s park.‘To be honest with you I was dying for a pee so I was taking off my camera to hand to my wife, and with all the noise and the chatter I didn’t hear them coming – and that’s when all hell broke loose.
‘Being ex-military myself I’m more embarrassed than anything else.‘There was so much noise I just did not hear.‘When the soldier bumped into me I initially thought a horse had walked into me.
'When asked if he was angry or upset by the incident Mr Weatherhead, who was with the RAF for 12 years, was quick to defend the soldier.'No, not at all,' he said. 'I've got a lot of time for people in the military.'It was my fault for getting in the way.
It would have helped if they had shouted sooner, but no harm was done and no one was hurt.'Like I said, I'm just a bit embarrassed!'
The moment of contact: The soldier barges into Mr Weatherhead as the troop marches past the tourists
Panic: Mr Weatherhead's wife frantically tries to right him as he stumbles even further into the troop
Shoved: The pair are unceremoniously pushed even further into the troop provoking the wrath of a guardsman
Gone but not forgotten: As Mr Weatherhead stumbles out of shot a woman can be heard saying: 'Stupid man!'