Crown Jewels on Display
In this picture that's caused quite a sensation in England, Lt. Col. Simon West reveals exactly what's beneath his kilt during a group photograph with the Queen. But is the picture real? Apparently so. According to articles in a variety
of British papers
, the accidental exposure was witnessed by hundreds of people. It happened on Nov. 9 as the Queen posed with the 1st Battalion of the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders. This assumes, of course, that the exposure was accidental. Lt. Col West insists that it was. All the papers seem to be running a censored version of the picture, but Snopes
has posted what looks like the original version (click the image on the right for the uncensored, nsfw version). They say it's status is undetermined, but it looks legitimate to me. The version that ran in the papers seems too tame to have caused such a fuss.
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Also, photographers are usually a bit more touchy when composing a picture - they usually irritate subjects with requests for minor adjustments so it's a bit odd that this crass mistake would be let pass. 🐛
Which brings us to the old joke where the young man joins the Royal Army, and after basic training he comes home on leave in his Highland uniform. The first evening in the family parlor, his mother takes him aside and says, "Son, if you're going to be a soldier, you're going to have to learn to sit like a lady."
I agree with Lawrence, though, that it seems suspiciously light under that kilt, unless there's some unidentified (and highly unusual) bright light from directly in front of and slightly below the people in the photo.
David Orme (Englishman)
Just to maintain my reputation for being picky, I'll also point out that Northern Ireland is not part of Great Britain, although it is part of the United Kingdom (much to the Provisional IRA's chagrin). Great Britain is the big island covered by England, Wales, and Scotland. Ireland is that other big rock over to the west of Great Britain.
but nobody checks. if somebody challenges and you are you owe the whole regiment a beer