Changing of the guard: British bobbies to start packing heat

LONDON -- At the Changing of the Guards ceremony at Buckingham Palace these days, the Queen’s guards also need guarding, by police officers who are dressed to kill.

And that is a big change from the way it used to be.


An armed British officer defends the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace

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Traditionally, the only weapons British police carry are truncheons, or short clubs.

As correspondent Mark Phillips reports, about ten percent of the London police force is now trained to carry arms, a number the government wants to increase.

Watch the video above for more on the controversial plan.