The Ministry of Defence has defended the actions of a guardsman who turned his gun on a tourist outside Windsor Castle.
The soldier from the Queen's Guard pointed his bayonet-tipped rifle at the man shouting: "Get back from the Queen's Guard" after the tourist touched him on the shoulder.
The guardsman then returned his rifle to his shoulder and continued to march.
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A spokesperson for the Ministry of Defence said that the soldier would not be disciplined and that his response was an "appropriate reaction" to the tourist's behaviour.
"Since that incident, a rope has now been installed at that sentry position that keeps tourists away and stops people approaching," the MoD added. "It is disappointing that a member of the public has shown such disrespect towards the Queen's Guard."
The spokesperson added: "The soldier is there to protect the Queen, himself and the sentry position. He reacts appropriately."
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