It’s the Queen’s uniform

How did I miss this! Harrods turned away an Officer from the Royal Horse Artillery because he was in uniform.

Well, they have now turned away my business until they change their policy.

This leads me back to a view that I have had for some time. I feel that the armed forces are invisible, you see police officers, medical professionals, fire fighters etc. on almost a daily basis but our fighting forces are out of site and out of mind.

It is only in the last six months or so that overstretch in the armed forces has crept into the public consciousness and I believe that the armed forces would not have such a poor deal if they were more often in the thoughts of the society that they protect, it would also have a positive effect on recruitment.

The invisibility of the armed forces is relatively new. Before the problems with Northern Ireland military uniforms were worn out and about regularly and soldiers were much more part of society. Now that the IRA threat has virtually gone it would be good to see more service personnel in uniform again.

12 responses to “It’s the Queen’s uniform

  1. It gets worse James,

    < HREF="http://stcrispinsday.com/blog1/2007/01/11/the-future-of-the-military-in-jeopardy/">Here on my blog is another account of the poor treatment our military get when on their own shores in uniform.

  2. It gets worse James,

    < HREF="http://stcrispinsday.com/blog1/2007/01/11/the-future-of-the-military-in-jeopardy/">Here on my blog is another account of the poor treatment our military get when on their own shores in uniform.

  3. Is this actually so, James? Was it for the uniform or was it soemthing in the way he behaved? And if it was the uniform, why on earth? Doesn’t uniform constitute ‘well dressed’ or was the guy in battle fatigues?

  4. Is this actually so, James? Was it for the uniform or was it soemthing in the way he behaved? And if it was the uniform, why on earth? Doesn’t uniform constitute ‘well dressed’ or was the guy in battle fatigues?

  5. James H,
    This was done to death on the ARRSE forum here
    and the details of his were that he was actually in Service Dress.
    The closest I could find was this The 4th 5th & 6th pictures are examples of infantry service dress (Light Infantry, now sadly disbanded under Blair!), but the RHA would be similar to a non-trained eye (like Mr. Cleverly’s)

  6. James H,
    This was done to death on the ARRSE forum here
    and the details of his were that he was actually in Service Dress.
    The closest I could find was this The 4th 5th & 6th pictures are examples of infantry service dress (Light Infantry, now sadly disbanded under Blair!), but the RHA would be similar to a non-trained eye (like Mr. Cleverly’s)

  7. Al Fayed is entitled to turn away custom from anybody he wishes. He suspects members of the Queen’s family and staff were responsible for the killing of his son and his future daughter-in-law, so it is not surprising he refuses entry to somebody wearing ‘the Queen’s uniform’.

    Like you I’ll never shop in Harrods again, but then I wasn’t planning to anyway. Did you previously go there regularly?

  8. Al Fayed is entitled to turn away custom from anybody he wishes. He suspects members of the Queen’s family and staff were responsible for the killing of his son and his future daughter-in-law, so it is not surprising he refuses entry to somebody wearing ‘the Queen’s uniform’.

    Like you I’ll never shop in Harrods again, but then I wasn’t planning to anyway. Did you previously go there regularly?

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