Friday, 9 May 2008

Guarding Old Redsocks

Nowadays his minders are just like those of any other celebrities: highly trained, inconspicuously dressed, watchful eyes in expressionless faces, weapons concealed but ready for instant use. In earlier times they were much prettier although possibly less effective; today the Swiss Guards still exist, but have only a ceremonial function.

The one pictured here looks a bit sulky. This might be because he knows that he will never have a chance to defend the Pope heroically like those being commemorated at this wreath-laying ceremony (they were all slaughtered in May 1527), or merely because he feels a bit of a buffoon standing to attention in a fancy hat and comic pantaloons.

And, the little man in the black suit behind him is undoubtedly up to something.

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