Brits Abandon 21-Gun Royal Wedding Salute for “Health and Safety” Reasons

OK, it’s official: The Land of Hope and Glory has lost the plot. “When Prince William and Kate Middleton leave Westminster Abbey on Friday, there will be no 21-gun salute to mark their union,” telegraph.co.uk reports. “Plans for such an honour in Hyde Park were abandoned because of fears over ‘health and safety’ and ‘noise pollution’.” But wait! “The MoD [Ministry of Defense] refuses to discuss the bureaucratic obstacles involved in staging gun salutes in London. ‘The reason there is no gun salute is because it is not traditional to have one at a royal wedding,’ its spokesman insists.” What? As the Torygraph points out, “Queen Victoria and Prince Albert’s wedding in 1840 began with such a tribute.” Note to the MoD: pull the other one. It has bells on it.

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8 Responses to Brits Abandon 21-Gun Royal Wedding Salute for “Health and Safety” Reasons

  1. avatar2yellowdogs says:

    The land formerly known as England has long since ceased to exist. This is just the latest (and one of the most pathetic) sign of its demise.

    Stiff upper lip? Keep calm and carry on? Caualties of 65 years of ever-increasing socialization and nanny state control.

  2. avatarJohn Fritz says:

    Note to the MoD: pull the other one. It has bells on it.

    What does that mean? I’m dumb on Sundays.

  3. avatarJOE MATAFOME says:

    England was once one of the most powerful countries in the world, and now look at them.

  4. avatarRuffridr says:

    It probably would have started a mass epidemic of pants shiiting.

  5. avatarAK says:

    Lame.

    And the mohammedans want to protest at the wedding.

    Great Britain has ceased to exist. Welcome to Umma Kingdhim.

  6. avatarRalph says:

    If it’s safety they’re worried about, why don’t they just turn the guns in the other direction? Problem solved. No need to thank me. Rule Britannia.

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