Shortly before the big celebrations for the platinum anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II (96), several members of her bodyguard have been arrested. This was confirmed by a spokesman for the British Ministry of Defence, according to the newspaper “The Guardian”.
A statement said: “As part of a planned operation, the Royal Military Police have arrested six Irish Guard soldiers and a Coldstream Guard veteran on suspicion of planned drug trafficking, money lending and money laundering.”
Arrests in nationwide raids
None of the affected soldiers would participate in the parades planned for the Queen’s platinum anniversary, it said. “The army does not tolerate any illegal or fraudulent behavior,” the spokesman added. The suspicion is now the subject of an independent investigation by the Royal Military Police.
According to the Daily Mirror, the suspects were arrested on Wednesday in nationwide raids in Hampshire, Berkshire, North Wales and Northern Ireland. Five men were apparently released on bail, two are still in custody.
Prince William is Commander of the Irish Guards
The Irish Guards were formed in 1900 by Queen Victoria (1819-1901) and are now the most operationally active unit of the British Army. In addition to light infantry and deployment as a guard regiment, the Guard takes part in important events such as Trooping the Colour or Remembrance Sunday.
Prince William (39) has been commander of the Guard since 2011. As such, he gave the regiment new colors last week in preparation for this year’s Trooping the Colour ceremony on June 2.