One of the sergeants looks after their socks…

From: Rosebery – Statesman in Turmoil (2005), by Leo McKinstry:

“…In April 1850, shortly before his third birthday, his mother penned this description of him: ‘He is a great darling, more affectionate than any child I ever knew: very tall, thin & rather pale, with very fine large blue eyes and the prettiest smile in the worldHe is so sensitive that a harsh word throws him into a flood of tears: nor is he, like his sisters, one instant crying, the next laughing – he is some time recovering from a burst of sorrow.’ Those words about his hurt at any criticism would have certainly struck a chord with his Liberal party colleagues of the 1890s. But he could also be headstrong, as his sister Constance once recalled: ‘The nursery party was returning home via Chesterfield Street (Mayfair, London) when Archie became fractious. Our nurse, Mrs Green, threatened to give him up to a soldier who was passing by. Archie ran up to the soldier, took his hand and began walking away.’ ”

Buckingham Palace (1924)

by A.  A. Milne

They’re changing guard at Buckingham Palace –

Christopher Robin went down with Alice.

Alice is marrying one of the guard.

“A soldier’s life is terrible hard,”

                                                                    Says Alice.

They’re changing guard at Buckingham Palace –

Christopher Robin went down with Alice.

We saw a guard in a sentry-box.

“One of the sergeants looks after their socks,”

                                                                    Says Alice.

They’re changing guard at Buckingham Palace –

Christopher Robin went down with Alice.

We looked for the King, but he never came.

“Well, God take care of him, all the same,”

                                                                    Says Alice.

They’re changing guard at Buckingham Palace –

Christopher Robin went down with Alice.

They’ve great big parties inside the grounds.

“I wouldn’t be King for a hundred pounds,”

                                                                    Says Alice.

They’re changing guard at Buckingham Palace –

Christopher Robin went down with Alice.

A face looked out, but it wasn’t the King’s.

“He’s much too busy a-signing things,”

                                                                    Says Alice.

They’re changing guard at Buckingham Palace –

Christopher Robin went down with Alice.

“Do you think the King knows all about me?”

“Sure to, dear, but it’s time for tea,”

                                                                    Says Alice.

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