BRITAIN’S First Turban-Wearing Sikh Buckingham Palace Guard From Leicester May Be Kicked Out for Cocaine

A Sikh member of the Coldstream Guards, center, wears a turban as he takes part in the Colonel's Review, the final rehearsal for Trooping the Colour, the Queen's annual birthday parade, in London, Saturday, June 2, 2018.
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LEICESTER’S First Turban-Wearing Sikh Buckingham Palace Guard May Be Kicked Out Over Allegedly Testing Positive For Cocaine Recently

CRIMSON TAZVINZWA //Coldstream Guards soldier wore the traditional Sikh head covering at the Queen’s 92nd birthday ceremony in June 2018.

A Sikh from Leicester who became the first Coldstream Guard to wear a turban during the Trooping the Color, rather than the regiment’s iconic tall fuzzy hat, faces being booted out after he allegedly tested positive for cocaine last week, the Sun reported, citing an unnamed source.

Sikh men with sabres celebrate Vaisakhi.
Sikh men hold sabres, known in Punjabi as “talwar”, as they prepare to lead the annual Vaisakhi parade. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

The insider told the publication that the accused had purportedly registered “high levels” of the Class A drug, adding that, if true, “the Guards carry out public duties at the Palace, it’s disgraceful behavior. It is for a commanding officer to decide if he gets the boot – but anyone caught talking Class A drugs can expect to be dismissed.”

According to the source, he and two other soldiers are said to have failed the drug test last week.

Sikh Leicester fans pose before the match. Leicester is one of the most diverse cities in the UK.
Sikh Fans pose before the match. Leicester is one of the most diverse cities in the UK

Meanwhile, Head of Army Personnel Services Group Brigadier Christopher Coles said: “I can confirm that a number of soldiers from the Coldstream Guards are under investigation for alleged drug misuse. Drug abuse is incompatible with military service and those caught taking drugs can expect to be discharged.”

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The soldier hit the headlines in June after he made history by taking part in the Trooping the Color parade to mark the Queen’s official birthday, becoming the first of his regiment to wear a turban during the ceremony.

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