Giving a Mass Naked Salute
Prince Henry Charles of Wales, affectionately known as Prince Harry, is a popular British "royal" who is third in line for the crown and is respected and admired in England, in part because he eschewed the posh life of traveling and going to university in favor of enrolling in the British military. But in 2012, he got in a bit of hot water when a party he attended in Las Vegas got a little out of hand and some photos of him sans clothing turned up on the Internet.
Instead of being embarrassed or angry, however, over 13,000 people joined a Facebook page called "Support Prince Harry With a Naked Salute." Standing in solidarity with the prince, who was subject to be reprimanded when he returned to the Army Air Corps, British soldiers stripped down and saluted him while taking pictures.
"This is my rifle; this is my gun ... wait, which is which again?"
The photos showed female as well as male participants, many of whom abhorred the idea of posing in a state of undress on the Internet, but damn it, they just had to express their support. And what else are they going to do, sign a petition?
"To be perfectly honest, we were doing this long before we heard about the Prince Harry thing."
Although no one was likely disciplined for the stunt, army commanders didn't approve. One source told a British newspaper, "Everyone sees the funny side but there are people at senior levels in the army who do not consider this to be appropriate. They will be thinking 'Does this really show us in the professional light we want to be seen in?'" And really, when have soldiers ever acted unprofessionally?
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