One of the Queen’s guards just couldn’t ignore the call of the sesh. Coldstream Guards’ Major James Coleby was filmed allegedly snorting a line of white powder off of a ceremonial sword while on duty at St James’ Palace in central London, home to Princesses Eugenie and Beatrice. The ministry of defence has started an investigation and stated that three soldiers would be questioned.
Coleby was filmed sniffing the powder inside the Officer’s Mess room during a drink up on Monday night. Lieutenant Charles McLean filmed it and ‘accidentally’ posted it on a messaging service for personnel, and it was later obtained by the Sun.
The video starts with 27-year-old Captain Alex Ritchie leaning over the sword as he cuts up a substance with a card, before asking 41-year-old Major Coleby, “How much? Two inches? You want two inches of that? If you get rid of that I’ll be mightily impressed.”
Coleby then hunches over the blade and allegedly snorts the substance as a women shouts, “No, don’t do it, for the love of God!”
Coleby, Ritchie and McLean were all on guard duty at the time the video was taken and will face an inquiry. A source has said that drinking alcohol on duty is allowed, but if it was drugs they were allegedly snorting, it would be a criminal matter.