Queen's guards 'fail drugs test'
BBC News, December 1, 2006
Five soldiers who guarded the Queen during the
State Opening of Parliament have tested positive for
They were among a group of seven
based at Chelsea Barracks in west London who failed
a compulsory Army drugs test.
The soldiers had provided urine
samples for the testing, carried out two days before
the royal guard duty last month.
Five of the
soldiers from Chelsea Barracks guarded the
A Ministry of Defence spokesman
said the results were not known until after they
group had guarded the queen and internal action
would now be taken.
The spokesman added: "Individuals
who are found to be taking or supplying illegal
drugs are usually discharged from military service.
"Drug misuse is incompatible with
life in the Armed Forces and will not be tolerated."
The Ministry of Defence said
positive drug test results in the Army for the past
four years stood at about 0.7%, compared with more
than 5% in civilian workplace drug testing
programmes in the UK.