Definition of Yeoman of the Guard in English:

Yeoman of the Guard

noun

  • 1A member of the British sovereign's bodyguard, first established by Henry VII, now having only ceremonial duties and wearing Tudor dress as uniform.

    Also called beefeater
    • ‘Providing additional royal security was the Queen's Body Guard of the Yeoman of the Guard, resplendent in the bright red outfits, dating from Tudor times, and more familiar to visitors to the Tower of London.’
    • ‘The royal household, it is true, numbered some 2,000 persons, but that included 210 Yeomen of the Guard, 55 gentlemen pensioners, together with cooks and porters, who were not civil servants in the modern sense.’
    • ‘They were presented with a pouch containing silver one, two, three and four penny pieces from golden trays held by the Yeomen of the Guard.’
    • ‘The Yeomen of the Guard, with their red robes and long spears, stood at attention.’
    • ‘Captain Ray Duffy, 54, from Clifton Moor, was chosen from a long list of applicants to join the Queen's Body Guard of the Yeomen of the Guard in London.’
    • ‘Gordon makes little secret of his view that Britain possesses a tried and trusted military force in the Yeomen of the Guard and that any additional firepower is an extravagant superfluity.’
    • ‘The Houses of Parliament are still searched by the Yeomen of the Guard before the state opening which has been held in November since 1928.’
    • ‘In 1723, he was appointed Captain of the Yeomen of the Guard.’
    • ‘Westminster Abbey, awash with 2,311 mourners, was a sea of black with the Yeomen of the Guard and Gentlemen-at-Arms like small crimson islands in their Tudor uniforms.’
    • ‘She was surrounded by traditionally-clad Yeomen of the Guard and accompanied at the ceremony in a packed abbey by Lord High Almoner Nigel McCulloch, Bishop of Wakefield, girded with a traditional towel.’
    • ‘These were separately chambered matchlock pistols, the barrels of which poked through the centre of disc-shaped shields; they are thought to have been intended to arm the king's bodyguard of the Yeomen of the Guard.’
    • ‘The Yeomen of the Guard marched in and took their positions in the crowd to make way when the Queen arrived.’
    • ‘As a result of the Gunpowder Plot, today the Houses of Parliament are searched by the Yeomen of the Guard just before the State Opening, although one assumes and hopes this is largely symbolic.’
    • ‘The Grand Entrance, inside the Palace Quadrangle, was lit by torches in the style of the Olympic flame and the Yeomen of the Guard, in scarlet Tudor uniforms, were on parade to emphasise the history and tradition of the British bid.’
    • ‘Capt Duffy, 54, of Clifton Moor, joined the Queen's Body Guard of the Yeomen of the Guard in London yesterday for a Royal inspection.’
    • ‘The scarlet was repeated in the medieval uniforms of the Yeoman of the Guard, the choir surplices, and the robes of the Aldermen and the Archbishop of York, Dr Donald Coggan.’
    • ‘Employing it in the 21st century is a bit like sending the Yeomen of the Guard - the ‘Beefeaters’ - to keep the peace in Iraq.’’
    1. 1.1 Used erroneously to refer to a Yeoman Warder.
      • ‘The Yeomen Warders are often incorrectly referred to as Yeomen of the Guard, which is actually a distinct corps of Royal Bodyguards.’