Sikh soldier first to wear turban on palace guard

Britain's Ministry of Defense says a Sikh soldier has become the first guardsman to parade outside Buckingham Palace while wearing his traditional turban.

An officer, right, checks Jatinderpal Singh Bhullar, 25, a Sikh soldier with the Scots Guards, performs guarding duties outside Buckingham Palace in central London, Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2012. becoming the first guardsman to parade wearing a turban instead of the famous bearskin. Other Sikhs have taken part in guarding the queen's palace in the past but they wore traditional bearskin hats, rather than turbans. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

Sikh palace guard

Sikh Guardsman Jatenderpal Singh Bhullar (C), a soldier in the Scots Guards, forms up with his fellow soldiers on the parade ground of Wellington Barracks before going on guard duty in the forecourt of Buckingham Palace on December 11, 2012 in London, England. Guardsman Bhullar is the first Sikh Guardsman to wear a turban rather than the traditional bearskin whilst on guard duty. (Photo by Indigo/Getty Images)

Sikh palace guard

Sikh Guardsman Jatenderpal Singh Bhullar, a soldier in the Scots Guards, marches by his sentry box whilst on guard duty in the forecourt of Buckingham Palace on December 11, 2012 in London, England. Guardsman Bhullar is the first Sikh Guardsman to wear a turban rather than the traditional bearskin whilst on guard duty. (Photo by Indigo/Getty Images)

Jatinderpal Singh Bhullar, 25, a Sikh soldier with the Scots Guardsmen, performs guarding duties outside Buckingham Palace in central London, Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2012. becoming the first guardsman to parade wearing a turban instead of the famous bearskin. Other Sikhs have taken part in guarding the queen's palace in the past but they wore traditional bearskin hats, rather than turbans. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

Sikh palace guard

Sikh Guardsman Jatenderpal Singh Bhullar (C), a soldier in the Scots Guards, forms up with his fellow soldiers on the parade ground of Wellington Barracks before going on guard duty in the forecourt of Buckingham Palace on December 11, 2012 in London, England. Guardsman Bhullar is the first Sikh Guardsman to wear a turban rather than the traditional bearskin whilst on guard duty. (Photo by Indigo/Getty Images)

Jatinderpal Singh Bhullar, 25, a Sikh soldier with the Scots Guards, performs guarding duties outside Buckingham Palace in central London, Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2012. becoming the first guardsman to parade wearing a turban instead of the famous bearskin. Other Sikhs have taken part in guarding the queen's palace in the past but they wore traditional bearskin hats, rather than turbans. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

Jatinderpal Singh Bhullar, 25, left, a Sikh soldier with the Scots Guards, along with another comrade perform guarding duties outside Buckingham Palace in central London, Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2012. becoming the first guardsman to parade wearing a turban instead of the famous bearskin. Other Sikhs have taken part in guarding the queen's palace in the past but they wore traditional bearskin hats, rather than turbans. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

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