British cop thrills deaf Israeli tourists at Queen’s front door
A British mounted police officer received praise from the Metropolitan Police Service on Sunday after chatting with a group of Israeli tourists, without saying a word.
The officer, who was on duty outside Buckingham Palace in London, used sign language to offer useful information to tourists, who were deaf, and responded similarly.
Video of the exchange was filmed, apparently by another mounted policeman.
The Metropolitan Police posted the clip on their Facebook page.
“PC Hounsome used his sign language skills to communicate with a lovely group of tourists visiting London from Israel,” the Met wrote.
“They had come to witness the changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace and meet our wonderful police horses,” the force said.
PC Hounsome used his sign language skills to communicate with a lovely group of tourists visiting London from Israel ???? They had come to watch the changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace and meet our wonderful police horses ????????? ???
Posted by Metropolitan Police Service on Sunday, October 3, 2021
As of Tuesday, the video post had been viewed over 460,000 times and received more than 1,000 comments praising the police.
The Changing of the Guard ceremony outside the palace, which is the official residence of Queen Elizabeth II in London, is a popular tourist attraction.
Anat Landau, a sign language translator, told The Times of Israel that Hounsome appeared to be explaining to Israelis that they had to wait a few more minutes for the ceremony to begin and that the event would last around 15 minutes.
Landau noted that there are various sign languages used around the world and that the British system is different from that used in Israel, although there are some symbols in common.
Hounslow told the Israelis that she was having trouble communicating with them, but also made sure to express that she was smiling at the situation, Landau said.