Example: [Collected on the Internet, 2004]
In his cap, jacket and spats, his hands on his knees and his ankles crossed, he sat proudly in the front row of the 1st Battalion of the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, next to the Queen.
But unlike his comrades, he hadn't taken the time to adjust his sporran and kilt for decency. So the kilt flapped about for all the world to see. And judging by the grin on his face, the colonel knew exactly what he was doing.
Onlookers said the Queen didn't notice what was happening next to her. But she does not exactly appear comfortable in the photograph.
Either the Daily Mail's version of the picture was edited for decency's sake, or someone took the original photograph and digitally added some extra naughty bits. The Mirror's report on this photo (headlined "My Privates Can't Control Themselves") suggested the latter, that Colonel West did indeed pose sans underpants, but the shadowing of the photo obscured anything more he might have revealed:
One of his soldiers said: "We all think it's hilarious. The newspapers are selling like hot cakes."
One thing was brought out into the open
Army spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Ed Brown confirmed that Lt Col West was not wearing underpants.
He added: "The accusation he did this on purpose is utterly ridiculous."
As for the jaunty grin, apparently that is how he always smiles.
A colleague at the base said: "When he saw the picture he went bright red. He was covered in confusion. It was an extremely formal occasion.
"I am sure he'll see the funny side one day but at the moment he's not laughing. He's the boss and he knows everyone will be having a jolly good laugh."
Last updated: 3 February 2015
Dawar, Anil. "Queen Is Exposed to Colonel's Highland Game." Daily Mail. 10 November 2004. Williams, Alexandra. "My Privates Can't Control Themselves." The Mirror. 11 November 2004.