Blistering bat shield! Apart from Ray-Ban sunglasses and squirly communications wires, the security detail walking alongside King Philippe’s limousine on the royal procession seemed unduly encumbered by a bulky briefcase. Speculation has been rife whether they were carrying their sandwiches for lunch (a long day in store), deodorant to counter the 30° temperatures or a change of clothing for the return trip.
The police have revealed that the security detail were carrying a new form of ‘Bat shield’. In the event of an attack the briefcases transform into a bulletproof shield with which bodyguards can protect their Royal charges. Fortunately their was not need to deploy them though an extra sun shield could have been very useful.