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Call to ban British royal guards from
wearing bearskin hats gains support

Updated: June 22, 2006, 2:52 PM ET
By Katie Fretland | Associated Press — June 22, 2006

LONDON — A British lawmaker is gathering support for his call to ban the towering bearskin hats worn for almost 200 years by the red-coated soldiers who guard the country's royal palaces.

The motion, introduced by Labour party lawmaker Chris Mullin in March, declares the hats made from the fur of Canadian black bears "have no military significance and involve unnecessary cruelty."

Conservative lawmaker Ann Widdecombe has now urged her party to support the motion aimed at replacing ...

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