The Ministry of Defence has confirmed it's to hire around 200 actors to play the part of the Honour Guard for Prince William's wedding to Kate Middleton.
And according to the Defence Secretary Dr. Liam Fox, the reason behind the move is simple.
"Quite frankly, because of budget cuts and previous overspending, we've had to cut the number of people in the Armed Forces. Some have already decided to cash in their service and leave and others have taken the quite frankly selfish step of getting themselves killed in Afghanistan."
"That means the Army's horrendously under strength and the only option we have for providing an honour guard is to draft in actors and hire the necessary uniforms from Berman and Co."
Costs for the move are being kept down by getting those actors hired to work to scale.
But not everyone cast so far, is happy with the plan.
"Yes it's work, but its not really something I can get my teeth into" Des Maxwell told reporters.
"I'm classically trained, have worked with the RSC and performed in Rep across the country." the 27 year-old said "But this role has no meat to it. I'm struggling to find my motivation, especially with the lower-than expected wages."
"Although as the restaurant I usually work in will be closed for the celebrations, it is at least a job."