The 51-year-old was bodyboarding at Polzeath beach. His personal protection officers wore bum bags and arrived behind his Range Rover in a motorcade.

Mr Cameron, 51, owns a £2million holiday home in the village of Trebetherick – less than a mile from the beach.

He was seen taking a dip with his children – but without wife Samantha, 47.

Mr Cameron struck a pose for the photographer and smiled broadly as his protection officers looked on.

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An onlooker said: “Mr Cameron had loads of Metropolitan Police Personal protection officers with him on the beach – they must be paid a fortune to look after him.

“There was 10 of them and they arrived in a motorcade of some sort which is unusual as he was just going to the beach.

“Mr Cameron was really keen to strike a pose for a photographer.

“He seemed like a very happy chappy after he just vacated the water at the beach alongside his children but Samantha was not present.”

David Cameron was joined by ten security guards as he went bodyboarding (Image: Seamus McCoy / SWNS)

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The 51-year-old was bodyboarding at Polzeath beach (Image: SWNS)

The personal protection officers arrived behind Mr Cameron’s Range Rover in a motorcade. (Image: SWNS)

Mr Cameron struck a pose for the photographer and smiled broadly (Image: SWNS)

Mr Cameron is not the only former Prime Minister with a security team. Tony Blair is said to have cost the taxpayer millions with his protection detail.

In 2016, Mr Blair had a team of 12 close protection officers amid fears for his life in the wake of his advocacy of the invasion of Iraq in 2003.

Mr Cameron resigned as Prime Minister shortly after the Brexit referendum in June 2016.

The result to leave the EU took the then-Prime Minister by surprise and his quick departure from Downing Street saw him move into a friend’s house because his £3.8million Notting Hill home was being rented out.

Mr Cameron has kept quiet since leaving politics and is planning to pen a memoir of his time in office while he also makes the rounds on the international speech circuit.

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