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VIDEO: Guard collapses while Queen Elizabeth II lies in state



Royal guard fainted at Queen lying in state

A royal guard fainted at the podium while holding vigil next to the Queen’s coffin as she lies in state inside the Palace of Westminster.

The guard was standing at the foot of the late monarch’s casket when he suddenly fell to the floor.

A video, shared on social media, shows the uniformed guard stumble twice, before regaining his balance.

Moments later, the black-clad guard was holding a ceremonial staff when he appeared to faint, with nearby officials quickly rushing to his aid.


However, it is unclear whether he sustained any injury.

As he was tended to, the live vision quickly faded to exterior, night-time vision of the building. Over an hour later, the broadcast had still not returned to the scene inside the hall.

Soldiers in ceremonial uniform are maintaining a constant, 24-hour vigil around the Queen’s coffin while she is lying in state.


While the soldiers rotate every 20 minutes, the hours of remaining completely still while standing are six-hours in length.

The incident happened on the first night of the Queen’s lying in state which gives members of the public the chance to pay their respects to the late monarch.

Queen Elizabeth II’s lying in state is opened to the public at 5 pm on Wednesday, with hundreds of thousands of mourners queuing to pay their final respect to the monarch following her death last week Thursday.


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