Guard faints while standing watch beside Queen Elizabeth II’s coffin


Drama as guard Faints off the podium while holding vigil beside Queen’s coffin in Westminster Hall.

One of the royal guards standing watch beside Queen Elizabeth II’s coffin fainted and fell headfirst to the floor late Wednesday as mourners paid respects to the late queen as she lies in state at Westminster Hall.

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He was standing at the foot of the late monarch’s casket when he fell to the floor, appearing to faint.

Footage taken from a live broadcast which was posted to social media at around 1am captured the collapse.


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.

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The guard, dressed in black, was holding a ceremonial staff when he fell to the floor, with nearby officials quickly rushing to help.

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 guards from units which include the Sovereign’s Bodyguard, the Household Division or Yeoman Warders of the Tower of London are required to remain completely still at the four corners of the catafalque.

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