Video footage has captured the dramatic second a member of the Royal Guard collapsed close to Queen Elizabeth’s coffin in entrance of mourners who had gathered to say their last goodbyes.
The incident occurred throughout a vigil at Westminster Corridor, the place the Queen’s coffin is mendacity in state for the subsequent 4 days forward of her funeral on Monday.
Within the disturbing footage, the person could be seen swaying after which lurching forwards earlier than falling facedown from the rostrum onto the ground as onlookers gasped in shock.
Shortly earlier than his collapse, the person had been seen momentarily leaving his place on the rostrum earlier than returning as different guards joined him.
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Cops and different bystanders instantly rushed to his support, and a stay stream from contained in the constructing was momentarily shut down earlier than restarting.
No updates on the person’s situation have but been acquired, nonetheless, there was some hypothesis on social media that the person could have suffered from “syncope” – a short lived lack of consciousness normally associated to inadequate blood circulation to the mind – attributable to locking knees.
“Extraordinarily widespread in army formations however normally outdoors on a heat day,” one Twitter person speculated.
“Maintain knees bent and wiggle toes, and isometrically tense leg muscular tissues if standing nonetheless for very lengthy intervals to verify blood retains shifting round properly.”
The Queen’s coffin is being guarded across the clock by members of the Sovereign’s Bodyguard, the Family Division, or Yeoman Warders of the Tower of London.
It comes because the UK braces for as much as 750,000 members of the general public to flock to London to pay their respects to the monarch, who died final Thursday on the age of 96 in Balmoral.
Inside hours of the Queen’s coffin arriving in Westminster after a sluggish procession from Balmoral, a queue estimated to be greater than 8km lengthy had fashioned.
Some are dealing with a staggering 35-hour wait to share a last second with the monarch, with the UK’s Division for Digital, Tradition, Media and Sport now sharing updates on the queue size, together with a map of the queue itself and climate updates for these in line.
In accordance with the Instances, a number of mourners have already handed out after ready for hours, with authorities handing out foil blankets as temperatures plunged.
Photos from Westminster have proven some mourners curtsying earlier than the Queen’s coffin, with some being overwhelmed by emotion on the sombre event.