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Another Queen’s Guard Drops To Ground After Fainting During Her Majesty’s State Funeral

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A Queen’s guard face-planted the ground after fainting during today’s state funeral. It happened just as the Queen had been taken from Westminster Abbey to St George’s Chapel before being laid to rest.


At the end of the funeral service in Westminster, which was attended by some 2,000 guests, the late monarch’s coffin was marched by gun carriage to Wellington Arch at Hyde Park.

From here, the coffin was transferred and moved to the hearse before departing the capital for the final time and heading up the Long Walk where thousands of mourners had gathered.

The Queen’s long journey to her final resting place – where she will be reunited with the Duke of Edinburgh – began in Balmoral on the day of her death and will end with her interment at the castle’s St George’s Chapel in a private ceremony this evening.

The late monarch’s hearse was strewn with flowers across its roof and windscreen and at the outskirts of Windsor a procession was formed featuring soldiers on foot from the Household Cavalry’s Blues and Royals and Life Guards with mounted members of the Household Cavalry regiment.

As the state hearse carrying the Queen’s coffin turned on to the famous thoroughfare, there were widespread cheers from those gathered.

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Among those invited to the committal service were prime ministers from countries where the Queen was head of state, and former British prime ministers Sir John Major and Sir Tony Blair, who are Garter Knights, and the current PM Liz Truss.

So too were a large number of the Queen’s staff who worked closely with the late monarch throughout her record-breaking reign.

Earlier in the day, and as the sun shone across London for the poignant service, a police officer fainted while on duty and was carried away on a stretcher during the event.

The officer collapsed shortly before the procession walked down the Mall. He fell forward near Parliament square.

Medics rushed him away on a stretcher minutes before the Queen’s coffin came through.

His condition remains unconfirmed but is not thought to be serious.

A soldier collapsed and at least other two military members were helped away at the end of the Queen’s coffin procession.

The trio required assistance after getting into difficulty at Wellington Arch, where the monarch’s coffin was transferred from a gun carriage to the state hearse.

One soldier collapsed to the ground after Her Majesty departed while two others were seen being helped away before and after the transfer of the casket.

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A Royal guard also fainted and fell off the podium where he was protecting the Queen’s coffin on Thursday as she lied in state, and there were audible gasps from mourners as he fell to the ground.

Hundreds of people needed medical attention while queuing to see the Queen Elizabeth II lying-in-state on Saturday, with St John’s Ambulance Service confirming at least 259 people received help from their staff.

As night time temperatures dropped as low as 4C, the London Ambulance Service was kept busy providing medical help to those lining up or visiting the area to pay their respects.

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