One of the Queen’s guards collapsed during today’s Trooping the Colour ceremony in London in the middle of the Queen’s official 90th birthday celebrations.
The guard is believed to have fainted during the celebrations at Horse Guards Parade and was quickly stretchered away by officials.
Guardsmen collapsing is becoming a common occurrence. Only yesterday an RAF officer collapsed on the steps of St Paul’s Cathedral just before Her Majesty arrived for a National Service of Thanksgiving.
Another soldier also collapsed during Trooping the Colour rehearsals last month, while guardsman have previously collapsed during the main events over the previous few years.
One of the reasons for the high number of soldiers collapsing is the combination of a heavy uniform and warm temperature. It was 22°C in London today, yet the soldiers still has to look immaculate in their heavy uniform an bearskin hats.
Over 1,600 soldiers and 300 horses took part in the event that was attended by senior members of the Royal Family.
Dressed in a lime green coat and matching hat, the 90-year-old Queen took the salute at Horseguards Parade and inspected her guards as she does annually.
Later on in the day, the Queen joined other members of the Royal Family on the Buckingham Palace balcony for an RAF fly-past. This gained a lot of attention, not least because Princess Charlotte made an appearance on the balcony for the first time.
The Queen has attended Trooping the Colour in every year of her reign, except in 1955 when a national rail strike led to the event being cancelled.
The celebrations will continue into tomorrow as 10,000 people descend to the Mall for the Patron’s Lunch. Street parties will also be held all across the country.
On Friday, Her Majesty and 52 members of her family attended a Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul’s Cathedral which paid tribute to her life.