Several of the Queen’s guards collapsed during today’s Trooping the Colour ceremony in London in the middle of the Queen’s official 91st birthday celebrations.
The guards all fainted during the celebrations and were quickly stretchered away and treated by medical professionals.
The sweltering heat is thought to have contributed to the incidents, with temperatures reaching almost 30°C at Horseguards.
Noticeably today, the Duke of Edinburgh (96) and the Duke of Kent (81) were not wearing their military uniforms today. It is thought that the weather and their ages contributed to this decision being made.
The bearskins which are worn by the soldiers who collapsed weigh a heavy 1.5lb.
Speaking to The Daily Express, an Army spokesperson said: “We can confirm that during the Queen’s birthday parade today a small number of soldiers fainted.
“It is an extremely hot day and all were removed from the Parade and checked by medical staff where they were hydrated.”
Guardsmen collapsing is becoming a common occurrence. Last year members of The Queen’s Guards collapsed at the Trooping the Colour parade. An RAF officer also collapsed on the steps of St Paul’s Cathedral just before Her Majesty arrived for a National Service of Thanksgiving to celebrate her 90th birthday.