The live broadcasting of the vigil for the late Queen Elizabeth II was forced to stop when a royal guard protecting the Queen’s coffin suddenly collapsed.
ROYAL GUARD COLLAPSES BESIDES THE QUEEN’S COFFIN
The broadcast captured the moment when other royal guards were ascending towards the coffin. The guard was standing at the foot of the platform where the monarch’s coffin is placed.
But the guard is seen slowly starting to lean forward before he falls off, hitting the floor with his face. Other royal guards are seen quietly rushing to his aid.
At this instant, the live stream broadcasted by the BBC was stopped.
The royal guards clad in ceremonial uniforms have to maintain a 24-hour guard around the Queen’s coffin at Westminster Hall.
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WHAT COULD HAVE LED TO THE COLLAPSE
The Queen’s coffin is placed on a raised platform called a catafalque. It is guarded around the clock by members of the Sovereign’s Bodyguard, the Household Division, or Yeoman Warders of the Tower of London, Daily Mail reports.
Crowds lined up in the streets of central London as the Queen’s coffin was moved from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Hall on Wednesday afternoon.
After a short service was held by the Royal Family at the Palace of Westminster, members of the public were given access to pay their respects.
Soldiers in ceremonial uniform are maintaining a constant, 24-hour vigil around the Queen’s coffin. Despite soldiers rotating positions every 20 minutes, they are required to stand completely still around the four corners of the coffin for six-hour shifts, Hello Magazine reports.
But fainting of the Queen’s guards is nothing uncommon. It has taken place at large-scale events like Trooping the Colour, which requires them to stand completely still for long periods of time.
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