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  • Guard Faints During Vigil Beside Queen’s Coffin

    Guard Faints During Vigil Beside Queen's Coffin


    A guard has fainted off the podium while holding vigil next to the Queen’s Coffin as she lies in state inside the Palace of Westminster.

    Hundreds of thousands of mourners have been queuing to pay their final respects to the monarch following her death at Balmoral on Thursday.

    But onlookers were aghast when a guard began swaying on his feet moments before he collapsed.

    The man had moments earlier briefly stepped off the podium before retaking his place as other servicemen joined him for a changeover.

    But seconds later he blacked out and fell forwards, landing sprawled on the stone floor to loud gasps from bystanders queueing to pay their respects.

    The live stream also cut out for several minutes as police rushed to the man’s aid.

    The Queen’s coffin, which has been placed on a raised platform called a catafalque, is being guarded around the clock by units from the Sovereign’s Bodyguard, the Household Division, or Yeoman Warders of the Tower of London.

    It comes after crowds lined the streets of central London as she was moved from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Hall on Wednesday afternoon.

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