A member of the Queen’s guard fainted on Wednesday while holding vigil in front of Queen Elizabeth II’s coffin.
The coffin — which is atop a raised platform known as 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,” according to reporting by The Daily Mail. Hundreds of thousands of mourners are currently waiting in line to visit the Palace of Westminster to pay their final respects.
As the guard was standing in front of where the Queen’s coffin was being displayed, he began wobbling and struggled to stand for several moments.
The man ultimately collapsed, falling forward onto the stone floor, with other members of the Queen’s guard rushing over to help him.
JUST IN 🚨 Royal guard at Westminster Hall, where the Queen is lying in state, collapsed pic.twitter.com/DagowtZmZK
— Insider Paper (@TheInsiderPaper) September 14, 2022
The livestream feed was cut for several minutes while first responders rushed in to tend to the guard.
Videos of the guard fainting quickly went viral online.
NOW – Royal guard at the Queen's coffin has collapsed.pic.twitter.com/39qduRuX0u
— Disclose.tv (@disclosetv) September 14, 2022
Queen Elizabeth II passed away on September 8 at Balmoral Castle, a residence of the British royal family in Scotland. She was 96 years old.
King Charles, formerly known as Prince Charles, released a statement about his mother’s death.
“The death of my beloved, Mother, Her Majesty The Queen, is a moment of the greatest sadness for me and all members of my family,” the statement read.
“We mourn profoundly the passing of a cherished Sovereign and a much-loved Mother,” the statement continued. “I know her loss will be deeply felt throughout the country, the Realms and the Commonwealth, and by countless people around the world.”
“During this period of mourning and change, my family and I will be comforted and sustained by our knowledge of the respect and deep affection in which the Queen was so widely held,” the statement concluded.
A statement from His Majesty The King: pic.twitter.com/AnBiyZCher
— The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) September 8, 2022