A guard collapses next to the Queen’s coffin during the Lying In State live broadcast


A Royal Guard guarding the Queen’s coffin in Westminster Hall in London suddenly collapsed, with the moment of shock broadcast live on the late monarch in state.

The black-clad guard was standing at the foot of the Queen’s coffin when it suddenly fell to the ground around 1am on Thursday.

The service began broadcasting worldwide via the BBC News website at 5 p.m. Wednesday, when the doors of Westminster Hall opened to the public.

Footage from the live stream of the fall has been posted on social media.

The guard was holding a ceremonial staff when he appeared to pass out, with nearby officials quickly rushing to his aid.

As he was being groomed, the live stream quickly turned into an exterior, nighttime shot of the building. More than an hour later, the broadcast had still not returned to the scene inside the room.

It is not known why the guard fell or his condition.

Soldiers in ceremonial uniform maintain a constant 24-hour vigil around the Queen’s coffin while she lies in state.

Guards from units that include the Sovereign’s Bodyguard, the Household Division, or the Yeoman Warders of the Tower of London must stand completely still at all four corners of the Royal Platform, known as the Catafalque.

While the soldiers rotate every 20 minutes, the hours when they remain completely still in a standing position last six hours.

The incident happened on the Queen’s first night in state, giving members of the public a chance to pay their respects to the late monarch.

The number of people who viewed the dedicated stream of the status rose to around 20,000 in the first hour of broadcast.

The first members of the public pay their respects as the vigil begins around Queen Elizabeth II’s coffin in Westminster Hall, London, where it will be laid out ahead of her funeral on Monday.

Yui Mok via PA Wire/PA Images


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