Moment’s guard crumbles during Queen’s death


The guard appeared to pass out and fall forward while watching the coffin – BBC

On Wednesday evening, the BBC suspended its live broadcast of the Queen lying in state in Westminster Hall after a guard appeared to pass out and fall while guarding her coffin.

The footage, shared on social media, shows the uniformed guard stumbling twice to his right, before regaining his balance.

Moments later, the guard falls in front of the red podium onto the ground, after which a number of officials and police rush to his aid.

It is not known if the guard suffered any injuries at this stage.

The BBC quickly cut its Lies live broadcast after the incident and viewers took to social media to express their shock and concern.

“Hope the guard is ok. You can hurt yourself passing out,” one person tweeted.

“A horrific incident has just occurred on the live stream of Her Majesty lying in repose, with a guard appearing to pass out and fall straight over and hit his head…Hope he’s okay as the fall looked very painful,” another person said.

Queen Elizabeth II’s recumbent statue opened to the public at 5 p.m. Wednesday, with hundreds of thousands expected to file solemnly to pay their respects until September 19, the day of the funeral.

Westminster Hall is open 24 hours a day until Monday morning, with guards at their posts for hours.

The Queen’s coffin is raised on a catafalque and each corner is guarded 24 hours a day by a vigil of units from the Sovereign’s Bodyguard, the Household Division or the Yeoman Warders of the Tower of London.

Officials expect up to 750,000 people to view the late Queen’s coffin before the state of rest ends at 6.30am Monday.

Metropolitan Police officers, volunteers and stewards manage the queue while toilets and water fountains are provided at various locations along the route.

Queuing people receive a colored and numbered bracelet to manage the queue.

At 2.30am Thursday the queue was almost three miles long and stretched to London Bridge. Follow our live queue tracker.



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