BREAKING: TWO soldiers faint while standing guard for Queen’s Jubilee service
Two soldiers have fainted while standing guard outside St Paul’s Cathedral today for the Queen’s thanksgiving Jubilee service.
The incidents happened shortly before Prince Charles, who is officially representing the Queen today, arrived at the cathedral for the special ceremony to kick-off Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations.
Those on duty maintained their professionalism and composure, whilst the two soldiers were helped back to their feet.
With temperatures of around 20C in London today, standing for hours in the heat and full military uniform, took its toll on both guards – both from different regiments – who were inspected and checked over.
The first soldier – a member of the RAF Regiment – was led away from St Paul’s to recover by two fellow servicemen, whilst the second – a member of the royal Canadian artillery – continued to stand guard on the steps of the Cathedral.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince Harry and Meghan have led the arrivals at St Paul’s Cathedral – as they joined hundreds of politicians and dignitaries in supporting the Queen and the extended Royal family.
Her Majesty, 96, pulled out of today’s ceremony due to her ongoing mobility issues after she experienced ‘some discomfort’ after attending the Buckingham Palace festivities yesterday.
Meanwhile, the Duke of York tested positive for Covid-19 and will not appear at the Queen’s service today.
Andrew, 62, is understood to have seen his mother the Queen in the last few days but she has tested negative – and he has not seen her since testing positive.
The Queen’s absence, although sad news to those who wanted a glimpse of her, was widely accepted by those who were due to be inside the Cathedral for the service and those who joined outside in the bright sunshine.