Saturday, 17 June 2017

Guardsmen faint in high temperatures during Trooping the Colour

Five guardsmen fainted amid sweltering temperatures during the Trooping the Colour ceremony in central London.

Dressed in full uniform, which includes a bearskin, they had to be stretchered off Horse Guards Parade.

With the nation reeling from the Grenfell Tower block inferno that has so far claimed 30 lives and the recent terrorist attacks in Manchester and London, the Queen issued a message on her official birthday to recognise the feelings of many

As temperatures reached 25C (77F), one soldier fell forward onto his knees, out of formation, before landing face down with his hands by his side.

His colleagues initially maintained their position before three soldiers came to his assistance.

At least four other guardsmen are believed to have fainted too as the mercury soared.

The heat got too much for some of those on display

At least three men had to be stretchered from the parade ring

In the blistering temperatures a number of soldiers fainted in the heat

Around five men taken from the parade ground after being overcome by the sweltering conditions

"We can confirm that during the Queen's birthday parade today a small number of soldiers fainted," an Army spokeswoman said.

The Monarch arrived in an open horse drawn carriage with Prince Philip by her side as thousands turned out to watch the spectacle of might, splendour and precision

Queen Elizabeth was helped out of her carriage by footmen

Camilla, Kate and Harry wave to the gathered crowds at the Trooping of the Colour, along the Mall in central London

Princess Beatrice and Eugenie are pictured arriving at the celebration by Clarence House

Prince Charles and Prince William

Under blue skies and summer sunshine the Queen watched the centuries-old military spectacle of splendour marching on Horse Guards Parade, Henry VIII's former jousting yard

This year, the Colour being trooped is that of the 1st Battalion Irish Guards, identified by the shamrock decorating the collars of their scarlet tunics and the distinctive blue plumes of St Patrick in their bearskin caps

The Royal procession makes its way up The Mall from Horse Guards Parade after Trooping the Colour

The royal family on the Buckingham Palace balcony

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Huge crowds gathered along The Mall this morning to watch the Trooping the Colour 

SKY  News / Daily Mail