A guard fainted on Wednesday while standing on a stage where the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II was being displayed.
Videos of the incident that quickly went viral online showed the man wobbling and struggling to stand on the stage for several moments before he ultimately collapsed.
The Daily Mail reported that the livestream feed was cut for several minutes while first responders rushed in to help the man.
JUST IN 🚨 Royal guard at Westminster Hall, where the Queen is lying in state, collapsed pic.twitter.com/DagowtZmZK
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NOW – Royal guard at the Queen’s coffin has collapsed.pic.twitter.com/39qduRuX0u
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Queen Elizabeth II died last week at Balmoral. She was 96 years old.
She was active during the entirety of her decades-long reign. The most well-traveled monarch in history, the queen visited 110 countries and was received so well that major parks, cities, and statues bearing her namesake can be found in nearly every corner of the globe. She was ubiquitous in popular culture, appearing in ceremonies, sporting events, and coins, and was the subject of films and shows. As of 2021, Queen Elizabeth II was named the third most admired woman in a global survey. She was the only royal on the list.
In a statement from the royal household shared on Twitter, the King, formerly known as Prince Charles, spoke 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.”
“We mourn profoundly the passing of a cherished Sovereign and a much-loved Mother,” it added. “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.
Amanda Harding contributed to this report.