Two guardsmen had to be helped to their feet after collapsing in sweltering heats during rehearsals for the Trooping the Colour ceremony today.
The Household Division soldiers, who had been taking part in rehearsals ahead the Queen’s official birthday event next week on Horseguards Parade in London, had to be helped to their feet after fainting in the capital’s heat.
As the troops, who were dressed in full uniform, including a 2lb bearskin, took position the two Guardsmen were seen falling to their knees as temperatures began to hit 77F in London.
With their colleagues maintaining their position as the rehearsals came to a stand still, three comrades were seen rushing to the soldiers aid, removing their bearskin and lifting the soldier’s to their feet.
A Guardsmen is helped to his feet after collapsing during rehearsals for the Trooping the Colour ceremony today in central London
As the troops stand in formation a Guardsmen is seen falling to his knees as temperatures began to hit 77F in London
A second troop, who had been taking part in rehearsals ahead the Queen’s official birthday next week on Horseguards Parade, falls to the ground
A guardsman lies on the floor after collapsing taking part in thew Colonel’s Review- the second rehearsal for the Trooping the Colour parade
Prince Andrew, The Duke of York, is seen inspecting the soldiers as he takes part in The Colonel’s Review in London
During the day Prince Andrew, The Duke of York, was seen inspecting the soldiers as he took part in The Colonel’s Review.
The Colonel’s Review is the second rehearsal for the Trooping the Colour parade which can be viewed along The Mall or along the edge of St James’s Park.
Earlier this month up to 1,450 soldiers and 400 musicians lined up on Horse Guards Parade off Whitehall to rehearse for the Trooping of the Colour parade.
The Major General Review, which takes place two weeks before the Trooping of the Colour, saw a total of 113 wordds of command be given by the Officer in Command of the Parade.
The official trooping, which takes place on June 8, will see the Queen’s personal troops greet the reigning monarch by a Royal salute.
After the bands have performed a musical ‘troop’, the Regimental Colour will be carried down the ranks and the Foot Guards and Household Cavalry will march past the monarch while The King’s Troop, Royal Horse Artillery, rank past.
Prince Andrew salutesduring the Colonel’s Review on June 1. The second rehearsal has already seen two guardsmen faint in the capital’s sweltering heat
Soldiers parade during the Colonel’s Review on the mall in London just before the Duke of York, Colonel of the Grenadier Guards, salutes them