Military members collapse during guard of honour at UK platinum jubilee service

Five personnel faint while on duty outside St Paul's Cathedral during warm London weather

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Five members of the military collapsed while on duty at the national thanksgiving service during platinum jubilee celebrations.

Personnel from the Royal Air Force, Royal Marines, Household Cavalry and Coldstream Guards fainted while stationed at St Paul’s Cathedral on Friday morning.

Two members of the military guard of honour — one from the Royal Air Force Regiment and another from the Royal Marines — appeared to lose consciousness within half an hour of each other as they lined the steps to the Great West Door waiting for the royal family to arrive.

The member of the Royal Air Force, who was stationed to the far left of the door, fainted and fell flat on his back on the steps before regaining consciousness.

The other man, who was standing closer to the Great West Door, appeared to momentarily lose consciousness about 20 minutes later, stumbling on the top steps before regaining his balance and being taken under the columns of the cathedral.

A guardsman faints on the steps of St Paul's Cathedral in warm, sunny weather in London. Getty Images

Though stretchers were brought out, both were eventually able to stand and be escorted away from the steps.

It was a warm and sunny day in London, with a temperature of 20°C at the start of the service at 11am.

A Ministry of Defence spokesman said: “During today’s platinum jubilee service of thanksgiving, we can confirm five military personnel fainted while on duty.

“The safety of our armed forces is our top priority. All five individuals received treatment at the scene and none were transferred to hospital.”

Updated: June 03, 2022, 5:16 PM
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