Three soldiers fell on the steps of St. Paul’s Cathedral during the thanksgiving service, causing a moment of shock.
Three soldiers passed out while standing guard outside St Paul’s Cathedral in London on Friday midday to secure the Queen’s Jubilee service. The individual incidents happened shortly before Prince Charles (73), who officially represented the Queen, arrived at the cathedral. Those responsible kept calm and helped the three soldiers back on their feet.
Three soldiers from three regiments
With temperatures hovering around 20 degrees Celsius in London, standing for hours in the sun and in full military uniform apparently took its toll on the guards, who belong to different regiments. The first soldier – a member of the Royal Air Force Regiment – was led away from the church by two comrades to recover, while the second – a member of the Royal Canadian Artillery – continued to stand guard on the cathedral steps. “Mail Online” also shows a third soldier – a member of the Queen’s Guard – who could no longer stand.
Worship without the Queen
The thanksgiving service in honor of her 70th anniversary took place without the jubilee herself. Queen Elizabeth II (96) had already canceled her participation on Thursday evening. The justification referred to the ongoing mobility problems. She is said to have felt “some discomfort” after taking part in the Trooping the Color parade from Buckingham Palace on Thursday afternoon.