Five guardsmen collapse in sweltering heat during Trooping the Colour ceremony

'It is an extremely hot day and all were removed from the Parade and checked by medical staff where they were hydrated'

By Press Association
Saturday 17 June 2017 19:49
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Soldiers faint in the heat during Trooping the Colour ceremony

Five guardsmen were stretchered off Horse Guards Parade after fainting in the sweltering heat during the Trooping the Colour ceremony.

One soldier, who was dressed in his full uniform, which including a bearskin, fell forward out of his formation as temperatures soared to 25C in nearby St James's Park.

As the band marched towards his position, a guardsman in the second row collapsed to his knees before landing face down with his hands to his side.

His colleagues maintained position as the ceremony to mark the Queen's birthday continued around him.

Three soldiers then walked to his aid. One removed his bearskin before the guardsman was lifted on to a stretcher one minute and 17 seconds after he fainted.

Guardsmen march during an armed forces and veterans' parade on the final day of 70th anniversary Victory in Europe (VE) day commemorations in central London

At least four other guardsmen at the event are believed to have fallen victims to the higher-than-average temperatures on Saturday, also fainting.

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

"It is an extremely hot day and all were removed from the Parade and checked by medical staff where they were hydrated."

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