Five Guardsmen Collapse During Queen’s Birthday

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Five guardsmen have collapsed during a ceremony marking the Queen’s birthday.

Temperatures soared to 25C during the Horse Guards Parade in the Trooping the Colour ceremony, as the Queen’s guardsmen struggled to deal with the heat, the Evening Standard reports.

One soldier, who was in the second row, collapsed to his knees as he landed face down with his hands by his sides.

Another one of his colleagues removed his bearskin before he was lifted on to a stretcher.

At least four other guardsmen at the event are believed to have fainted because of the high temperatures.

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.

This comes hours after the Queen’s Birthday message reflected on a ‘sombre national mood’ following a number of ‘terrible tragedies’ in the country.

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Her announcement came after a blaze broke out at the 24-storey Grenfell Tower, west London shortly before 1am on Wednesday. It has so far claimed the lives of 30 people- though this figure is expected to rise as searches are carried out.

Her message also refers to recent terror attacks: Westminster Bridge on March 22, where five innocent people died; Manchester Arena on May 22, which left 22 people dead and London Bridge/Borough Market, in which eight people died on June 4.