Death of Elizabeth II: a guard fainted during the vigil at Westminster Hall

A royal guard fainted overnight from Wednesday to Thursday in front of the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II in Westminster Hall, where it is exposed for several days before the sovereign’s funeral.

On the night of Wednesday to Thursday, an incident took place in Westminster Hall, where the coffin of Elizabeth II rests. A guard passed out during the wake, and collapsed to the ground near the coffin. Several policemen and other guards then came to help him. The BBC briefly suspended its live broadcast of the ceremony after the incident.

It is not known at this stage whether the officer was seriously injured in his fall, according to information from the Telegraph.

The coffin of the late queen has been on display in Westminster Hall since late yesterday afternoon, and until Monday, September 19, the day of her funeral, so that the British can bid farewell to the sovereign. The coffin of Elizabeth II is raised on a catafalque surrounded 24 hours a day by soldiers from the units that serve the royal family, who therefore remain standing and motionless for long hours.

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Westminster Hall will be open to crowds until Monday at 6.30am London time. Authorities expect around 750,000 people to view the Queen’s coffin, and huge queues have already formed in the streets of London.

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