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Queen's Speech 2015: Queen's Guard Collapses As Her Majesty Heads To Parliament

27/05/2015 14:31 BST | Updated 27/05/2015 14:59 BST
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One of the contingent of soldiers charged with protecting the Queen passed out amid the pomp and ceremony of the state opening of Parliament.

A member of the Queen's Guard, wearing the iconic red and black finery of the famous infantry, had to be carried away on a stretcher while forming part of the honour guard escorting the Queen from the palace to Parliament.

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The soldier's collapse, as temperatures in London brushed 20C, comes a year after one of Her Majesty's page boys fainted ahead of the Queen outlining the government's priorities for the last time before the election.

Last time, the 12-year-old, who is the heir to one of Scotland's most aristocratic titles, fell almost nine minutes into the Queen's Speech in the House of Lords.

The address, which revealed details of the how the Government will press full steam ahead with an in-out EU referendum, but delay scrapping the Human Rights Act, may be most remembered for Labour stalwart Dennis Skinner failing to deliver a much-anticipated "quip" as Black Rod entered the Commons.

QUEEN'S SPEECH 2015