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Queens Speech: Soldier Passes Out On The Mall

It's a regular thing.

18/05/2016 16:18

A soldier standing guard on The Mall during the Queen's Speech had to be carried away on a stretcher after collapsing.

An Army spokesperson said: “We can confirm earlier today during the State Opening of Parliament, a soldier fainted whilst on duty in the Mall.

"He has been checked by medical staff, has fully recovered and has since returned to duties.”

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He was carried away by colleagues.

Passing out during the State Opening of Parliament seems to be a regular tradition.

Last year 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.

The year before that a page boy stood just to the side of the Queen while she spoke fainted with a loud thud.

The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall, who were sat nearest to the boy, showed concern as help was called to assist him.

A House of Lords spokesman confirmed later he was fine. 

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