Why do British guards faint? They are physically and mentally exhausted

  1. During the queen’s funeral, a policeman fainted

  2. A few days ago, one of the soldiers standing next to the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II also collapsed

  3. Loss of consciousness by a member of the Royal Guard is not a rare occurrence

  4. Prolonged standing still causes both physical and mental exhaustion

  5. More information can be found on the Onet homepage

Fainting during important ceremonies affects not only mourners, but also people holding public office. In this case, it is specifically about the British guards guarding the royal coffin. Fainting occurred also during the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II, during which one of the policemen lost consciousness.

The soldier passed out at the queen’s coffin

The British Royal Guard is one of the most iconic military formations in the world. Not only because of the outfit, including a high bearskin Bermycon cap, but also to be on guard at important objects and places, during which they stand motionless for a long time.

Fulfilling such duties is quite exhausting, especially in hot weather, so from time to time we receive pictures of how a guard passes out.

Such an incident happened quite recently. One of the guards standing by the coffin with the body of Queen Elizabeth II fell. In this case, however, it was a representative of another formation. The incident happened around 1am. Fortunately, the soldiers standing nearby reacted quickly. What happened next – it is not known, because the transmission was quickly interrupted.

A similar event also took place during the funeral ceremonies of Queen Elizabeth II. One of the police officers passed out. He was picked up on a stretcher carried by Royal Navy personnel and several of his police colleagues.

Read more: Moments of terror at the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II. They carried him out on a stretcher.

Why do the royal guard faint?

Soldiers in various uniforms stood guard around the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II at Westminster Hall around the clock. The guards dressed in characteristic uniforms changed every 20 minutes, then had a 40-minute break. The entire shift takes approximately six hours.

Outside Buckingham Palace, the guard changes every 45 minutes.

This makes fainting not uncommon, especially during important events such as Trooping the Color, which is – so far – the Queen’s birthday celebrated in June.

As it turns out, soldiers are specially trained in how they “can” collapse. Major Dai Bevan, who commanded the 101st Honor Guard at the wedding of Prince William and Princess Kate, spoke about it in an interview with the British media. He revealed that soldiers are instructed to avoid falling sideways or seeking support while fainting. The most “disciplined” people can fall on their faces, still holding a bayonet rifle in their hands.

“It later involves a broken nose and missing teeth,” says Major Bevan.

Members of the British Royal Guard are not merely a representative formation. They are trained soldiers, often with combat experience. It takes years of training and discipline to be honored as a king’s guard.

It also entails a considerable burden, both for the body and the mind. Standing still in one position for a long time causes considerable exhaustion, muscle tension, lower back pains and swelling Stop. In addition, there is constant concentration and stress, often put to the test by the curious standing nearby.

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