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Queen's Guard Naps

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London, England
When:
1970
Summary:
During the annual Colour Parade, during which the reigning monarch inspects his or her guards, one man succumbed to either exhaustion or heat and lost consciousness.
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Queen's Guard Naps


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1970

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When it comes to unparalleled discipline, you would have to rank the British soldiers at being among the top. The Queen’s guard is told to remain perfectly still unless performing a duty, do things very particularly and very rarely interact with citizens. However, there are some moments that really stand out because of how rare it is to see them out of character. For one British soldier, he was unable to perform and ended up passing out in a large crowd. The worst part? It happened to be when the Queen was coming by, capturing the attention of the most notable woman in the United Kingdom and perhaps the world.

Elizabeth has held the crown for longer than anyone else, acting as both the oldest head of state and the longest reigning monarch in the world. Elizabeth took over as the head of state in early 1952 after the passing of George VI. During her Coronation, she said that “I am sure that this, my Coronation, is not the symbol of a power anda splendor that are gone but a declaration of our hopes for the future, and for the years I may, by God’s grace and mercy, be given to reign and serve you as your Queen.”

At the time, Elizabeth was very young for any head of state as she was still just 26 years old in a time where there was still the British Empire. Elizabeth wanted to change that, turning it into the Commonwealth of Nations that established the United Kingdom.

Like any Queen, Elizabeth would travel around the world to represent her country, going through some very notable times in world history. Also like any Queen, one of the highest honors that one of her citizens can get is the chance to meet her. This has caused many to faint when they see her, especially as she became a very popular figure by the 1970s. That typically doesn’t include military members, but this man hadn’t fainted simply because of the Queen’s presence.

The United Kingdom has many ceremonial events, which includes the first week of June each year. On this day, a birthday procession is held for the Queen for her birthday (though she was born in April) that includes a parade through the Horse Guards Palace in London. For many in the Guard, this is a massive honor to be able to take part in the parade where the Queen rides by horse throughout all of the guards on duty. It then concludes with a fly-over by the Royal Air Force as the Queen unites with the entire Royal Family.

At this particular Trooping the Colour, as it’s known, on guard simply couldn’t withstand the heat. Apparently, this isn’t actually uncommon. Some of these events can come with intense heat that nears triple digits, and the uniforms that the guards are wearing are very heavy. Add in the fact that you have to stand still while out in the sun for sometimes hours on end and you can become very overheated. This has caused several guards to pass out from heat over the years, with this man falling over backwards in 1970.

It’s interesting to see how the other guards don’t move at all even though one of their own has fallen. These men are often extremely disciplined and hardly ever get out of line. Perhaps it’s because they don’t want to disappoint their higher ups and maintain their stoicism in front of royalty. There are six companies of these guards at each parade, and not one of the guards in these groups was willing to move away from their post.

The man ended up being fine after medics from the Guard were able to carry him away on a stretcher. He was able to regain consciousness shortly and able to get into the shade as well as getting some water to cool down. It could have been a dangerous end for him, but he was fine. Still, it was probably an embarrassing moment to have happen in front of the Queen and all of his fellow guards.

To avoid an embarrassing situation like this happening for you, there are some tips that you can take. The most important is to not lock your knees as the lack of blood flow that results can make you dizzy and lightheaded, causing you to faint. You should also stand with your feet spread apart quite a bit to help increase blood flow. However, for this man, it might have been easier said than done as he’s told to stand at attention, which can make for some stiff legs.

Like in most situations, though, the show must go on and the Queen’s birthday procession continued on without any further interruptions. It’s a big moment each year for the British, so they want to avoid any problems if at all possible. Thankfully, this one ended up being just a very minor one in the end, so there are no plans on getting rid of the procession anytime soon. As it happens seemingly every year, it makes sense that there are those prepared for this type of fainting to occur.

Even after all of these years, Elizabeth still holds the crown as the Queen of the United Kingdom. She’s had many moments like this and always seems poised when there’s something happening around her. After all, she’s probably seen more than any of us in a given week than most will see in a lifetime. She is now in her mid 90s, so ignoring these types of issues typically becomes the standard.

The Queen doesn’t come out to the media and talk too much, and talked about how she’s been able to get that poise during her life. “You can’t look down to read the speech, you have to take the speech up,” she said. “Because if you did, your neck would break and (the crown) would fall off. When it comes to the type of carriages that she rode during these early years in her reign, though, she called them “Horrible,” adding that “It’s only sprung on leather. Not very comfortable.” For this soldier, though, it probably would’ve been a welcome change compared to standing.