Disturbing scenes as royal staffer collapses outside Queen's funeral

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There have been disturbing scenes at the Queen's funeral with photos emerging of people collapsing outside of the service.

One image showed a Buckingham Palace household staff person splayed out on the pavement after paying his respects during the State Funeral of Queen Elizabeth II.

Four other staffers in uniforms attempted to help him after he appeared to faint.

One has his hand under the fallen man's head, while a woman is seen bending over holding his hand.

In a separate incident, a police officer was carried away from Westminster Abbey after he collapsed while standing guard ahead of Queen Elizabeth II's State Funeral.

LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 19: A Buckingham Palace household staff person collapses outside Buckingham Palace after paying their respects during the State Funeral of Queen Elizabeth II on September 19, 2022 in London, England. Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Windsor was born in Bruton Street, Mayfair, London on 21 April 1926. She married Prince Philip in 1947 and ascended the throne of the United Kingdom and Commonwealth on 6 February 1952 after the death of her Father, King George VI. Queen Elizabeth II died at Balmoral Castle in Scotland on September 8, 2022, and is succeeded by her eldest son, King Charles III.  (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
A Buckingham Palace household staff member collapsed on the pavement during the Queen's funeral. Source: Getty

A photo showed two men in Navy uniforms carrying the cop on a stretcher while others stood guard around him.

The Mirror reports the cop is in a stable condition after he began swaying before collapsing just as the guards began to change positions.

A man has also been arrested after he attempted to jump over a barrier as the Queen's coffin made its final journey to Windsor.

The Sun reports the man attempted to jump the barrier onto Parliament Street, but he was arrested just before the full procession got underway.

Royal guard collapses at vigil

The latest health scares come after a royal guard suddenly collapsed while holding a vigil next to the Queen's coffin last week, stunning mourners shuffling into Westminster Hall to pay their respects.

Shocking footage from the 24-hour vigil showed the solemn guard swaying as he stood in front of the Queen's coffin last week.

A Police officer is carried off on a stretcher after collapsing while standing guard at Westminster Abbey, London ahead of the State Funeral of Queen Elizabeth II. (Photo by Rowan GRIFFITHS / POOL / AFP) (Photo by ROWAN GRIFFITHS/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
A police officer is carried away on a stretcher. Source: Getty

He appeared to lose his footing several times and briefly stepped off the podium, known as a catafalque, before gathering himself as the Gentlemen at Arms — the most senior of the sovereigns guards — file in and approach the coffin.

But just seconds later, the guard — wearing all black — faints, falling face first onto the ground as others rush to help.

The guard wasn't the only one who succumbed to exhaustion.

Two mourners waiting to enter Westminster Hall were treated by paramedics after collapsing in the heat, The Guardian reported.

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