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Beefeater holding vigil at Queen’s coffin says guard who fainted ‘recovered shortly afterwards’


A Beefeater who held vigil at the Queen’s coffin says the guard who fainted off the podium on Wednesday evening ‘recovered shortly afterwards’.

Scottish RAF veteran Tam Reilly witnessed the drama last night while watching over the late monarch as she lied in state inside the Palace of Westminster – a role the proud Dundonian described as ‘an absolute honour’.

It came as thousands of mourners joined the queue to pay their final respects to the monarch following her death at Balmoral last Thursday. 

But onlookers were aghast when a guard began swaying on his feet moments before he collapsed.

The man had moments earlier briefly stepped off the podium before retaking his place as other servicemen joined him for a changeover.

The moment the guard fell forward onto the stone floor as police officers quickly rush to his aid yesterday evening.

Tam Reilly became the 414th Beefeater hired to protect the Tower of London in February.

The moment the guard fell forward onto the stone floor as police officers quickly rush to his aid yesterday evening, left, with Beefeater Tam Reilly, pictured right as he stood guard.

Two police officers quickly rushed to help the man as the remaining guards continued to hold vigil next to the coffin

Two police officers quickly rushed to help the man as the…



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