A security guard has collapsed on the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II in London's Westminster Hall. He stood on a small pedestal in front of the coffin on Thursday night, as shown in a live broadcast by the BBC public broadcaster. Then, during a changing of the guard, the guard fell over and hit his face on the ground. In the otherwise very quiet Westminster Hall, where the Queen's coffin is laid out, the impact was clearly audible. The security guard had already swayed several times before and once stumbled off the pedestal.
Nothing was initially known about the health of the security guard. The traditional security guards in Britain often have to stand for hours at work. Similar incidents due to circulatory problems have already occurred in the past.
The Queen's coffin is laid out for the public in Westminster Hall, the oldest part of Britain's Parliament. Until Monday morning, people can slowly walk past the coffin and say goodbye to the long-standing British head of state.