Queen Elizabeth II’s Jubilee Mass was held on Friday June 3
It was the scene of several incidents
Guards collapsed on the steps of St Paul’s Cathedral as the crowd watched in shock
Queen Elizabeth II celebrates her Platinum Jubilee from June 2 to 5, 2022 in London, and for the occasion many activities are organized to pay tribute to her 70 years of reign. Among the activities planned, a mass at St Paul’s Cathedral, a major event in which the queen did not take part this Friday, June 3. Indeed, although the Thanksgiving service is a particularly important ceremony, a press release from the royal palace announced recently that the 96-year-old monarch had felt some discomfort during the various military parades on June 2. Knowing the journey to St Paul’s Cathedral and what it involves, Elizabeth II therefore decided to stay wisely at Buckingham Palace. But even if she was absent from the mass, several events came to punctuate the show.
In London, as elsewhere, the temperature is mild in June 2022 and the mercury therefore exceeded 20°C during the parade which led the royal family to St Paul’s Cathedral. And as often happens, several guards succumbed to the outside heat accentuated by their uniform and passed out during the big event of the day. It was not one or two guards who felt unwell, but three who did not resist the difficult conditions imposed by the celebrations. According to the Daily Mail, the discomforts were chained shortly before Prince Charles, official representative of Queen Elizabeth II for the occasion, arrived at the cathedral.
A member of the Queen’s Guard passed out
When the three guards felt unwell, most managed to keep their position but several still came to the aid of the victims to help them get back on their feet and be evacuated. Also according to the Daily Mail, which offers photos of the event, the first soldier to faint is a member of the Royal Air Force while the second is a member of the Royal Canadian Artillery. The latter also remained in service after being able to recover from his illness. Finally, the third victim is a member of Queen Elizabeth II’s guard who was quickly leaned against a wall while waiting for help to come and examine him. Fortunately, that didn’t stop the ceremony from taking place as normal after Prince Harry, Meghan Markle, Prince William and Kate Middleton all arrived on site in a somewhat tense atmosphere.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle © Avalon