Drama as guard FAINTS off the podium while holding vigil beside Queen’s coffin in Westminster Hall 

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  • Lakhs of mourners queue up to bid their last farewell
  • But the well-wishers were astonished tonight when the man fell down while on guard.
  • He had stepped off the podium a few moments before he regained his position.
  • But seconds later the guard blacked out and fell to the stone floor ahead
  • Full coverage: Click here to see all our coverage of the Queen’s passing

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Watching next to the Queen’s coffin, a guard fainted from the podium as she lay in state inside the Palace of Westminster.

Hundreds of thousands of mourners line up to pay their last respects to the monarch after his death at Balmoral on Thursday.

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But the onlookers were taken aback when a guard started walking at his feet moments before he fell.

The man had stepped off the podium a few moments earlier before taking back his place as other soldiers joined him for a change.

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But a few seconds later he fainted and fell forward, landing on the stone floor and gasping heavily from people queuing to pay homage to him.

As the police arrived to assist the man, the live stream was also cut for several minutes.

The Queen’s coffin, placed on a high platform called the Catafalque, is guarded round the clock by units of the Sovereign Bodyguard, Household Division, or Yeoman Warders of the Tower of London.

The moment the guard fell forward on the stone floor, police officers rushed to his aid this evening

Inside the historic hall, members of the public clap to pay their last respects as the man collapses

Inside the historic hall, members of the public clap to pay their last respects as the man collapses

Two police officers quickly rushed to the man's aid as the remaining guards kept watch next to the coffin

Two police officers quickly rushed to the man’s aid as the remaining guards kept watch next to the coffin

It came as the streets of central London were crowded as she was driven from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Hall on Wednesday afternoon.

King Charles, William and Harry reunited to mourn and march behind the coffin, making their final journey from Buckingham Palace at 2.22 p.m.

A short service involving the royal family was held at the Palace of Westminster, before members of the public were allowed to pay their respects from 5 p.m.

As the late monarch’s coffin was placed in the hall, photographs captured a poignant moment for the Duke of Sussex as he held his head in his hand, shielding his eyes, and looked down.

Dressed in a suit adorned with medals, he stands next to the Duchess of Sussex, looking down with a sad expression on her face.

Prince Harry and his brother Prince William stand by their wives Meghan and Kate as they overcome their bitter feud to pay respects to their grandmother.

While the siblings walked side by side for the poignant 38-minute procession from Buckingham Palace, their spouses traveled in separate cars, with Meghan being joined by the Countess of Wessex and Kate Camilla, Queen Consort.

During the service, the ‘Fab Four’ stood to face the coffin on its purple-covered catafalque, which was surrounded by a tall, yellow twinkling candle at each corner of the elaborate red stage in the heart of Westminster Hall. Background Some of the most famous moments in British history.

The moment the first members of the public walked inside the Palace of Westminster to see the Queen's coffin as she remains in state until Monday

The moment the first members of the public walked inside the Palace of Westminster to see the Queen’s coffin as she remains in state until Monday

Members of the public pay their respects as they pass by the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II at the Palace of Westminster this evening

Members of the public pay their respects as they pass by the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II at the Palace of Westminster this evening

People queue as the coffin of Britain's Queen Elizabeth leaves Buckingham Palace for her to lie down at Westminster Hall

People queue as the coffin of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth leaves Buckingham Palace for her to lie down at Westminster Hall

The Sussex Royals stood at the back of the group, with Harry directly behind William and Meghan directly behind Kate. The touching moment marks the first time the couple has been seen together since a surprise walkout at Windsor Castle on Saturday, and a rare show together.

The Queen’s coffin entered Westminster Hall as Westminster Abbey’s choir and Her Majesty’s Chapel Royal, St James’s Palace sang Psalm 139. When the Queen arrived, Charles, William and Anne saluted. Harry and Prince Andrew – barred from wearing military uniforms – bowed their heads instead.

Thousands of well wishers have passed through this historic hall throughout the evening and in the early hours of this morning.

Bereaved people waiting to pay tribute have been given colour-coded wristbands to temporarily exit the queue to buy food and use toilets.

Street workers have also been advised to take those who are struggling, out of the queue for a ‘cup of tea’. Then they can be let close to the front.

The Palace of Westminster will be open 24 hours a day until 6.30 a.m. on Monday, the day of the Queen’s funeral.

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