Eight Police Officers and Military Personnel Unwell at Queen’s Funeral


Eight members of the police force and military became ill during Elizabeth II’s funeral on 19 September.

The monarch passed on September 8 and was moved from her place of death, Balmoral Castle in Scotland, to Westminster Hall and then to her final resting place the King George VI Memorial Chapel.

A Met police officer collapsed while standing guard at Westminster Abbey and was carried away on a stretcher by members of the Royal Navy.

Another four officers became unwell during the proceedings. A spokesperson for the Met claimed ‘All have recovered’.

Approximately 2,300 police officers were there to oversee the procession to Westminster Abbey and then Windsor Castle.

The Chief of Defence Staff for the UK, Admiral Sir Tony Radakin, explained before the ceremony that there were going to be over 10,000 soldiers, sailors and aviators. He added:

“There’s always an element of apprehension, but we have brilliant people that help at every level, some generals that have been planning this for a long time.

“We have warrant officers and non-commissioned officers that that look at the precise execution, and that’s at my level and then all the way down.”

The late monarch has been laid to rest at the King George VI Memorial Chapel in Windsor Castle.

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