The soldier appeared to collapse as politicians arrived at St Paul’s Cathedral ahead of a service of thanksgiving for the Queen
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Two soldiers have collapsed outside St Paul’s Cathedral ahead of a thanksgiving service to celebrate the Queen’s platinum jubilee.
It happened just before the royals came to church this morning.
In the first incident, a Royal Air Force soldier fell to the ground. Colleagues soon helped him to his feet and were taken away to recover.
The second soldier is said to be a member of the Canadian Artillery, although he continued to stand guard on the steps of St. Paul’s.
Video footage showed politicians arriving for the service at the cathedral while huge crowds gathered outside.
It appeared that the first soldier had collapsed just before Liz Truss, the secretary of state, went up the steps and into St. Paul’s.
Crowds who had gathered to see the famous faces come to the service cheered as the soldier was helped to his feet.
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Taking to Twitter, the Telegraph’s deputy editor tweeted: “A soldier just passed out, received medical attention and is now on his feet with cheers.”
The soldier was then led away by colleagues before the service.
It came as a number of people arrived for the Thanksgiving service, including Boris Johnson and his wife Carrie.
It appeared the Prime Minister was being booed and hissed at by the crowd while others cheered as they climbed the steps.
The royals have also attended the event, including Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, although the Queen will sit out the service.
The 96-year-old monarch was due to visit St Paul’s but backed out last night after feeling “slightly unwell” during yesterday’s Trooping the Color and RAF flypast.
A statement issued by the Palace on Thursday evening said: “The Queen thoroughly enjoyed today’s birthday parade and flyby but had some complaints.
“Taking into account the travel and activities required to attend tomorrow’s National Thanksgiving Service at St Paul’s Cathedral, Her Majesty has concluded with great reluctance that she will not attend.”
Meanwhile, Prince Andrew has tested positive for Covid-19 and will also miss the service, it has been confirmed.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex arrived ahead of the service at St Paul’s and the crowd heard cheers as they entered the cathedral.
Wearing a cream dress and matching hat, Meghan arrived just after 11am.
However, a viewer could be heard yelling at the couple: “I don’t know how you have the guts to show up.”
The couple were spotted holding hands as they were escorted to their seats alongside other members of the royal family.
Just minutes later, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrived, but this time without Prince George, Prince Louis and Princess Charlotte.
Wearing a warm yellow dress, Prince William and Kate were greeted with loud cheers from the crowd.
Prince Charles and Camilla also came to the special thanksgiving service.
A number of former Prime Ministers are also in attendance, including Tony Blair, Gordon Brown, David Cameron and Theresa May.
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