FIVE guardsmen have collapsed in sweltering heat during a ceremony marking the Queen's birthday.
One soldier – dressed in a full uniform including a bearskin – fell forward onto the ground as temperatures soared to 25C during the Horse Guards Parade in the Trooping the Colour ceremony.
The guardsman in the second row collapsed to his knees before landing face down with his hands to his side.
His colleagues maintained positions as the ceremony to mark the Queen’s birthday continued in St James's Park, London.
One colleague removed his bearskin before he was lifted on to a stretcher.
At least four other guardsmen at the event are believed to have fainted in the high temperatures.
An Army spokeswoman said: “We can confirm that during the Queen’s birthday parade today a small number of soldiers fainted.
“It is an extremely hot day and all were removed from the Parade and checked by medical staff where they were hydrated."