Two guardsmen faint as temperatures soar during Trooping the Colour rehearsals

Two guardsmen collapsed and needed to be helped to their feet as sweltering temperatures disrupted rehearsals for Trooping the Colour today.

The Household Division soldiers were taking part in the second round of practice for the grand military event.

The centuries-old parade, which takes place along The Mall in central London, celebrates the Queen's official birthday due to take place on June 8.

Britain has been hit by a mini-heatwave this weekend with the mercury hitting up to 28 degrees Celsius in some parts of the capital.

The soldiers were required to wear traditional full dress for the occasion, including heavy 2lb bearskin hats and red coats.

Pictures showed how two soldiers were overwhelmed by the heat and fell to their knees on Horse Guards Parade gravel.

Three medics then attempted to help them to their feet as their dutiful colleagues maintained a rigid standing position without even a glance.

Prince Andrew was due to inspect the men for the historic Colonel's Review for the first time after taking over the role from his father The Duke of Edinburgh, late in 2017.

Around 1,500 officers are due to take part in the main event which will see a spectacular RAF fly-past over Buckingham Palace.

During the ceremony, the Foot Guards and Household Cavalry will march past the monarch and salute while The King's Troop, Royal Horse Artillery, file past.

In 2017, at least five guardsmen needed medical attention during the Trooping the Colour ceremony as temperatures soared to 82F (28C).

Temperatures have already reached 28 C in southern parts of England this afternoon.

Met Office forecasters say there could be highs of 29 or 30 on Sunday, but expect some hazy and humid conditions later in the day.

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