VIDEO: Military musician faints in rehearsal for next weekend’s Trooping The Colour

Trooping the Colour parade

VIDEO: Military musician faints in rehearsal for next weekend's Trooping The Colours Credit: Jon Creative Commons Attribution 2.0

The trombonist from the Massed Bands of the Household Division, wasn’t the only musician to faint yesterday, June 10, as his heavy uniform and busby, the exertion of playing a wind instrument and the extreme British summer so far got the better of him. 

The brave and patriotic individual in the video even attempts to continue after passing out and regaining consciousness, but he was wisely led away for medical attention.

BBC News posted a video of the incident on Twitter saying: “Trombonist soldier tries to play on after fainting in London heat”.

Prince William showed his gratitude for all the soldiers’ efforts in such difficult conditions saying on Twitter: ” A big thank you to every solider who took part in the Colonel’s Review this morning in the heat. Difficult conditions but you all did a really good job. Thank you. W”.

He also Tweeted showinbg some wonderful pictures of the rehearsal, saying: “Conducting the Colonel’s Review of the King’s Birthday Parade today. The hard work and preparation that goes into an event like this is a credit to all involved, especially in today’s conditions.”

The Trooping the Colour ceremony is performed annually in the UK,  in a march from Buckingham Palace to the Horse Guards Parade in St James’s Park. Similar events are held in commonwealth countries, celebrating the UK Monarch’s official birthday.

The ceremony is due to happen next Saturday, June 17, and will feature King Charles inspecting his troops which consist of the Household Division and the King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery.

Around 400 musicians like the one seen passing out in the video will be involved, in a ceremony that will include a 41-gun salute and a Royal Air Force flyover.

With temperatures in London next Saturday still forecast to be in the mid-to-high 20s Celsius, we hope that the parade will take place without too many capitulating to the heat.

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David Laycock

Dave Laycock has always written. Poems, songs, essays, academic papers as well as newspaper articles; the written word has always held a great fascination for him and he is never happier than when being creative. From a musical background, Dave has travelled the world performing and also examining for a British music exam board. He also writes, produces and performs and records music. All this aside, he is currently fully focussed on his journalism and can’t wait to share more stories from around the world and beyond.