Queen's Guard soldier topples backwards in front of Buckingham Palace

He’s down… and up again! Moment Queen’s Guard soldier appears to overbalance and topples backwards in front of his Buckingham Palace sentry box – but gets back on his feet in seconds

  • Queen’s Guard member seems to overbalance and topple over, hitting the floor
  • He was marching towards his sentry box, outside Buckingham Palace’s frontage
  • Clip on TikTok racked up more than 38,000 likes within hours of being posted 
  • Commenters joked ‘Tripping the Colour’  saying it became funnier on each watch
  • This is the moment a Queen’s Guard member appears to overbalance and topple over as he marches in front of his Buckingham Palace sentry box, before swiftly clambering back to his feet.

    Dressed in the grey coats of the Household Division’s winter dress, the man marches towards the sentry box, arms swinging.

    The footage which was filmed in January, with the guard in winter dress worn from November to March each year, quickly racked up more than 38,000 likes within hours of it being posted on TikTok yesterday.

    It video shows the guard as he approaches the box, swinging his right leg into the air, as his left foot slides from beneath him, before hitting the floor

    It video shows the guard as he approaches the box, swinging his right leg into the air, as his left foot slides from beneath him, before hitting the floor

    As he hits the floor, right leg in the air, the man uses the momentum of his fall to push himself back upright

    As he hits the floor, right leg in the air, the man uses the momentum of his fall to push himself back upright

    Kneeling and then standing back up, the guard manages to keep his rifle, which is fitted with a bayonet, on his left shoulder throughout

    Kneeling and then standing back up, the guard manages to keep his rifle, which is fitted with a bayonet, on his left shoulder throughout

    After getting back up, the guard then takes a step back, and stands tall in front of the sentry box

    After getting back up, the guard then takes a step back, and stands tall in front of the sentry box

    It comes just over a week before celebrations begin for Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee, starting Thursday, June 2. 

    It video shows the guard as he approaches the box, swinging his right leg into the air, as his left foot slides from beneath him.

    The guard then topples backwards, reaching out on his right to grab hold of the box.

    What is the Queen’s Guard? 

    The standard bearskin cap is 18 inches tall and weighs 1.5 pounds

    The standard bearskin cap is 18 inches tall and weighs 1.5 pounds 

    The Queen’s Guard are stationed at  Buckingham Palace, Clarence House and St James’s Palace.

    Also known as the Household Division, the units are both ceremonial and protective. 

    When the Queen is at Buckingham Palace, there are four sentries outside. When she is away, there are two.

    Between April and October, the guards wear red tunics and bearskins — the name for the large black hats.

    The standard bearskin cap is 18 inches tall and weighs 1.5 pounds. 

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    As he hits the floor, right leg in the air, the man uses the momentum of his fall to push himself back upright. 

    Kneeling and then standing back up, the guard manages to keep his rifle, which is fitted with a bayonet, on his left shoulder throughout. 

    He then takes a step back, and stands tall in front of the sentry box.

    The video, posted on Twitter today, was captioned ‘tough day at the office?’

    The poster added: ‘I imagine this is what the palace would call “episodic mobility issues”.’

    First shared on video app TikTok yesterday, one commenter said: ‘Think the jubilee celebrations have started early.’

    ‘The more I watch it the funnier it gets,’ another added. 

    While a third joked: ‘Tripping the Colour’. 

    ‘Had to get back up and stand in front of everyone that saw him fail, his cheeks must have felt hot,’ another viewer added. 

    ‘That was very close to stabbing himself with the bayonet on the end there,’ someone else said. 

    Others sympathised with the guard. One said: ‘Poor guy the only job where it matters to not do that.’

    ‘Love to see how long you can stand there like they do… He’s probably exhausted. Hope he was okay,’ another said.

    ‘Them shoes are like wearing ice… happens to the best of us! Only human,’ added another commenter.