Stand collapses at Trooping the Color and person ‘falls through’ as ​​crowd evacuated

A woman is feared to have been hurt at today’s Trooping the Color as part of the stand suddenly gave way, causing her to fall through the gap as shocked onlookers were evacuated

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Trooping the Colour: Emergency services on scene

A woman is feared to have been injured after falling through a stand during a rehearsal for next week’s Trooping the Color as crowds were evacuated by emergency services.

Dozens of people had turned up for today’s event which is being reviewed by The Major General excited to see 1,450 soldiers of the Household Division and The King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery.

Reports from the scene suggest proceedings were interrupted when a part of the stand collapsed.

One witness described the situation as “chaos.”

She added: “We were told to stand and heard a scream and then there was chaos in the section.

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A stand has collapsed at a rehearsal for Trooping the Color

“Turned out part of it had collapsed and a woman had fallen through. The paramedics rushed in but started yelling ‘we can’t find her’.

“She was extracted after several minutes and seemed fine but badly shaken and was put on a stretcher and loaded into an ambulance.

“The crowd was calm but was later moved out of that section. Then a second section had a similar collapse and the crowd was moved but with no one falling through.

“The striking thing was that there seemed to be complete confusion with police about what to do and where to find the victim under the bleachers.




“But the medics did the best they could with no guidance.”

fellow witness Zoe Clark-Coates atdded: “What we just witnessed was terrifying, but we are safe!

“Part of the floor in the stand collapsed, and at least one person fell through. We are praying for the injured and shocked.

“The stands are being evacuated.”

Another shocked attendee added: “At Trooping the colour, part of stand, where spectators sat, has partially collapsed.

“No news of injuries.”

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