Reportedly, a woman was injured after falling through a booth during Trooping the Colour. The crowd was evacuated when paramedics arrived at the scene.
Many spectators had come to today’s event. The Major-General inspected soldiers from the Household Division and the King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery in what was an event almost identical to the one the Queen will inspect during the Jubilee bank holiday, reports the Mirror.
Witness Zoe Clark-Coates said: “What we just witnessed was terrifying, but we are safe! Part of the grandstand floor has collapsed and at least one person has fallen. We are praying for the injured and shocked.
“The stands are being evacuated.
A witness described the situation as “chaos”. She added: “We were told to get up and we heard a scream and then there was chaos in the section.
“It turned out that a part had collapsed and a woman had fallen. The paramedics rushed over but started shouting ‘we can’t find her’.
“She was extracted after several minutes and seemed fine but very shaken and was put on a stretcher and loaded into an ambulance. The crowd was calm but was then moved out of that section. Then a second section had a similar collapse and the crowd was moved but no one fell through.
“What is striking is that there seemed to be total confusion with the police about what to do and where to find the victim under the bleachers. But the doctors did the best they could without any advice.”
Another shocked participant added: “At Trooping, the colour, part of the grandstand, where spectators were seated, partially collapsed. No news of injuries.”
Today’s event, Trooping the Color reviewed by the Major General, is identical to Trooping the Color reviewed by the Queen, except that it excludes the street understudy from the guards on the mall and that some additional mounted officers ride when the Queen is present.
Up to 1450 soldiers from the Household Division and the King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery, together with up to 400 musicians from the Massed Bands, took part in the parade on Horse Guards for the first of two official reviews.
The soldiers were inspected by Major General Christopher Ghika CBE, Major General Commanding Household Division.
Next weekend Prince William will attend the event, before the Queen oversees the main event as part of the Jubilee Bank Holiday weekend.