NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Wednesday, April 15, 2015, 3:13 PM
It’s the royal fall seen around the world.
A Buckingham Palace guard turned as red as his uniform Wednesday when he slipped on a manhole cover in front of hundreds of tourists during the Changing of the Queen’s Guard ceremony in England.
Video of the embarrassing moment shows the unidentified soldier falling sideways on his rear, with his right leg kicking in the air, as viewers gasp.
The young sentry scrambles to regain his bearings after his ceremonial bearskin hat hits the side of a box, and his rifle falls to the ground.
He takes fewer than five seconds to get back in step with the other guards.
The guards at Buckingham Palace are notoriously difficult to distract, with many tourists finding it impossible to get them to raise a smile or react to anything they do.
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LONDON, ENGLAND – APRIL 08: Members of the Queen’s Guard perform the ‘Changing of the Guard’ ceremony at Buckingham Palace on April 8, 2011 in London, England. The event, which is one of London’s top tourist attractions, involves members of the Queen’s Guard exchanging duties, and takes place almost every day outside Buckingham Palace.
“I didn’t expect anything like this to happen — he went flying,” tourist David Meadwell told The Telegraph. “I think he just slipped on a manhole cover. He looked so embarrassed.”
The video has been seen more than 750,000 times.
The changing of the guard, which is one of London’s top tourist attractions, takes place almost every day outside Buckingham Palace.
The Ministry of Defense declined to comment on “a young man falling over while doing his job,” the Telegraph reported.