Here's Why King's Guards All Faint In The Same Way

It's a widely known fact that members of the King's Guard can faint and indeed do, but have you ever pondered why they always faint while facing forwards?

Now you need not wonder anymore, as a recent revelation on TikTok has shed light on the matter. Social media users have learned that the King's Guard are actually trained on how to faint in a certain way.


The reason for this training is that it's a frequent incident for members of the King's Guard to faint, particularly during the summer months.

TikToker Sherif El Sahly disclosed in a video posted on March 11th, "As soon as they feel they're about to faint, they need to get down on one knee and face plant the floor."

"The reason they do that is because of the way that it looks and it's got a special name called fainting to attention."


Major Dai Bevan, who headed the 101-member Guard of Honour from the Welsh Guards during Prince William and the now-Princess of Wales' wedding in 2011, confirms the TikToker's assertion.

"You have to faint to attention," he said."It will probably involve a broken nose and a whole lot of missing teeth."


Although there may be cases where the guards collapse onto their backs, it's regarded as disgraceful and thus highly undesirable.

The guards are instructed to loosen the leather band on their bearskin hats to minimize the risk of fainting. This is due to the fact that their heads can expand in hot weather, and if the strap is too tight, it may contribute to the risk of fainting.

Additionally, they are encouraged to consume up to five liters of water to remain well-hydrated, despite their inability to move from their posts.


Guardsman Bryce Pounder remarked that this can cause trouble.

"You can hear lads groaning behind you," he said. "You might get a few little puddles."


Sergeant-Major Mott, who served as a member of the former Queen's Guard during Princess Diana's wedding to the current king, shared that he had a specific regimen to prevent himself from fainting.

His routine included a five-mile run in the morning, a substantial breakfast, as well as exercises such as toe wiggling and calf tensing.

"If you are resting on your heels the blood doesn't flow back to the brain," he explained.


In the event of a fainting episode, guards can choose to avoid falling face-first and the associated embarrassment and discomfort by "wedging" one of their comrades who are on the verge of collapsing.