'Loud thud' as Queen's page boy faints at Westminster

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One of the Queen's page boys fainted today at the State Opening of Parliament.

A loud thud could be heard in the House of Lords as the child fainted at around eight minutes and 53 seconds into the Queen's Speech, which lasted around 10 minutes.

The boy fainted moments after the Queen told those gathered the Government will work towards a "comprehensive nuclear agreement with Iran", when the loud thud can be heard.

During the speech, the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall, who were sat nearest to the page boy, showed concern.

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A spokesman at the House of Lords said the child was fine, adding there were no problems.

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The child was carried out of the chamber while the Queen continued reading the speech without appearing to break her delivery.

The four page boys listed in today's programme were Hugo Bertie, Viscount Aithrie, Charles Armstrong-Jones and Arthur Chatto. A House of Lords spokesman refused to identify which of the boys had fainted.

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The three remaining page boys assisted the Queen as she left the Lords after she completed the speech.

They carried the Queen's train as she arrived in the Lords and performed the same role as she left, remaining in the chamber throughout the event.

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