Unseen photos of the Queen’s exhausted beefeaters after standing guard

Caption: Exhausted Beefeaters relax in their red pants Credit : @DefenceHQ

The beefeaters have been on guard 24 hours a day since last Thursday (Picture: @DefenceHQ)

Unseen photos of the Queen’s exhausted beefeaters show them relaxing after standing guard around her Majesty’s coffin.

The sneaky snaps show the yeoman of the guard sitting in their red trousers in chairs from the House of Lords between shifts.

Her Majesty’s coffin has been guarded for 24 hours a day since last Thursday, while she lies in state.

The coffin –  which is adorned by the Royal Standard – is resting on a raised platform called a catafalque within Westminster Hall.

Each corner is guarded by soldiers from units that serve the Royal Household, including three ceremonial units.

Ministry of Defence @DefenceHQ United Kingdom government organization The UK Armed Forces are continuing to honour their Commander-in-Chief of 70 years, Her Majesty The Queen, as they stand vigil alongside The King's Body Guard.

One of the Queen’s guards is caught having a nap in between shifts (Picture: @DefenceHQ)

Ministry of Defence @DefenceHQ United Kingdom government organization The UK Armed Forces are continuing to honour their Commander-in-Chief of 70 years, Her Majesty The Queen, as they stand vigil alongside The King's Body Guard.

Beefeaters who have been standing vigil over the Queen take a break in Parliament (Picture: @DefenceHQ)

Ministry of Defence @DefenceHQ United Kingdom government organization The UK Armed Forces are continuing to honour their Commander-in-Chief of 70 years, Her Majesty The Queen, as they stand vigil alongside The King's Body Guard.

The charming photos give a behind the scenes glimpse at life for the guards (Picture: @DefenceHQ)

Ministry of Defence @DefenceHQ United Kingdom government organization The UK Armed Forces are continuing to honour their Commander-in-Chief of 70 years, Her Majesty The Queen, as they stand vigil alongside The King's Body Guard.

The guards have been standing over the Queen as she has been lying in state since last Thursday (Picture: @DefenceHQ)

The Gentlemen at Arms, the Royal Company of Archers and the Yeomen of the Guard, have stood guard throughout the vigil, switching places every 20 minutes.

There has also been a number of special vigils from the Queen’s children and grandchildren, including King Charles, Prince William, and Prince Harry.

The behind-the-scenes photos show some of the guards relaxing, while others show them putting on their military uniform ahead of taking part in the vigil.

In one photo a guard can be seen having a nap whilst his colleagues get ready to go to work.

Earlier this week one of the guards on duty collapsed while standing on the podium around the Queen’s coffin.

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