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Katie Weston

Horse tail hits unlucky soldier in the face in awkward moment at Queen's funeral cortege

An unfortunate soldier was filmed being whacked by a horse's tail in the Queen's funeral cortege today.

Footage shows the serviceman - who appears to be unharmed - staggering backwards after being hit in the face during the procession.

The clip was shared to Twitter alongside the caption: "A horse flashes his tail hitting a soldier in the face.

"No harm done - even the most experienced of horses become overwhelmed by the occasion."

One social media user commented: "Glad all was well."

Another person who spotted the awkward moment tweeted: "Anyone else spot the horse tail catch a soldier full in the face?

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Footage shows the serviceman staggering backwards after being hit in the face (Twitter)

"He regained composure pretty quickly - I bet he wasn't expecting that."

The video was shared as millions of people around the world watched the ceremony, where soldiers from the Queen's Company, 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards, carried the coffin draped in the Royal Standard.

The unit had a close connection with the Queen - as the serving monarch she held the position of company commander and made a personal review of the company every decade.

The soldier quickly regained his composure (Twitter)

The work of the eight pallbearers was highlighted by people watching the events as they took place in Westminster and Windsor.

Carla Lockhart, Upper Bann's DUP MP, said: "Amidst the pageantry and occasion, eight young men silently went about their duty.

"The weight of the world on their shoulders, the glare of the world on them, but they were flawless.

"They did themselves, their families and our country proud. Thank you."

Soldiers from the Queen's Company, 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards, carried the coffin draped in the Royal Standard (Adam Gerrard / Daily Mirror)

The guardsmen carried the coffin up the steps to the West Door of St George's Chapel - with viewers holding their breath.

Tory former minister Eddie Hughes said: "I held my breath for every step... These lads are amazing."

Fellow Tory MP Tom Hunt said: "I can't imagine how hard and emotionally challenging it must have been to have carried Her Late Majesty's coffin just once.

"They've done it time and time again this week. With billions watching. They've done Her Late Majesty and the country proud."

The hearse carrying the Queen's coffin is escorted along the Long Walk towards Windsor Castle (REUTERS)

The funeral was broadcast live at around 125 cinemas and several cathedrals in the UK, and on a big screen in Holyrood Park in front of the Palace of Holyroodhouse, Edinburgh.

Later this evening, a private burial service will be conducted by the Dean of Windsor, attended by the King and members of the royal family.

The Queen is to be buried together with the Duke of Edinburgh at the King George VI Memorial Chapel with her mother and father, George VI.

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