Saturday 9 June 2018

Field Marshall Guthrie, 79, is rushed to hospital after being thrown off horse at Trooping The Colour

Field Marshall Charles Guthrie has been thrown from his horse as he rode back to Buckingham Palace during Trooping The Colour.

The 79-year-old was rushed to hospital after being treated at the scene by paramedics, but aides said he was being 'well looked after'. 

His fall slightly delayed the royal balcony appearance celebrating the Queen's official 92nd Birthday on Saturday afternoon.

Lord Guthrie slumped in his saddle and fell sideways to his left right in front of Buckingham Palace near one of the lion statues.

Nearby police and the riders trotting beside him immediately rushed to his aid until paramedics arrived.

Several police were seen working on him with one cradling his head with his eyes still open. 

Numerous people wished the decorated commander a speedy recovery on social media, including Air Force veteran John Nichol.

'Really hope all is OK - a nicer General Officer you could not hope to meet. Wishing you well Sir,' he wrote.

Lord Guthrie was chief of army general staff from 1994 to 1997 and chief of defence staff from 1997 until his retirement in 2001.

He still serves as the ceremonial Colonel of the Life Guards, and was riding with the Queens Guards at Trooping The Colour.

Field Marshall Guthrie began his military career in 1959 with the Welsh Guards, then joined the SAS in 1966 where he served for fours years.

The seasoned officer then returned to the Welsh Guards in 1970 as a major and was promoted through the ranks until he ran the whole army from 1994. 


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