The Ministry of Defence has responded after viral footage showed a royal guard trampling over a child who got in the way of a patrol. Take a look at the shocking moment below:
In the short clip, which was shared anonymously on TikTok, two royal guards can be seen marching as members of the public watch on.
When a small child steps in the path of one of the guards, they don't break stride, instead shouting at the youngster before knocking them over and continuing with the patrol.
Onlookers can be heard gasping in shock, although the child is fortunately back on their feet within seconds, seemingly relatively unscathed.
Judging from the caption, it seems as though the kid in question was from a family who were spending their first day visiting England.
The Ministry of Defence has since said the guard had been sure to check on the child after what happened, and found that 'all was well'.
In a statement to LADbible, an Army spokesperson said: “We are aware of an incident at the Tower of London earlier today during a routine patrol.
“The Guardsmen on duty warned members of the public that a patrol was approaching but the child unfortunately ran out in front of the soldier unexpectedly. The soldier tried to step over the child and continued on his duty.
“Following the incident, the soldier checked on the child and was reassured that all was well.”
The video has been viewed 1.2 million times on TikTok, with people divided over the footage.
Some believe the guard could have avoided knocking the child down, and exercised more common sense, with one commenting: "That child isn’t dangerous I get it's their job but it's a child there was no reason to do that."
Another said: "To all the people saying they're just doing their job. If your job involves trampling children therein lies the problem."
A third agreed: "It wouldn't kill the guard to walk around the child, if it's adults in the way I understand but if it's a child you can make an exception."
But there were also others who leapt to the guard's defence, suggesting the child should have been moved by their parents.
One person commented: "Watch all these ppl get pressed about the royal guards doing their job. You don’t move? You get trampled. Easy."
Another said: "I blame the parents, absolutely no awareness of their surroundings."
A third concurred: "People don’t understand that those guards aren't there for tourist attraction and are highly trained SOLDIERS there to protect the QUEEN."
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Topics: UK News