A soldier has been filmed stepping on a child during a patrol march at the Tower of London.
The soldier – a Coldstream guard, with a ceremonial role in protecting royal palaces – was filmed marching before a child appears to step out in front of him.
An army spokesman said the public had been warned, “a patrol was approaching, but the child unfortunately ran out unexpectedly in front of the soldier”.
The child was knocked to the ground and the soldier appeared to step on the foot before continuing to march. The child immediately gets to his feet again.
Members of the public are heard gasping as the child and the guard collide, and the video goes viral on TikTok.
An army spokesman said they were aware of the incident, which had taken place “earlier today during a routine patrol”.
They said the guard on duty had warned the public about the patrol.
“The soldier tried to step on the child and continued on his duty,” the spokesman added.
“After the incident, the soldier checked the child and was assured that everything was fine.”