Queen's pageboy faints during speech

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Media captionA thud could be heard as the Queen delivered her speech

One of the Queen's pageboys fainted in the House of Lords as she delivered her speech to Parliament.

He dropped to the floor moments after the Queen announced that the government would work towards a "comprehensive nuclear agreement with Iran".

The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall, who were sitting next to the boy, showed concern as he was carried away.

A House of Lords spokesman confirmed the boy was fine.

The child was helped out of the chamber while the Queen continued reading the speech without appearing to break her delivery.

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Image caption The four pageboys hold the train of the Queen's gown as she arrives at the House of Lords
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Image caption But only three of the pageboys are left to help as the monarch leaves

The Queen was assisted by four boys, known as pages of honour, who carried the train of her gown as she arrived at the House of Lords.

They then stood close to the monarch as she made her 10-minute speech.

However, only the three remaining pageboys were there to help as she left.

The House of Lords spokesman said: "We can confirm one of the pageboys did faint slightly but he is now fine. He is with his family and there is no problem."

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