At least two people caused riots at a military parade in London, which kicked off celebrations for the Of Queen Elizabeth Platinum Jubilee on Thursday, running in front of soldiers marching before being arrested, television images showed.
Two men ran out from behind a fence where tens of thousands of people had gathered on Mall Avenue, leading to Buckingham Palace, and lay down in front of a marching band, the footage showed.
One of those who appeared held up a banner, before police pulled away the men, one of whom was wearing a golden crown on his head.
“Several arrests have been made against people trying to enter the ceremonial path in the Mall. The arrests are public order related to highway congestion,” police said on Twitter.
“Thank you to the crowd who showed their support by clapping our officers, who returned to their posts after the quick resolution of the incident.”
UK prepares to celebrate Queen’s Platinum Jubilee
The colorful ‘Trooping the Color’ military parade, which takes place every year to celebrate the queen’s official birthday, is attended by around 1,500 soldiers and officers.
Elizabeth used to take part in the parade on horseback herself until 1986 – five years after a man fired six white shots at her as she rode, trying to control her startled horse in this progress. She was unharmed and the man was arrested.