Either this Danish soldier was so excited at the prospect of meeting members of his country's Royal Family, or the hat he wore was too heavy.

But he fell flat on his face at the arrival ceremony of a gala dinner hosted by the Danish monarch, Queen Margrethe II.

The incident happened at Christiansborg Palace in Copenhagen on Thursday night and he had to be carted off by security officials before the guests arrive.

Margrethe II took to the Throne in 1972, becoming Denmark's first female monarch since Margrethe I, who reigned from 1388 to 1412.

Pictured: Danish soldier passes out in royal line-up at gala dinner

By Mail Foreign Service
29th January 2010
Daily Mail

Denmark's Queen Margrethe II

For one soldier, the prospect of meeting royalty was obviously too overwhelming.

The royal guard fell flat on his face after fainting at the arrival ceremony of a gala dinner hosted by the Danish queen.

The soldier had been in a line-up awaiting the arrival of Princess Mary and politicians at the Christiansborg Palace in Copenhagen last night when he keeled over.

Passing out ceremony: The soldier falls flat on his face while at the gala dinner hosted by the Danish Queen

He was dragged to his feet by security officials who carried him off before the guests arrived.

Queen Margrethe and Prince Consort Henrik were hosting their annual party last night for members of the Danish Parliament, and the soldier was part of the evening's honour guard.

A security official drags the soldier outside before Princess Mary arrives