A member of Queen Elizabeth's Guard knocked down a young boy in a viral video that was shot at the Tower of London.

The video shows a few tourists taking photographs and videos of two Guardsmen with their ceremonial bearskin hats on and marching across the grounds. Just seconds later a young boy walks into the path of one of the soldiers who shouts, "Make way!" The boy is then knocked down by the marching soldier, who carries on past the tourists.

According to The Sun, onlookers can be heard gasping in shock as the child falls down and then quickly gets up.

The video was shared on TikTok with the caption, "My sister went to England, first day in." Commenting on the viral video, one wrote that there is just "no need for this." Another user addressed to those who said that "they’re just doing their job. If your job involves trampling children therein lies the problem.”

But there were some who blamed the parents for having "absolutely no awareness of their surroundings." Another wrote that some people "don’t understand that those guards aren't there for tourist attraction and are highly trained soldiers to protect the Queen."

A spokesperson for the Ministry of Defence told Daily Mail that they are aware of the incident that happened during a "routine patrol." The spokesperson said that the soldier in question had warned the public that a patrol was approaching, but the "child unfortunately ran out in front of the soldier unexpectedly." The spokesperson added that the soldier tried to step over the boy and "continued on his duty," but later checked on the child and was "reassured that all was well."

The soldiers, known for their distinctive red tunics and bearskin hats, are given the responsibility of protecting the official royal residences in the UK. The Guardsmen, who are chosen from one of five infantry regiments, have been doing this for three centuries. They have defended monarchs since Charles II took the throne in 1660.

It is believed that there are guidelines for the soldiers to deal with obstacles. If an individual comes in their path, the Guardsmen will shout, "Make way for the Queen's Guard."

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Queen Elizabeth II smiles as she arrives before the Opening of the Flanders' Fields Memorial Garden at Wellington Barracks on Nov. 6, 2014 in London, England. Stefan Wermuth - WPA Pool /Getty Images

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