First renditions of ‘God Save the King’ sung at sports venues in tribute to the Queen continue | CNN



For the first time in 70 years, “God Save the King” is sung on sport- lands in the United Kingdom as a tribute to Queen Elizabeth II two days after her death.

Ahead of the third day of the England-South Africa test match at London’s Kia Oval, players and coaches wore black armbands and observed a minute’s silence in honor of the Queen.

Shortly afterwards, after ringing a bell in the cricket ground, there were renditions of the national anthems of both countries. According to PA Media, it was the first time “God Save the King” was sung at a televised sporting event.

With the series tied at 1-1, the deciding test on Friday was canceled in light of the Queen’s death and play resumed on Saturday. Brand ads were removed from the Oval and replaced with messages honoring the Queen.

“Her Majesty has been such a strong supporter of the game and has always been so outspoken about her and her late husband’s enjoyment of the sport,” said Richard Thompson, chairman of the England and Wales Cricket Board.

“Her dedication to her country will never be forgotten. For her service and her selflessness during her extraordinary reign, we owe her a debt that can never be repaid.”

England captain Ben Stokes said on Friday that he would be “honored” to play in memory of the Queen, as she “loved sports”.

England players Ben Stokes (left), Ollie Pope (center) and Ben Foakes observe a minute of silence following the death of Queen Elizabeth II on Thursday.

A rendition of “God Save the King” was also sung by players and supporters during the Super League semi-final between Huddersfield Giants and Salford Red Devils in Huddersfield.

On Saturday, King Charles III was formally proclaimed the new monarch of the UK, promising to “follow his mother’s inspiring example”.

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