Premiere of ‘God Save the King’ sung at sports venues as tribute to Queen continues

Players and coaches donned black armbands and a minute’s silence was held in honor of the Queen ahead of the third day of testing between England and South Africa at London’s Kia Oval.

Shortly thereafter, the national anthems of both countries were played after the bells rang on the cricket ground. According to PA Media, this was the first time “God Save the King” was sung at a televised sporting event.

Players and spectators observe a minute of silence while LED boards around the stadium pay tribute to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

The series was a 1–1 draw, with the deciding Test suspended on Friday in view of the Queen’s death and play resumed on Saturday. Brand advertising has been removed from the oval and replaced with a message paying tribute to the Queen.

Richard Thompson, chairman of the England and Wales Cricket Board, said: “Her Majesty was a great supporter of the game and was always vocal about her and her late husband’s enjoyment of the sport.

“Her devotion to her country will never be forgotten.

England’s Ben Stokes Said On Friday, it would be “honored” for him to play in the Queen’s memory because she “loved the sport.”
England's Ben Stokes (left), Ollie Pope (center) and Ben Fawkes observed a minute's 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 the Huddersfield Giants and the Salford Red Devils in Huddersfield.

On Saturday, Charles III was officially declared Britain’s new monarch and promised to “follow his mother’s inspiring example.”


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