Sports fans sing God Save the King for the first time in 70 years


Watch: God Save the King sung ahead of Third Test between England and South Africa

Cricket fans sang a new rendition of the national anthem as the third Test between England and South Africa resumed after the death of the queen.

The event marked the first time God save the king had been sung at a televised sporting event in 70 years.

All the players and coaches wore black armbands despite there being no brand advertising on the edge of the Kia Oval in south London.

The lyrics of the national anthem were changed from “Queen” to “King” and “her victorious” to “him victorious” to mark this. the king had taken over as the new monarch.

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Laura Wright sings the national anthems at the Kia Oval. (Getty)

LONDON, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 10: Players and officials line up for the national anthem ahead of day three of the LV=Insurance Third Test match between England and South Africa at the Kia Oval on September 10, 2022 in London , in England.  (Photo by Alex Davidson/Getty Images for Surrey CCC)

It was the first time God Save the King had been sung at a televised sporting event in 70 years. (Getty)

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Friday’s play was called off as a mark of respect following Her Majesty’s death on Thursday, but the green light has been given for all international, domestic and recreational cricket matches to go ahead from Saturday.

Laura Wright sang the national anthems of South Africa and England.

There was also an impeccably observed minute of silence, followed by the chiming of a bell by Senior NCO Robert Brockelsby Miller of the Irish Guards.

England captain Ben Stokes said on Sky Sports: “We know how much the Queen loved the sport and the show must go on.

“I’m sure she will despise all the sport that’s still going on this weekend and we’re going there in her honor. I am very happy and proud that we can do this.

Tributes will be paid to the Queen at sporting events taking place this weekend after football fixtures were postponed as a mark of respect.

Similar scenes are expected at Premiership Rugby fixtures and Super League matches, while a two-minute silence was observed at 9.50am at the BMW PGA Championship golf tournament at Wentworth.


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