ENGLAND Cricketers sang a chilling first TV broadcast of ‘God Save the King’ ahead of a sporting event 70 years after the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
Yesterday’s game was canceled as a mark of respect after she passed away on Thursday aged 96.
After consultation with DCMS and in line with official national mourning guidelines, the decision was made to resume play on Saturday morning.
England’s third test against South Africa got off to a late start, with the stars wearing black armbands as a sign of respect.
The players took to the field flanked by a military guard of honor before those in attendance at The Oval observed an impeccable minute’s silence.
The national anthem of South Africa was then played – before special, touching scenes, as a rousing rendition of “God Save the King” was belted out by the passionate crowd.
It was the first sporting event since the death of Queen Elizabeth II that this version of the anthem, written in 1745, was sung.
A rendition was cheered by 2,000 in attendance at St Paul’s Cathedral last night during a service in honor of the Queen.
England captain Ben Stokes admitted yesterday it would be an honor to play in her memory this weekend.
He tweeted: “She loved sports, honored to play in her memory.”
The 31-year-old followed his words with a heart emoji.
Ahead of today’s match, Stokes told the BBC: “It’s obviously been a sad couple of days, not just for us but for the whole nation and the world.
“It’s great to be standing here knowing we’re going to play this game, not just for us but in memory of the Queen, so it’s a very special occasion for us.
“We were still waiting for confirmation of what was going to happen this week, so yesterday the guys just sat around and waited for it.
“When we heard the news it was good to hear from our point of view. There wasn’t much going on for us yesterday to be honest.”
All advertising has been removed from The Oval and replaced with tributes to Her Majesty.
The ECB yesterday made the decision to resume play just hours after the Premier League decided to postpone all games between September 9-11.
A Prem statement on Friday said: “At a meeting this morning, Premier League clubs paid tribute to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
“To honor her extraordinary life and contribution to the nation, and as a mark of respect, this weekend’s Premier League round of play is postponed, including Monday night’s game.”
They added: “Further updates on Premier League games during the period of mourning will be provided in due course.”
https://www.the-sun.com/sport/6191021/england-cricketers-god-save-king-queen/ Emotional cricketers from England sing ‘God Save the King’ and pay their respects to the Queen ahead of the South Africa Test