Emotional England cricketers belt out ‘God Save the King’ after Queen’s death

Emotional England cricketers sang the first televised God Save the King at a sporting event in 70 years.

The England Cricket Team, along with a full Oval, will have had goosebumps all over their bodies as they sang the newly tweaked national anthem following the death of the Queen on Thursday, September 8.

Play was cancelled yesterday following the upsetting news as the country mourned the death of the monarch and sport took a backseat as people up and down the country paid their respects to the longest-reigning monarch in the country's history.

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The decision to play the third test against South Africa on Saturday came after consultation with DCMS and consulting the Official Nationa Mourning Guidance issued on Friday morning.

The players took to the field surrounded by a military guard of honour before a minute's silence took place by all inside The Oval.

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The national anthem of South Africa was played before a spine-tingling rendition of God Save the King was belted out by an emotional crowd.

It was the first sporting event to take place in England since the death of Queen Elizabeth II that sang this version of the national anthem, with Ben Stokes admitting it would be an honour to play in the Queen's memory.

He tweeted: "She loved sport, be honoured to play in her memory."

Before play started earlier today, Stokes told the BBC: "It’s obviously been a sad couple of days not only for us but the whole nation and the world as well.

"It’s great to be stood here knowing that we’re going to be playing 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 the lads were just sitting around waiting for that yesterday.

"Once 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."

The Oval was laden with tributes to Her Majesty, with all advertising removed. The ECB announced its decision to play on Saturday just hours after the Premier League postponed its weekend's football fixtures.


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