WATCH: England cricket pays emotional tribute to The Queen with the new anthem ‘God Save The King’ ahead of 3rd Test vs South Africa


WATCH: England cricket pays emotional tribute to The Queen with the new anthem ‘God Save The King’ ahead of 3rd Test vs South Africa

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Ahead of the third against South Africa on Saturday, September 10 at the Kia Oval, England cricket paid tribute Queen Elizabeth II who passed away on Thursday, September 9.

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An LED board was placed on the third day inside the stadium that displayed a tribute to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Day 2’s game was suspended.

Then England cricket team also observed a minute’s silence on the ground. Then the NCO of the Irish Guards chimed the bell and the new anthem God Save the King was sung by the team.

Notably, it was also for the first time the team has sung this anthem since King Charles III‘s ascention to the throne.

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“It’s always very special to stand on the ground and sing the national anthem and obviously today will have even more on it. The national anthem might be sung a little bit louder than it is normally, and rightly so. It’s great 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,” England Test skipper Ben Stokes said.

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“How much the Queen loved this sport, how the show must go on”- Ben Stokes

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Ben Stokes said before the start of the match that how it’s been very sad news for the nation and the world.

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“We know how much the Queen loved this sport, and how the show must go on,” England Test captain Ben Stokes said before the start of the play. “I am sure she’ll be looking down on all the sport that’s still going ahead over this weekend, and that we’re going out there in her honour. I’m very pleased and proud we can do that.

“It’s been very sad news not only for the nation but the world. The Queen was someone who dedicated her life to the nation, someone that we take incredible inspiration from and we are honoured to be able to walk out on the field in memory of the Queen.”

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