The first official public performance of the national anthem, ‘God Save the King’, took place last night at the conclusion of the ‘prayer and reflection’ church service held at St Paul’s Cathedral in London in honor to the Queen, who died Thursday at Balmoral Castle in Scotland.
The hymn, which has been ‘God Save the Queen’ (‘God save the Queen’) since 1952, when King George VI died and Elizabeth II ascended the throne, has returned to change gender to male now that Carlos III is the new head of state.
In the service, which began with the transmission of the The King’s Televised Speech, the prime minister participated Liz Trusswho did one of the readings, some ministers from his cabinet and more than two thousand members of the public who made a long queue from three in the afternoon to enter after collecting some access bracelets that were delivered in strict order of arrival.
God Save The King:
For the first time in over 70 years, God Save The King is sung publicly.
We are in a new era.
God Save The Queen will likely never be heard again in any of our lifetimes. pic.twitter.com/eHQRk5BQ4U
— Royal Central (@RoyalCentral) September 9, 2022
At the religious ceremony, the Rev. Sarah Mullally, Bishop of London, gave a speech, and the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, and the dean of the cathedral, Andrew Tremlett, who stated that “we remember with gratitude the life of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II” and noted that “for many centuries, St. Paul’s Cathedral has been a place to remember and mourn the life of those who have died. As we join his family and the grieving nation, we commend his life and work to God.”