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England Cricket pays tribute to Queen Elizabeth II with new anthem

England Cricket pays tribute to Queen Elizabeth II with new anthem

Late Queen Elizabeth and her later husband, Prince Philips, both had a long history of supporting England Cricket. The two were patrons and honorary life members of MCC and also showed respect to the game, often appearing to attend them from the late 1960s till the Ashes 2013.

Queen Elizabeth was coronated on 2nd June 1953 and holds the longest-reigning monarch of the United Kingdom. She opened the ECB National Academy at Loughborough University in November 2004. All these facilities continue today to be the primary training centre for all England players.

Next year, Her Majesty invited both the men’s and women’s England teams to Buckingham Palace to receive awards recognising their victorious Ashes campaigns. Also, before the ODI World Cup 2019, she met all ten skippers at the palace of the participant teams to wish them good luck.

ECB Chair Richard Thompson said: “I’m sure I speak for everyone in the game when I say how truly sad I am to hear of the Queen’s passing. Her Majesty has been such a great supporter of the game and was always so vocal about her and her late husband’s enjoyment of the sport. Her dedication to her country will never be forgotten. For her service and her selflessness over her extraordinary reign, we owe her a debt that can never be repaid.”

For her services to the country and to England Cricket, the national team, on Saturday, paid tribute to Her Majesty with a new anthem that has been sung for the first time since Prince Charles III has taken over the throne. ‘God save the King’ was last sung back in 1952 when Queen Elizabeth’s father, King George VI, passed away.

On Saturday, South Africa and England resumed the third and the final Day, day 1 of which was washed away, whereas Day 2 was halted for the demise of Queen Elizabeth II. Alongside the players, the Oval crowd joined God save the king and applauded with claps until the first bowl was bowled.

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