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God Save the King sang before the start of England’s decisive test against South Africa

‘God Save the King’ is sung at a sporting event for the first time since Queen Elizabeth II’s death as tributes are paid at The Oval ahead of the start of England’s decisive test against South Africa

  • England’s decisive test against South Africa starts today at The Oval
  • Day one was washed away and day two was canceled after the Queen’s death
  • There was a military guard of honor and a minute of silence in memory
  • It was followed by a historical rendition of the national anthem before the game started
  • Ben Stokes wanted the test to go through because the queen ‘loved sports’

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God Save the King was sung at a sporting event for the first time in 70 years for the third day of England’s decisive test against South Africa at The Oval.

Spectators were asked to take their seats at 10:30 a.m. for an on-field celebration of the life of Queen Elizabeth II, who died Thursday at the age of 96.

There was a military guard of honour, a one-bell chime and a minute’s silence in memory of the Queen before a historic anthem after Charles III was proclaimed king at St. James’s Palace earlier that morning.

God Save the King sang before the start of Englands

England cricketers observe a minute of silence before the start of the test against South Africa

Tribute was paid to Queen Elizabeth II at The Oval, following her death on Thursday at the age of 96

Tribute was paid to Queen Elizabeth II at The Oval, following her death on Thursday at the age of 96

Tribute was paid to Queen Elizabeth II at The Oval, following her death on Thursday at the age of 96

All players and coaches wear black armbands as a sign of respect and it is not allowed to wear fancy dress in front of the audience.

The ECB confirmed that the test would resume today after canceling the second day on Friday following Her Majesty’s death. 98 overs are scheduled for each of the remaining three days.

The decision was made following advice from the Ministry of Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), which told sports organizations there was no obligation to postpone events over the weekend.

Responding to a tweet asking if the matches should continue, England captain Ben Stokes said: “She loved sport, must continue in her memory.”

England captain Ben Stokes wanted the test to go ahead because the Queen 'loved sports'

England captain Ben Stokes wanted the test to go ahead because the Queen 'loved sports'

England captain Ben Stokes wanted the test to go ahead because the Queen ‘loved sports’

Spectators were asked to take their seats at 10:30 a.m. for a celebration of the Queen on the field

Spectators were asked to take their seats at 10:30 a.m. for a celebration of the Queen on the field

Spectators were asked to take their seats at 10:30 a.m. for a celebration of the Queen on the field

Despite being the ‘third’ day of the Test, today will be the first day of action at The Oval after Thursday’s game was halted due to rain – with no ball being thrown.

The ECB wanted to add an extra day on Tuesday, but South Africa said they were not willing to extend their stay for an extra day and will go home on Tuesday as planned to prepare for their white-ball tour of India.

The series is tied at 1-1, with both sides having won one Test per innings within three days.

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