Can King Charles sing the National Anthem? | The Sun

KING Charles III led the procession from Westminster Hall to Westminster Abbey at his mother Queen Elizabeth's state funeral on Monday.

But why wasn't the King singing the National Anthem during the service? Here's everything you need to know.

Can King Charles sing the National Anthem?

King Charles III is getting used to new traditions of the monarchy following the death of his mother Queen Elizabeth II.

One of those was apparent during the funeral service on September 19.

Members of the Royal Family including Prince William, Prince Harry and their wives Kate Middleton, Princess of Wales and Meghan Markle sang along to the national anthem in an emotional moment, while the King remained silent.

That's because the anthem is typically sung to the reigning monarch, and it would be inappropriate for them to join in.

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The National Anthem in its current form dates back to the 18th century.

It was first performed back in 1745 and it remains unclear who wrote the original lyrics and tune.

Did the Queen sing the National Anthem?

Though Queen Elizabeth II did not sing the National Anthem, she would stand in respect of those singing.

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What are the lyrics to the National Anthem?

The lyrics to the UK's national anthem God Save The King are as follows:

God save our gracious King!

Long live our noble King!

God save the King!

Send him victorious,

Happy and glorious,

Long to reign over us:

God save the King!

O Lord our God arise,

Scatter his enemies,

And make them fall:

Confound their politics,

Frustrate their knavish tricks,

On Thee our hopes we fix:

God save us all.

Thy choicest gifts in store,

On him be pleased to pour;

Long may he reign:

May he defend our laws,

And ever give us cause,

To sing with heart and voice,

God save the King!

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God Save The King is still used as a national anthem by some Commonwealth countries.

It's one of two official national anthems in New Zealand and is still used as the royal anthem in Australia, Canada, Jamaica and Tuvalu – although it is rarely played.

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