I did not know this bit of 9/11 history:
This morning I mentioned this memory from 9/11 and was shocked to hear so few people knew about it.
On 9/12 The Queen broke a 600 year-old royal tradition and requested the playing of “The Star-Spangled Banner.” A signal that we would not fight this evil alone. pic.twitter.com/pmxqSwNvTe
— Lyndsey Fifield (@lyndseyfifield) September 10, 2021
When the UK national anthem is played, The Queen stands as the public sings to her. She doesn’t sing a national anthem; she is The Queen. However, one occasion had such an impact, that Her Majesty broke with her tradition and sang the American national anthem, “The Star Spangled Banner.”
The occasion was the memorial service held at St Paul’s Cathedral for the victims of the 9/11 attacks in New York City, Washington D.C. and Pennsylvania. As she does not sing anthems, when “The Star Spangled Banner” was played in the cathedral, she joined in and was later seen wiping a tear from her eye.
That is an amazing show of solidarity between two nations over a tragedy that changed the course of world history.