Onlookers at the Queen’s funeral were taken aback by the second verse of the national anthem, sung at the end of the service.
Millions watch Queen Elizabeth II’s burial from home, and even the least patriotic Brits know the first verse of the national anthem; however, the rendition of the second verse became news to many viewers:
We really need a national boost to get people to learn the second verse of the national anthem
— Calgie (@christiancalgie) September 19, 2022
Millions of ‘patriotic’ Britons surprised to learn the national anthem has a second verse there #queensfuneral
— Matthew (@officiallythew) September 19, 2022
If you feel like singing with you next time – should the opportunity ever arise – then the lyrics of the second verse are: “Your most precious gifts in store / On him, be glad to pour / Long may t may he reign / May he defend our laws / And always give us cause / To sing with heart and voice / God save the king.”
King Charles looked very moved during the singing of the national anthem at Westminster Abbey. He remained silent during the song, while his siblings and members of the royal family sang.
Meanwhile, in Whitehall and Parliament Square, the funeral service moved some to tears.
As a crowd of thousands listened to the funeral, proceedings from Westminster Abbey relayed from loudspeakers above the street, some sang quietly along with the hymns.
As the funeral service began, the crowds around Parliament Square began to drift – some for a well-deserved seat, others for a quick sandwich or a bite to eat.
But slowly many retreated to Whitehall and the best vantage points in Parliament Square to await the Queen’s final coffin procession through London and onwards to Windsor.
When the time came for the two-minute silence, not a sound could be heard along the length of Whitehall, as many in the crowd nodded or closed their eyes.
Even when the two minutes passed, many remained quiet and silent. It wasn’t until the moment came moments later to sing the national anthem that the crowd woke up, applause erupting the length of Whitehall at the end.
The Queen’s coffin, followed by the King, Prince of Wales, Duke of Sussex, Duke of York and the Princess Royal, began its procession to Wellington Arch after being placed back on the State Gun Carriage.
The road is lined with the armed forces from Westminster Abbey to the top of Constitution Hill at the Commonwealth Memorial Gates.
Constables from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police lead the procession, followed immediately by representatives of the George Cross Foundations of Malta, the former Ulster Royal Constabulary and four NHS representatives.