Can King Charles sing the National Anthem?

MILLIONS will sing the national anthem on Saturday May 6th when King Charles III’s coronation takes place. is celebrated.

The king did not sing a national anthem during the funeral service for his late mother, Queen Elizabeth II, leading some to question whether he is capable of doing so.

King Charles III during the Queen's funeral service


King Charles III during the Queen’s funeral servicePhoto credit: Reuters

Can King Charles sing the national anthem?

During the Queen’s funeral service on September 19, 2022, members of the royal family including Prince William, Prince Harry and their wives Kate Middleton, Princess of Wales and Meghan Markle sang along with the national anthem in an emotional moment.

King Charles III however, was silent.

This is because the anthem is usually sung for the reigning monarch and it would be inappropriate for him to join in.

It is therefore unlikely that the king will also sing the hymn at his coronation service.

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The national anthem in its current form dates from the 18th century.

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

Did the Queen sing the national anthem?

Although Queen Elizabeth II did not sing the national anthem, she would respect the singing.

As heir to the throne, the then Prince Charles always sang the anthem for his mother.

However, at the coronation of King Charles, the monarch will remain seated once the crown has been placed on his head, so the national anthem will be sung while he is seated on the occasion.

What are the lyrics of the national anthem?

The lyrics of the British 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,
Rule over us long:
God save the king!

O Lord our God arise,
scatter his enemies,
And drop them:
confuse their politics,
Foil their rogue tricks,
We place our hopes in you:
God protect us all.

Your finest gifts in the store,
pour on him gladly;
May he reign long:
may he defend our laws,
And always give us reason
to sing with heart and voice,
God save the king!

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

It is 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.

Edmuns DeMars

Edmund DeMarche is a USTimesPost U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Edmund DeMarche joined USTimesPost in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing

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