Fans left baffled after thinking they heard famous football anthem during the King’s Coronation

FOOTBALL fans left utterly bewildered after being blown away at King Charles III’s coronation. had heard the “Champions League Anthem”.

Entitled Zadok The Priest, the piece of music was sung by the Westminster Abbey choir while the anointing screen was moved to protect the king during the coronation.

Zadok The Priest was sung during the coronation of King Charles III


Zadok The Priest was sung during the coronation of King Charles IIICredit: AP

However, many football fans quickly noticed that it sounded exactly like the legendary Champions League anthem.

One person tweeted: “I thought they were playing the Champions League anthem back then.”

To which another replied: “They are. Same piece of music!”

Another person wrote: “That sounds like the Champions League anthem.”

While a third added: “Sorry but are they playing the CHAMPIONS LEAGUE music at the coronation?”

One person wrote: “Aye that’s the Champions League theme.”

And another joked: “Who knew he was a Champions League fan?!”

Zadok The Priest was composed by George Frideric Handel for the coronation of King George II in 1727.

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It has since been traditionally performed during the anointing of the sovereign at the coronation of every British monarch, including the coronation of the late Queen Elizabeth II which took place in 1953.

When the Champions League was renamed in 1992, English composer Tony Britten adapted the famous anthem to create the tune that is now traditionally played ahead of big European nights.

Zack Zwiezen

Zack Zwiezen 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. Zack Zwiezen 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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