Queen Elizabeth II paid tribute to 9/11 victims days after attacks

Two days following the Sept. 11 attacks in 2001, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II ordered the daily ceremonial parade to break a 600-year tradition to show solidarity with America in its time of great loss.

Behind the gates of Buckingham Palace, for the first and only time in United Kingdom history, at the request of the Queen, the Coldstream guards were ordered to play The Star-Spangled Banner.

Over 3,000 people watched the 45-minute ceremony at Buckingham Palace, including hundreds of Americans who were overseas during the attacks.

For hundreds of years, the Bands of the Household Division had only played a mix of traditional British songs of nationalism.

The only other time that foreign national anthems are played is when foreign dignitaries come to Buckingham Palace for state visits.

The Queen had also attended a ceremony honoring the lives lost during the Sept. 11 attacks at St Paul’s Cathedral, where the Star-Spangled Banner was once again played.

Queen Elizabeth II paid tribute to 9/11 victims days after attacks
Thousands of people line the gates of Buckingham Palace on Sept. 13, 2001, observing a two minute moment of silence during the changing of the guard ceremony in honor of the victims of the Sept. 11 attacks.
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The Queen at ground zero.
Queen Elizabeth arrives at ground zero to dedicate a wreath of flowers in remembrance of the victims of the attacks on September 11, 2001, on July 6, 2010, in New York City.
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The Queen then reportedly had teary eyes while singing along.

In 2010, on her first visit to New York City since 1976, she visited the World Trade site and toured the memorial as it was being finished.

Queen Elizabeth II died on Sept. 7, 2022, at the age of 96. She was Queen for 70 years at the time of her death.

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