Queen Elizabeth II paid tribute to the victims of September 11, 2001 days after the attacks

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

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

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

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

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

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

People outside Buckingham Palace
Thousands of people line the gates of Buckingham Palace on September 13, 2001 and observe a two-minute silence during the changing of the guard honoring the victims of the September 11 attacks.
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The Queen at Ground Zero.
Queen Elizabeth arrives at Ground Zero to dedicate a wreath of flowers to commemorate the victims of the September 11, 2001 attacks July 6, 2010 in New York City.
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The Queen was then reportedly in tears as she sang along.

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

Queen Elizabeth II died on September 7, 2022 at the age of 96. At the time of her death, she had been queen for 70 years.

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