Wearing black armbands, test cricketers from England and South Africa held a minute’s silence before a bell was rung once by a senior member of the military in the Oval.
In west London, golfers from around the world paused their rounds and other pros, officials and caddies gathered on the putting green in front of Wentworth’s first tee to observe a two-minute period of silence, which was also immaculate. was taken into account.
There were moving and respectful tributes to Queen Elizabeth II on Saturday as sport resumed in Britain after a nationwide shutdown on Friday as a mark of respect for the over 70-year-old monarch who died on Thursday at the age of 96.
In the United States, a queen-bred horse won a race at Baltimore’s Pimlico.
Professional and grassroots football – including the Premier League – decided to cancel all matches this weekend to give participants a chance to mourn the Queen’s passing.
However, international cricket and golf returned, as did England’s domestic rugby, on the advice of the government which stated that sports organizations were under no obligation to cancel or reschedule events during the country’s mourning period.
The 10 minutes before the start of play in the third and decisive cricket test between England and South Africa was all about paying tribute to the Queen.
Soldiers marched onto the playing field of the Oval in South London to form a guard of honour, which the teams passed through and stood on either side of the wicket.
After the minute of silence and the ringing of one bell, the anthems of both South Africa and England were sung by English soprano Laura Wright. After seven decades of the English national anthem “God Save the Queen”, it was now an emotionally charged rendition of “God Save the King” rippling across the floor. Hours earlier Saturday, King Charles III was officially announced as Britain’s monarch in a ceremony, having automatically become king following the death of his mother.
There was a standing ovation as Wright left the field and the players warmed up before the start of Day 3 game of the Test.
The BMW PGA Championship, the flagship of the European tour, was halted near the end of the first round on Thursday following the announcement of the Queen’s death – there were still 30 players on the course – and no games were played on Friday.
Play resumed at 6:40 a.m. local time on Saturday and the tournament was reduced to 54 holes.
King Charles III’s proclamation was shown on the television screens in the Championship Village after the two-minute silence at 9.50am.
The chief executive of the European tour, Keith Pelley, said he spoke to England and Wales Cricket Board officials on Friday. He said they agreed that “bringing people together at this particular moment, because they both had the honor and respect for Friday’s cancellation day, was the right decision.”
“I’ve heard of so many players wanting to honor Her Majesty,” Pelley said, “and felt that playing was the right way to do it.”
English Premiership rugby matches scheduled for Friday were postponed but took place on Saturday and Sunday.
Football’s decision to cancel matches has proved divisive, with some feeling that the match – and its many fans – missed an opportunity to honor the Queen as other sports have done.
“I know it’s just a game and some things are much bigger,” tweeted former Premier League player Peter Crouch, “but imagine if all our games went on this weekend. Black armbands, silences observed, national anthem, Royal band playing etc for millions of people around the world watching?
“Isn’t that a better goodbye?”
Matches in the Premier League, English Football League and the Women’s Super League have been cancelled, as have all matches at all levels in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.
The fight for the world middleweight title between Savannah Marshall and Claressa Shields, scheduled for Saturday at the O2 Arena in London, has also been called off by the British Boxing Board of Control.
Horse racing – the Queen’s favorite sport – resumes on Sunday, when the St. Leger classic takes place in Doncaster.
The sport said on Saturday it will cancel all events on September 19, the day of the Queen’s funeral.
A queen-bred horse won in Pimlico and rallied from sixth place to take a half win in Baltimore, Maryland. West Newton, a 6-year-old gelding, ran 1 1/8 miles on grass in 1:52.12 in the $36,000 race. The gelding was ridden by Forest Boyce and trained by Richard Hendriks.
West Newton is out of the Queen’s Prize mare, also bred by the late monarch. West Newton paid $16.20 to win on a $2 bet. The gelding started his career in England.
The government had advised British sports organizations to “cancel or postpone events or close venues on the day of the state funeral”.
There will be no Premier League matches that day, with matches taking place over the previous three days.
AP Racing writer Beth Harris contributed to this report.
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