11 September 2022

BMS Features in SWLondoner: How the Queen honoured the victims of 9/11


The SW Londoner has featured the BMS and its Founder in an article exploring how Her Majesty led British acts of solidarity with the United States during the tragic days following 9/11.

On the 13th September 2001, the Queen unprecedentedly directed her Coldstream Guards to play The Star Spangled Banner, the national anthem of the US, during the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace as a tribute to the thousands who had lost their lives in the atrocity just days before.

This was the first time in history that the Guards had played a national anthem other than God Save the Queen. For Royal Historian and founder of the British Monarchist Society, Thomas Mace-Archer-Mills, this typified the Queen’s deeply empathetic character. “She was not just performing a simple duty.” Mace-Archer-Mills said. “She was a deeply caring person, and realised that the country needed to honour those people who were lost”.

Mace-Archer-Mills said, “What we saw at St. Paul’s was truly extraordinary”. “The Queen never sang national anthems, not even her own, but he she broke rank and sang the Star Spangled Banner”, explained Mace-Archer-Mills. “You could even see her give her eye a little wipe”.