Senior Herald FORGOT to say 'God Save the King' at Queen's committal

Fluffed his lines! ‘Frazzled’ senior Herald FORGOT to say ‘God Save the King’ while reading out proclamations at Queen’s committal

  • Garter King of Arms David Vines White read proclamations at Queen’s Committal
  • Forgot to say “God Save the King” despite words being on the order of service 
  • Source in the Royal Household said they are ‘very annoyed’ at him for mistake 
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Reading out the proclamations in the final stages of the Queen’s Committal was a career-defining moment for the Garter King of Arms – yet all did not go as smoothly as hoped.

The most senior Herald, David Vines White, forgot to say the crucial words ‘God Save the King’ at the end of the ceremony at St George’s Chapel in Windsor last week.

And in an unfortunate twist, the words were written out on the order of service, which was distributed throughout the chapel and published online.

Garter King of Arms David Vines White (pictured) forgot to say the crucial words ‘God Save the King’ at the end of the ceremony at St George’s Chapel in Windsor last week

Thankfully King Charles, though always keen on details, did not make a fuss. 

A source in the Royal Household said: ‘Right at the end he was meant to shout “God Save the King”, and all those in the congregation would have done it too. It’s not particularly hard to read from a script. They’re very annoyed at him.’

But historian Hugo Vickers leapt to his defence, saying: ‘I imagine the poor man was frazzled. It’s a bit like the poor King with his pen. Cut him a bit of slack, I think.’

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