KATHERINE Jenkins shed a tear today recalling the first time she sang the national anthem following the Queen's death.
The classical singer was given the honour of singing the first recording of God Save The King while rehearsing for a performance for Songs of Praise.
She was asked by the BBC if she would be willing to sing the new anthem to play on Radio 4 a few hours later.
As Katherine discussed the national anthem changing to 'God save our gracious King' her voice broke and she became visibly consumed by the emotion of the memory on air.
Katherine shared: "It was in a little church in Sussex. To sing it for the first time with the new words, was an emotional moment."
Presenter Phillip Schofield remarked in wonder: "You saw that you were getting emotional just now.
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"There's nothing like emotion to break a voice, how do you centre yourself?"
The star, who performed at the Queen’s 90th and at her Platinum Jubilee, said a silent prayer before “singing from the heart”.
Katherine replied "I think it was actually useful to have that moment of silence and reflection and to say a little prayer for help.
"But in those national moments you have to have a sense of dealing with your emotion prior to it so that you can do your best for everyone."
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Katherine had performed for the Queen at her Diamond Jubilee, Platinum Jubilee, Festivals of Remembrance, and in the gardens at Buckingham Palace for the Coronation concerts.
She said: "I was such a massive fan, hugely inspired by her and her work and her faith. [I have] some incredible memories of getting to sing the national anthem for her."
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