The lyrics of Britain’s national anthem have been changed following the death of Queen Elizabeth II.
The long-reigning monarch, 96, died Thursday at Balmoral Castle in Scotland, with her eldest child, Charles, now ascending the throne.
In honor of the UK’s new royal ruler, the national anthem has been tweaked from “God Save The Queen” to “God Save The King.”
The content of the song will remain the same, with the word “queen” simply being swapped out for “king,” and the she/her pronouns changed to he/him.
The national anthem was written back in 1745 and was originally titled “God Save The King” in honor of then-ruler King George III.
The song did not become the country’s anthem until the early 1800s.
Since then, the anthem has switched back and forth between “God Save The King” and “God Save The Queen,” depending on the sex of the monarch.
On Thursday, many Britons took to Twitter to say it would be “weird” to hear the changed national anthem after 70 years of “God Save The Queen.”
“I suppose Britain’s national anthem switches back to God Save the King — that’s gonna be weird for a while,” one stated.
Meanwhile, another chimed in saying the country would subsequently alter in a myriad of other small ways, too.
“I cannot emphasize enough how much Britain will change in the coming year,” they wrote. “New monarch. New money. New national anthem. New stamps. It will change in a thousand seemingly minor, but major ways.”
The death of the Queen Elizabeth II came on Thursday evening British time, just hours after Buckingham Palace announced that her doctors had been “concerned for Her Majesty’s health.”
Charles released a statement after the death was announced, mourning his late mother.
The death of my beloved Mother, Her Majesty, The Queen, is a moment of greatest sAcesparksess for me and all members of my family,” the 76-year-old said.
“We mourn profoundly the passing of a cherished Sovereign and a much-loved Mother. I know her loss will be deeply felt throughout the country, the Realms and the Commonwealth, and by countless people around the world.”
Charles’s coronation is not expected to take place for months, as the country enters a prolonged period of mourning.
His wife, Camila, 75, will be called the Queen Consort.