Katherine Jenkins to sing Welsh anthem at Wembley

Last updated : 29 April 2008 By Michael Morris
An estimated 480 - 500m people will tune in to watch the Final at Wembley where Cardiff City take on Portsmouth.

There has been some debate in the past couple of weeks about the possibility of the anthem being played with Welsh Sports Minister Rhodri Glyn Thomas calling for it to be performed as well as God Save The Queen.

"I hope the FA are going to be sensible about things because there will be great disappointment in Wales if we're not permitted to sing the national anthem," he said on April 16th.

Cardiff City responded with a very diplomatic statement from Peter Ridsdale who said

"The FA Cup final is played under the auspices of the Football Association. We are proud and privileged to be there at Wembley and we will follow the protocol of the occasion, as teams do at every cup final. We will not be making any representations to the FA. Anything they deem is appropriate at the FA Cup final is under their jurisdiction."

Well the FA last weekend decided that both anthems would be played and it was reveal this week that Welsh singer Katherine Jenkins will lead the singing of Hen Wlad Fy Nhadau.

She said: "It's a fantastic honour for me to sing our national anthem anywhere in the world, but to sing at an FA Cup final at Wembley is going to be something really special.

"Who will I support? Who will all right-minded and passionate Welsh sports fans across our country support that day?"