Daniel Radcliffe was initially considered to sing lead vocals on Queen Elizabeth II's Diamond Jubilee anthem, but was later ruled out because of his anti-monarchy stance.
Take That star Gary Barlow and theatre mogul Andrew Lloyd Webber put together a track called Sing to mark anniversary of the British monarch's 60-year reign, which has been celebrated in events across the U.K. over the last few days.
The songwriters had wanted to secure a lead performer to tackle the main vocals and they hoped to give the job to Harry Potter star Radcliffe, who has proved his musical credentials in Broadway musical How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying.
However, they were forced to reconsider when they discovered Radcliffe is not a fan of Britain's royal family.
Lloyd Webber tells Britain's Daily Telegraph, "Initially, we thought we needed a principal performer. Then I had a bright idea. In fact, I thought it was corker. Daniel Radcliffe. I had seen him perform sensationally in last year's Tony Awards (for which, disgracefully, he was not nominated). Gary agreed. Who better than a young Brit, known throughout the world as Harry Potter, to sing on such an occasion? The problem was that Daniel is anti-monarchy and has given interviews to this effect, so we decided that it was probably not a path we should pursue."
Sing features on a collaborative record of the same name which topped the U.K. album charts over the four-day Diamond Jubilee public holiday (02-05Jun12).