God Save The Queen

Album: God Save The Queen (1837)

Songfacts®:

  • "God Save The Queen" was first used as the National Anthem of Great Britain when Queen Victoria ascended to the throne in 1837; previously it had been "God Save The King".

    The anthem begins:
    "God Save our Gracious Queen
    Long Live our Noble Queen"

    Although it has the same melody as "God Save The King" with only the relevant minor alterations for gender, a fourth verse was added relating to parochial events, but this was soon abandoned. There were though various re-writes.

    In 1892, Sydney G.R. Coles re-wrote it as "God Save Our Empress Queen"; it was also rewritten by Canon F.K. Harford.
    Ten years earlier, H.H. Rajah Sir Sourindro Mohun Tagore had translated it into Sanskrit and Bengali; further translations were made into other languages of "the Queen's Empire."
  • The National Anthem has also been subjected to parody - which it could be argued amounts to sedition. It was parodied especially and most notoriously, by the Sex Pistols, whose version definitely does amount to sedition! >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Alexander Baron - London, England, for above 2
  • This was once the National Anthem of Australia, until 1984, when the Australian Government selected a famous piece of work from Peter McCormick, "Advance Australia Fair," which was written in 1879. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Annabelle - Eugene, OR

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