Published on: Mar 3, 2016
Transcripts - National Anthems
God save the queen. National anthemHistoryUse in BritainStandard lyrics in the U.K.Other British anthems
HistoryThe first published version of what is almost the present tune appeared in 1744 in Thesaurus Musicus. It was popularised in Scotland and England the following year, with the landing of Charles Edward Stuart and was published in The Gentlemans Magazine.This manuscript is clearly a strong relative of the The Gentlemans Magazine contemporary anthem.
Use in Britain"G. S. the Q." is the national anthem of the U.K. of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. Like many aspects of British constitutional life, its official status derives from custom and use, not from Royal Proclamation or Act of Parliament.In general only one or two verses are sung, but on rare occasions three.The variation in Britain of the lyrics is the oldest amongst those currently used, and forms the basis on which all other versions used throughout the Commonwealth are formed.
Standard lyrics in the U.K.God save our O Lord, our Thy choicest gracious God, arise, gifts in store, Queen, Scatter her On her beLong live our enemies, pleased to noble Queen, And make them pour;God save the fall. Long may she Queen: Confound their reign:Send her politics, May she defend victorious, Frustrate their our laws,Happy and knavish And ever give glorious, tricks, God Save the Queen us cause
Other British anthemsEngland generally use "God Save the Queen", but "Jerusalem", "Rule, Britannia!" and "Land of Hope and Glory" have also been used.Scotland use "Flower of Scotland" as their anthem for most sporting occasions.Wales use Hen Wlad Fy Nhadau ("Land of My Fathers") for governmental ceremonies and sporting occasions.Northern Ireland also use "Londonderry Air" as its victory anthem at the Commonwealth Games.