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God Save the Queen Help Opus Details
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"God Save the Queen" is Britain's national anthem, and has been so since the reign of King George II in 1745. In that year people sang "God Save Great George the King", but subsequent changes of monarch caused the words to become "God Save our Gracious King/Queen". It is almost certainly the oldest national anthem that has been in continuous and very regular use.
The composer is unknown, but it was arranged and published by Thomas Arne, the composer of "Rule Britannia". While many people have derided the tune, it must be liked all over the world, because it has been taken up in the USA - "My Country 'Tis of thee", and by Switzerland as their own national anthem. It inspired Haydn to write his "Emperor's Hymn" for his country, Austria (and that tune was, in turn, taken up by Germany for their anthem "Deutschland uber alles"). And Beethoven admired it, after his early republicanism and admiration for La Marsellaise, (the new anthem of France after the French Revolution in 1770) .was disillusioned by Napoleon's swing into autocracy.
The words are:-
God save our gracious Queen,
Long live our noble Queen!
God save the Queen!
Send her victorious,
Happy and glorious,
God save the Queen.
Category: Sacred Orchestra Traditional Period
Time Signature 3 /4 Key Signature   G Major Play MP3 using player below.

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