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Will The National Anthem Change When The Queen Dies?

Gabriella Ferlita

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Will The National Anthem Change When The Queen Dies?

Queen Elizabeth II will soon be celebrating her Platinum Jubilee, as UK residents will get to enjoy a four-day weekend to mark the occasion in June. 

The monarch has recently offered her official approval and “sincere wish” for Camilla Parker Bowles to transition from Duchess of Cornwall to Queen Consort when Charles becomes king.

The decision has recently divided fans of the Royal Family, but what will happen to the national anthem when the Queen dies?

Here’s all the info you need to know about the national anthem changing. 

Will the National Anthem change when the Queen dies?

In short, yes, the national anthem will change when the Queen dies. 

When that fateful day arrives and the Prince of Wales eventually takes the throne, the British and Commonwealth anthem’s lyrics will indeed change to reflect the male monarch. 

When that fateful day arrives and the Prince of Wales eventually takes the throne, the British and Commonwealth anthem’s lyrics will indeed change to reflect the male monarch (Hugo Burnand-Pool/Getty Images).
When that fateful day arrives and the Prince of Wales eventually takes the throne, the British and Commonwealth anthem’s lyrics will indeed change to reflect the male monarch (Hugo Burnand-Pool/Getty Images).

The anthem will instead state “King” instead of “Queen”, but the content and tune will still remain the same. 

What will the Lyrics for God Save Our King be?

God save our gracious King!

Long live our noble King!

God save the King!

Send him victorious,

Happy and glorious,

Long to reign over us,

God save the King.

This particular version of the anthem has not been heard since 1952 when Queen Elizabeth Elizabeth II’s father George George VI died and she took to the throne.

At the time of writing, it is not known who composed and wrote the lyrics to the national anthem. 

The song was, however, adopted as our anthem in September 1745, during the reign of George II (1727 – 1760).

Featured Image Credit: PA Wire via Reuters

Topics: The Queen, Prince Charles, Royal Family, Music

Gabriella Ferlita
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