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The British national anthem, “God Save the Queen,” has a long and rich history. While the lyrics are well-known, the original composer of the anthem remains unknown. It is believed to have been based on an earlier work or possibly a traditional melody.

“God Save the Queen” was officially adopted as the British national anthem in September 1745 during the reign of King George II. Over time, it became the de facto anthem for the entire United Kingdom, including England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland. The lyrics have been modified to reflect the reigning monarch, such as “God Save the King” during the reign of a male sovereign.

The anthem consists of several verses, but typically only the first verse and the last three lines of the final verse are performed on most occasions. The lyrics express loyalty and prayers for the well-being and longevity of the monarch, as well as aspirations for national unity and the welfare of the British people.

It’s worth noting that the second verse of the anthem, which is less commonly sung, includes lines advocating for God’s intervention against the nation’s enemies and a call for unity among all people.

“God Save the Queen” remains an important symbol of British national identity and is often performed at significant national and royal events, including coronations, state visits, and sporting events involving British athletes.

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