National Anthem of United Kingdom (Lyrics, History)

"God Save the Queen" is the national anthem of the United Kingdom. The variant of this song is “God Save the King,” and the version that is used depends on who is on the throne. In addition to being the national anthem, it is also the royal anthem that is played in the presence of the monarch. The song was created by an unknown composer, although it has been attributed to John Bull. The anthem was first publicized in 1744, although the song may have been composed far before that time.

The anthem is used in other countries around the world, and there are variations of the lyrics. The variation used by the United Kingdom is the oldest version currently in use. There are three verses to the song, and typically just one or two are sung. The lyrics of this song pay homage to the queen (or the king when a male is ruler) and also touches on liberty, justice and unity.


God save our gracious Queen,
Long live our noble Queen,
God save the Queen!
Send her victorious,
Happy and glorious,
Long to reign over us,
God save the Queen!

O lord God arise,
Scatter our enemies,
And make them fall!
Confound their knavish tricks,
Confuse their politics,
On you our hopes we fix,
God save the Queen!

Not in this land alone,
But be God's mercies known,
From shore to shore!
Lord make the nations see,
That men should brothers be,
And form one family,
The wide world ov'er

From every latent foe,
From the assassin's blow,
God save the Queen!
O'er her thine arm extend,
For Britain's sake defend,
Our mother, prince, and friend,
God save the Queen!

Thy choicest gifts in store,
On her be pleased to pour,
Long may she reign!
May she defend our laws,
And ever give us cause,
To sing with heart and voice,
God save the Queen!