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National anthem of the United Kingdom

The lyrics of the National Anthem of the United Kingdom

God Save the Queen

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!

One realm of races four
Blest more and ever more
God save our land!
Home of the brave and free
Set in the silver sea
True nurse of chivalry
God save our land!

Of many a race and birth
From utmost ends of earth
God save us all!
Bid strife and hatred cease
Bid hope and joy increase
Spread universal peace
God save us all!

The National Anthem of the United Kingdom was written and composed by an unknown author and composer.

The motto of the United Kingdom: God and my right.

3 thoughts on “National anthem of the United Kingdom”

  1. I don’t know where you got these words from. The first verse is correct about ‘God Save Our Gracious Queen…’
    Yet the other two verses I have never read or heard before, in the whole of my 53 year life as a British Citizen, and frequent singing of it. They may respect some of the feelings of those within our nation who wants to disband the Monarchy, & become a republic, but the traditional, yet the less well known by many British 3rd verse, which is sometimes used is:
    ‘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.’
    The motto is a correct translation that is usually used as ‘Dieu et mon droit’ – ‘God and my right’.
    ‘Long live our noble Queen’ and long may our National Anthem remain un-altered.

    1. The official royal website agrees; ‘There is no authorised version of the National Anthem as the words are a matter of tradition. Additional verses have been added down the years, but these are rarely used. The words used today are those sung in 1745.’ (
      Possibly you have come across some of those rarely used additional verses. However it would be respectful if the better known original words of 1745 were published on this website, please.
      Thank you.

      1. Hello Paul,

        It is always a pleasure for National Anthem to receive feedback in order to improve the content of the website.

        You were absolutely right.
        The lyrics came from an old version called Official peace version.
        Thanks to you, we have corrected this mistake.

        From now on, the standard version has been put in place.

        Best regards.

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