'God Save The King' full lyrics

by 24britishtvSept. 19, 2022, 8:20 p.m. 18
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Today marked the Queen's funeral following 70 years on the throne. Thousands of people lined the streets of London to get a glimpse of her coffin for the final time whilst world leaders gathered in Westminster Abbey for the service.

Carefully chosen hymns were sung as part of the state funeral including a moving rendition of the National Anthem which was sung by the choir and attendees. However whilst being broadcast on TV, many were left puzzled after they sung a second verse.

We've all now come to terms with the obvious change in lyrics from Queen to King, but people have been left wondering what exactly the lyrics are to the little-known second verse. Mourners gathered at the funeral were required to sing the entire song, reports Nottinghamshire Live.

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Here are those lyrics in full.

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.

Thy choicest gifts in store

On him be pleased to pour,

Long may he reign.

May he defend our laws,

And ever give us cause,

To sing with heart and voice,

God save the King.

According to the Royal family's official website, the anthem in its present form dates back to the eighteenth century. The words and tune are anonymous, and may date back to the seventeenth century.

The words are a matter of tradition, meaning there is no authorised version as such. The words used today are those sung in 1745, and only the first verse is usually sung.

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