Anthem Words Change To ‘God Save The King’

September 8, 2022

King Charles III ascended to the throne after the death of his mother Queen Elizabeth II today [Sept 8], so the words of the national anthem will be altered to ‘God Save The King’.

As a British Overseas Territory, ‘God Save The King’, previously, ‘God Save The Queen’, is also the official national anthem for Bermuda and is generally played before many international sporting events our teams compete in and when our athletes win gold medals, although at some smaller events, ‘Hail to Bermuda’ is sometimes used.

The overall words of the national anthem have remained the same since the 18th century, changing ‘King’ and ‘Queen’ and gender pronouns when needed.

For most people, this will be the first time they hear or sing the ‘God Save The King’ version of the anthem as it has not been used in 70 years, since the reign of the Queen’s father, King George VI, who died in 1952.

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