Originally Posted by Natalya
Unsurprising the UK national anthem is about the Queen (or King)
Such a short note for the world's oldest, most influential, and most important national anthem? Not only did God Save the Queen
predate all others (in use as a national anthem), but it was later adopted by innumerable countries, including Germany, Russia, Switzerland, and every Commonwealth Realm (historically, they number a few dozen). It is still the national anthem of Liechtenstein, the royal anthem of Norway, the tune to numerous other songs.
Besides Liechtenstein, the United Kingdom and New Zealand share God Save the Queen
. New Zealand also has another national anthem, God Defend New Zealand
. Despite the parity of the two NZ national anthems under law, God Defend New Zealand
is treated as the National Anthem to distinguish NZ from the UK.
The idea of the two countries sharing the National Anthem is absurd. It's made worse by three more small problems. First, the 14 other Commonwealth Realms don't consider God Save the Queen
to be their national anthem, but rather their Royal Anthems for their respective crowns. Second, some Scots and Welshmen think that it's the English
national anthem, as England (and Northern Ireland, plus the dependencies, etc) use it as their 'national anthem' for international football matches, etc. Third, God Save the Queen
doesn't refer to any geographic region or anything that defines which Queen, in which capacity, etc. As a result, there's no clarification of what it actually means.
Despite wanting as many ties as possible between the UK and NZ, and despite being a monarchist, I'd much rather have each Commonwealth Realm having its own, distinct, national anthem, with each also adopting God Save the Queen
as the Royal Anthem. After all, God Save the Queen
is supposed to be far more dignified than other national anthems, which would be an advantage, rather than a disadvantage, for a royal anthem. That way, God Save the Queen
's status would be properly enshrined, but its legitimacy as a representation of the Crown in right of New Zealand (or the Crown in right of Antigua and Barbuda, etc) would not be undermined by its use by the United Kingdom as the National Anthem.
As a result, Rule, Britannia
should become the National Anthem of the United Kingdom, whilst God Save the Queen
should become the Royal Anthem of the Commonwealth Realms, including both the United Kingdom and New Zealand.