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God save the Queen
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Surprisingly, the United Kingdom's anthem God Save the Queen is one a lot of people struggle with.

Most of us can just about cope with the first verse.

But when the music starts for the second verse - you're in all sorts of trouble.

Now you can make sure you're word perfect next time.

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.

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.

While God Save the Queen is the official anthem, an old American spiritual song has somehow become the trademark tune of English rugby.

Swing Low Sweet Chariot has a simple, easy-to-follow tune and repetitive lyrics.

This made it a popular part of many teams' post match repertoire.

And now it's a big hit on the terraces too.

Swing Low Sweet Chariot

Swing low, sweet chariot,
Coming for to carry me home,
Swing low, sweet chariot,
Coming for to carry me home.

I looked over Jordan, and what did I see?
Coming for to carry me home,
A band of angels coming after me,
Coming for to carry me home.

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God Save the Queen
Hen Wlad fy Nhadau
Flower of Scotland
Ireland's call
La Marseillaise
Inno di Mameli

God save the Queen facts
First performed in London in 1745

Was originally called God save the King

Over 140 composers including Beethoven have used the tune in their compositions

It was the official national anthem of Australia between 1788-1974

The Queen is believed to have heard it over 20,000 times since her Coronation in 1952

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