What does the statement God Save the Queen mean?

What does the statement God Save the Queen mean? (UK, Australia, Canada, New Zealand) An expression of one’s patriotism and hope for the long life of the monarch, especially in her presence. (UK) A formal statement at the end of many proclamations issued by the UK’s queen or in her name.

Where did the phrase God Save the Queen come from? The author of the tune is unknown and it may originate in plainchant, but an attribution to the composer John Bull is sometimes made. Publication of an early version in The Gentleman’s Magazine, October 1745. The title, on the contents page, is given as “God save our lord the king: A new song set for two voices”.

Who wrote God Save the Queen anthem? 

Henry Carey
God Save the Queen / Lyricist

Henry Carey was an English poet, dramatist and songwriter. He is remembered as an anti-Walpolean satirist and also as a patriot. Several of his melodies continue to be sung today, and he was widely praised in the generation after his death.

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