God Save the Queen

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Independent states
 ·  New Zealand
 ·  United Kingdom
 ·  Antigua and Barbuda (royal)
 ·  Australia (royal)
 ·  Bahamas (royal)
 ·  Barbados (royal)
 ·  Belize (royal)
 ·  Canada (royal)
 ·  Grenada (royal)
 ·  Jamaica (royal)
 ·  Saint Kitts and Nevis (royal)
 ·  Tuvalu (royal)
British Crown dependencies
 ·  Guernsey
 ·  Jersey

"God Save the Queen" (alternatively "God Save the King") is an anthem used in a number of Commonwealth realms and British Crown Dependencies. It is the sole national anthem of the United Kingdom and some of its territories; one of the two national anthems of New Zealand (since 1977) and those of Britain's territories that have their own additional local anthem; and the royal anthem of Australia (since 1984), Canada (since 1980[1]), Jamaica, and Tuvalu, as well as Gibraltar and the Isle of Man.[2] In countries not previously part of the British Empire, the tune of "God Save the Queen" has also been used as the basis for different patriotic songs, though still generally connected with royal ceremony. The authorship of the song is unknown, and beyond its first verse, which is consistent, it has many historic and extant versions: Since its first publication, different verses have been added and taken away and, even today, different publications include various selections of verses in various orders.[3] In general only one, or sometimes two verses are sung, but on rare occasions three.[4]

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