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PrincessofEurope 03-30-2009 10:23 AM

Al Murray in his Pub landlord show does a piece about how great God save the Queen is compared to other national anthems - you can find it on you tube under Al Murray national anthems as i wont post it directly here because it could be taken as quite offensive and rude to other nations (and i would probably get banned so if you want to hear it look it up) - im not a fan of Al Murray as i dont find him that funny

RoyalProtocol 03-30-2009 05:22 PM

Signoff from the 1940s

YouTube - GOD SAVE THE KING. Programme sign-off, British Empire

RoyalProtocol 03-30-2009 05:23 PM

The National Anthem (Both verses) in a lovely setting at Charles and Diana's Wedding in 1981
YouTube - One of the Best Versions of National Anthem

RoyalProtocol 03-30-2009 05:24 PM

The Norwegian Royal Anthem

YouTube - Royal and National anthems of Norway, Royal Palace, May 17th

RoyalProtocol 03-30-2009 05:27 PM

Dame Juile Andres sings God Save The King

YouTube - 12-year old Julie Andrews sings national anthem

RoyalProtocol 03-30-2009 05:31 PM

The Christmas Broadcast 2008 begins with The National Anthem

YouTube - The Queen s Christmas Speech 2008

RoyalProtocol 03-31-2009 04:39 PM

The Royal Variety Performance

YouTube - National Anthem - 2004 Royal Variety Show (with Girls Aloud)

RoyalProtocol 03-31-2009 04:41 PM

The Cenotaph watch from 2.20

YouTube - Remembrance Sunday - God save the Queen

RoyalProtocol 03-31-2009 04:42 PM

Watch from 2.45 here at the festival of remembrance

YouTube - Service, Benediction, National Anthem - Festival of Remembrance 2008

Here is the first anthem at the festival

RoyalProtocol 03-31-2009 04:50 PM

God Save The Queen and God Defend New Zealand YouTube - Hayley Westenra sings national anthem NZ Memorial Dedication

RoyalProtocol 03-31-2009 04:57 PM

Canadian TV Signoff
YouTube - CFTO Toronto sign-off 1984

RoyalProtocol 03-31-2009 05:02 PM

Another Canadian Signoff with a lovely sequence of Her Majesty in Canada in th early 1980s (towards the end of the video)

YouTube - CFTO-TV Ch.9 Toronto ON Signoff from 1991

PrincessofEurope 03-31-2009 05:50 PM

YouTube - God Save The Queen (Live at Wembley 1986) [Queen] Queen 1986

YouTube - god save the queen Brian May 2002 Party at the Palace

RoyalProtocol 03-31-2009 06:01 PM

Brian May's unconventional Anthem is great, though hard to sing along with! It was great to see him live on the roof of BP was wonderful!

PrincessofEurope 03-31-2009 06:02 PM

some of the best singing happens at the last night of the proms
YouTube - God Save the Queen. Concluding BBC Proms 2008 at the Royal Albert Hall.

a bit of a random one - an F1 car's engine doing God save the queen (from about 0.20)
YouTube - Renault R25 Formula One singing engine

possibly the worst version i have ever heard of an artist singing the national anthem - Joss Stone tries to do a soul version and it is dire
YouTube - Joss Stone - The National Anthem

PrincessofEurope 03-31-2009 06:05 PM

Nice collection of pictures of the royal family with this version
(RP this would be a good addition to your royal talk for the end of the evening if you had speakers)
YouTube - God Save The Queen, Rule Britannia and Land of hope and glory.

RoyalProtocol 03-31-2009 06:05 PM

The Proms always has a great a rendition of The National Anthem, though in Belfast they leave the coverage at prom in the park before the Anthem so as not to "offend".

Joss Stone- never try and do a soul version it's quite pathetic and frankly an affront!

RoyalProtocol 03-31-2009 06:09 PM


Originally Posted by PrincessofEurope (Post 916175)
Nice collection of pictures of the royal family with this version
(RP this would be a good addition to your royal talk for the end of the evening if you had speakers)

Great Pictures, It would be a good addition but they might be a bit shocked and I wouldn't want to upstage their Countrywomans Song:rofl:

PrincessofEurope 03-31-2009 06:34 PM

Diana's funeral - starts from about 5mins
YouTube - Princess Diana's Funeral Part 13: The Service Begins

Queen Mother's funeral - starts from 5.25
YouTube - The Queen Mother's State Funeral (8 of 10)

BBC1 announces Queen Mother's death
YouTube - bbc news 2002

iowabelle 04-02-2009 05:30 PM

I have to admit The Star Spangled Banner is not a great national anthem IMO. First, too hard to sing (that's what you get from borrowing a song from another country!). And the lyrics are less inspirational than other patriotic songs we have (America the Beautiful is gorgeous IMO). Although, if you're using my Get Fuzzy Standard, it does talk about bombs.

Back in the dark ages when I lived in Canada, I remember singing it every day with O Canada. But Americans don't seem to sing ours very often, except for sporting events, and I bet most of us don't know the words...

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