With the death of Queen Elizabeth II, the text of the UK national anthem will change. The song “God Save the Queen” will be changed to “God Save the King” because the Queen’s eldest son, Charles, will take the throne.
All the words in the song will remain the same, except that the words “queen” will be replaced with “king” and the words “she” and “her” will be replaced with “he” and “his”.
Queen Elizabeth died on September 8 at the age of 96. She was the oldest ruling monarch in the world with a term of office of 70 years.
In a statement sent to Insider, Buckingham Palace said the Queen died peacefully at Balmoral on Thursday afternoon. “The King and Queen of the Consort will return to London on Friday,” the statement added.
In a separate statement King Charles III – as he will now be called – stated it the moment of greatest sorrow for him and all members of his family.
“God Save the King” is the original title of the anthem. It was written in 1745 and became known as the national anthem of Great Britain in the early 19th century.
The Queen took the throne in 1952. At that time, the text of the anthem was “God Save the King”, in honor of King George VI.
Author: Kelly McLaughlin
Translated by Mateusz Albin