Earlier this week I was watching the television show ‘Pointless’.

In this episode, for some reason all of the contestants were under 25ish.

The following question came up:

“Which word from the first two verses of the National Anthem would score the lowest?”

The first contestant admitted to  picking a word at random,  and ironically it was right.

The rest of the contestants all picked words from the first verse only, and none of them seemed to know that there is more than the football chant to the National Anthem.. Some of them didn’t even seem to know the first verse, let alone any others!

Even one of the presenters confused the second and third verses.(Guess which one!)

Not that many years ago, all schools would teach all pupils the National Anthem. They would also be taught at Cubs, Scouts, Brownies and Girl Guides meetings. Why don’t they now? I know we live in a mixed race community, but the National Anthem overrides race, colour  and religion, and should be a unifying factor for us all.

Does it have to be left to sports events and Royal visits before anyone even hears the National Anthem?


Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

Just to make sure that you know what we’re jabbering on about, you will find the full National Anthem, yes all SIX verses printed below.

For time reasons, at most events only the first verse is sung.

At some events they will sing the first and third verses.

Very rarely will they sing all six verses.

UK’s National Anthem

God Save The Queen

 Verse 1

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
 Verse 2
O Lord our God arise
Scatter her enemies
And make them fall
Confound their politics
Frustrate their knavish tricks
On Thee our hopes we fix
God save us all
 Verse 3
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
Verse 4
Not in this land alone
But be God’s mercies known
From shore to shore
Lord make the nations see
That men should brothers be
And form one family
The wide world over
Verse 5
From every latent foe
From the assassins blow
God save the Queen
O’er her thine arm extend
For Britain’s sake defend
Our mother, prince, and friend
God save the Queen
Verse 6
Lord grant that Marshal Wade
May by thy mighty aid
Victory bring
May he sedition hush
And like a torrent rush
Rebellious Scots to crush
God save the Queen


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