National anthem of England

National anthem of England
Land of Hope and Glory

National anthem of

Music Edward Elgar
Adopted 2014 (Official By England)

England has many songs that are viewed as national anthems. In most of the national sporting fixtures 'God Save The Queen' is used, however 'Land of Hope and Glory' also fairly popular


Current anthems used in sport

At present, the following anthems are used:

Multi-sport events

Single sport events

  • At international football matches, England uses "God Save the Queen" as the national anthem.
  • At international rugby union matches, England uses "God Save the Queen" as the national anthem whilst "Land of Hope and Glory"is the anthem played prior to kick off.
  • At international rugby league matches, England uses "God Save the Queen" as the national anthem.
  • At international test cricket matches, England has, since 2003, used "Jerusalem" as its entrance anthem.[2]
  • At international lacrosse matches, the England Men's team uses "God Save The Queen" and the Women's team uses "Jerusalem" as the national anthems.
  • At international football matches, the England men's team uses "Jerusalem" against the Andorra football team.

Proposed anthems

On 20 April 2007, Greg Mulholland, the Liberal Democrat Member of Parliament (MP) for Leeds North West, introduced an Early Day Motion (EDM) in the House of Commons, proposing that England have its own national anthem. The EDM called for all English sporting associations to "adopt an appropriate song that English sportsmen and women, and the English public, would favour when competing as England."[3] There has also been an EDM calling for "Jerusalem" to be given official status as the national anthem of England, proposed by Daniel Kawczynski, the Conservative Party MP for Shrewsbury and Atcham on 18 October 2006.[4]

In April 2008 Greg Mulholland called for the England national rugby league team to replace "God Save the Queen" with an English national anthem at the Rugby League World Cup (RL World Cup) to be held in Australia in autumn 2008[5] and on 28 April he put forward another EDM in the House of Commons, noting that Scotland and Wales who are also taking part in the RL World Cup, will all have their own national anthems, and therefore calling on England to use an English national anthem rather than the British national anthem, with the proposal that English rugby league fans should be given the chance to choose an English anthem.[6] However, God Save the Queen was used.

On St George's Day, April 23, 2010, the Commonwealth Games Council for England launched a poll to allow the public to decide which anthem would be played at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi, India. Voters could choose between God Save the Queen, Jerusalem and Land of Hope and Glory with the winning song being adopted as the official anthem for Team England.[7] Jerusalem was declared the winner on 30 May 2010, securing 52% of the vote.[8]


The best known version of William Blake's poem "And did those feet in ancient time" is the song "Jerusalem", with music by Hubert Parry, which was orchestrated by Edward Elgar in 1922 for a large orchestra at the Leeds Festival. Upon hearing the orchestral version for the first time, King George V said that he preferred that "Jerusalem" replace "God Save the King" as the national anthem. "Jerusalem" is also, as with "Land of Hope and Glory" performed at the annual Last Night of the BBC Proms.

It was used as a campaign slogan by the Labour Party in the 1945 general election when Clement Attlee said they would build "a new Jerusalem". The song is also the unofficial anthem of the Women's Institute, and historically was used by the National Union of Suffrage Societies. It has also been sung at conferences of the Conservative Party.

It is frequently sung as an office or recessional hymn in English cathedrals, churches and chapels on St George's Day. The hymn is also sung in some churches on "Jerusalem Sunday"[citation needed], a day set aside to celebrate the Holy city of Jerusalem in Anglican Churches throughout the world and even in some Episcopal Churches in the United States. However some clergy in the Church of England have and refused to allow it in their churches on the grounds that it is too nationalistic and is not a prayer to God (which hymns always are).[9]

There have been calls to give "Jerusalem" official status[4].

In 2000 a rendition of "Jerusalem" by Fat Les was adopted by the English Football Association as the England football team's official song for the UEFA Euro 2000 competition.[10] Jerusalem has been the ECB's official hymn[11] since 2003,[2] being played before the start of play each day of home test matches. Although God Save the Queen was the anthem sung by England players before games in 2010 ICC World Twenty20 and 2010–11 Ashes series.

Land of Hope and Glory

Land of Hope and Glory has long been traditionally played amidst much flag-waving at the climax of the Last Night of the BBC Proms.

At international rugby league matches, England often sang Land of Hope and Glory as their national anthem (but since the 2005 internationals switched to God Save the Queen). The song was also used as the victory anthem of England at the Commonwealth Games[12] until Jerusalem was adopted in 2010. England has no official national anthem, and usually just adopts the United Kingdom's official anthem, God Save the Queen during sporting events, though there are calls for this to be changed.[13][14] A 2006 survey conducted by the BBC suggested that 55% of the English public would rather have Land of Hope and Glory than God Save the Queen as their national anthem.[15]

Other English patriotic songs

"I Vow to Thee, My Country" has always been a strong contender, although this is also linked to remembrance. Other English patriotic songs which have been proposed as possible national anthems of England include traditional songs such as "Rose of England", an English patriotic song written by Ivor Novello in 1937 for his musical Crest of the Wave, and popularised by Vera Lynn. The flower to which the song's lyrics refer is one of England's national emblems, the Tudor Rose. Also, "There'll Always Be an England", an English patriotic song, written and distributed in 1940 and highly popular throughout World War II. It was composed and written by Ross Parker and Harry Par-Davies. The words were written by Hugh Charles, and the most popular version was sung by Vera Lynn. Also proposed have been modern patriotic songs such as "A Place called England" written by English folk singer Maggie Holland, which won the Best Original Song award at the 2000 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards.[16]


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  2. ^ a b "Sing Jerusalem for England!". BBC News. 2005-09-06. Retrieved 2008-06-15. 
  3. ^ Mulholland, Greg (2007-04-20). "Early Day Motion EDM 1319, English National Anthem". House of Commons Information Office. Retrieved 2008-06-15. 
  4. ^ a b Kawczynski, Daniel (2006-10-18). "Early Day Motion EDM 2791, English National Anthem". House of Commons Information Office. Retrieved 2008-06-15. 
  5. ^ "World Cup RL anthem plea by Leeds MP". Yorkshire Evening Post. 2008-05-01. Retrieved 2008-06-15. 
  6. ^ Mulholland, Greg (2008-04-28). "Early Day Motion EDM 1429, English National Anthem for the Rugby League World Cup". House of Commons Information Office. Retrieved 2008-06-15. 
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  9. ^ Borland, Sophie (2008-04-18). "Cathedral bans popular hymn Jerusalem". Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 2008-06-15. 
  10. ^ "Fat Les score for England". BBC News. 2000-05-08. Retrieved 2008-06-15. 
  11. ^ Anthem4england, 08.05.2007
  12. ^ Anthem 4 England - Land of Hope and Glory
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  15. ^ BBC survey on English national anthem
  16. ^ "BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards Previous winners". BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. Retrieved 2008-06-15. 

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