Music for official occasions
Coronations and jubilees
in Imperialism and music
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The national anthem has a particular significance. Where other countries' anthems celebrate the fatherland or the flag, the British national anthem celebrates the monarch-'God Save Our Gracious Queen'. The anthem was widely published in song collections and journals. It was extensively sold by street hawkers. Towards the end of the First World War, the Royal Colonial Institute ran a competition for an imperial verse for the national anthem. As Philip Ziegler wrote, 'The coronation of a British monarch is the event which brings him more dramatically than any other to the forefront of his people's consciousness.' The oath to defend Protestantism underlines the importance of that faith to the maintenance of Empire. The crowning of King Edward VII in 1902 was the first Coronation of a British monarch in the twentieth century and the first for over sixty years.

Imperialism and music

Britain 1876–1953


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