Music for official occasions
Coronations and jubilees
in Imperialism and music
Abstract only
Log-in for full text

You are not authenticated to view the full text of this chapter or article.

manchesterhive requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books or journals - to see content that you/your institution should have access to, please log in through your library system or with your personal username and password.

If you are authenticated and think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

Non-subscribers can freely search the site, view abstracts/extracts and download selected front and end matter. 

Institutions can purchase access to individual titles; please contact for pricing options.


If you have an access token for this content, you can redeem this via the link below:

Redeem token

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


All Time Past Year Past 30 Days
Abstract Views 84 19 2
Full Text Views 24 4 0
PDF Downloads 18 6 2