Response to Jerusalem Petition

The government has responded to the petition requesting that the English national Anthem be changed to Jerusalem, by stating that they will not do it.  You can read the response here, but it is copied below

The national anthem of the UK ‘God Save the Queen’ only has that status by convention. It has no official status either by legislation or royal proclamation. Similarly, ‘Flower of Scotland’, although it is regarded in some quarters as the Scottish national anthem, has no official status. Insofar as a anthem for England is concerned, ‘Land of Hope and Glory’ is often played when England play in sporting competitions (such as the Commonwealth Games) against other countries of the UK. However, this too has no official standing. The Government has no plans to legislate on this issue.

So it appears that the United Kingdom has no official anthem.

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Blake’s lines can be made to mean very much what those who sing and hear them want them to mean. Only one idea has to be common to every interpretation. Jerusalem is a paean of praise for England – England as it is, as it could be or even as it once was.

— Roy Hattersley

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