Does the Royal Society of St George support our campaign?

At anthem4england we’re delighted that the think-tank British Future has begun campaigning for an English anthem.

And we’d be doubly delighted if, as indicated by this letter, The Royal Society of St George are also supportive of the campaign for an English anthem.

We need to have an anthem for England

I WRITE with reference to the article ‘England’s own anthem?’ (The Citizen, April 24).

In a couple of month’s time English, Welsh, Scottish and Northern Ireland athletes will form Team Great Britain and compete under the Union Jack in the Olympics. Hopefully, many of these athletes will be successful and stand on the rostrum to receive medals to the strain of God Save the Queen. Following that sporting event, early in the New Year of 2013 English, Welsh, Scottish and Irish rugby players will represent their respective countries in The Six Nations rugby tournament. Before each game the national anthems for each country will be played. It makes little sense that God Save the Queen should be the anthem of choice for England at this tournament, as the Olympics has clearly indicated it is the anthem of Great Britain.

The time has come for England to have a patriotic anthem like the other countries that form the union of Great Britain.

The Royal Society of St George should be supported in their aim to promote an English National Anthem and more importance should be attached to St George’s Day to celebrate all things English.

Name and address supplied

There is nothing on the The Royal Society of St George website about an English anthem so we will write to them for an official statement.

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  1. Dino says:

    Totally agree with this. I’ve been told off and sworn at for refusing to stand for GSTQ before an England football match but as I keep pointing out, GSTQ is NOT the English anthem, we use it by default because we don’t have one of our own.

  2. David Kelly says:

    I just hope that no British athlete gets any medal in the Olympics. Any success by Team GB will be an excuse for the British Government and the media, especially the BBC, to shove more phoney Britishness down our throats, but only in England, of course. Lucky old Scotland and Wales don’t have to suffer it. It’s high time the British Olympic Association split into separate associations for the individual nations within the Divided Kingdom, so that we can have separate Olympic teams, just like we do for footie and rugby.

    Oh, and GSTQ is just a depressing tuneless dirge.

  3. Stephen Gash says:

    If God Save the Queen is the English anthem, as the FA and RFU insist it is, then Scottish, Welsh and N.Irish gold medal winners will receive their medals hearing the strains of the English anthem.

    So, they’ll be British when they lose and English when they win.

    Two non-starters for replacing God Save the Queen are the British empire durge ‘Land of Hope and Glory’ and the British ‘There’ll always be an England’ that refers to the red white and blue.

  4. Keith Kelly says:

    I really dont have a problem with GSTQ at British team events such as F1 and the Olympics.
    I do have a problem with it at England team events.
    All other countries of the UK have their own anthem. Why cant England have an anthem that supporters of any ENGLAND team can stand proudly and sing.
    What on earth is the problem with that.
    Supporter power could easily overcome the problem. Imagine the hoo hah if 82000 rugby supporters stood and belted out Jerusalem while the band of the Coldstream Guards played GSTQ. Ha Ha

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