God Save the King
Original Author: Unknown
Created: October 15, 1745
Medium: Sheet music
Publisher: Wikimedia Commons

“God Save the King”””

An early version of the song "God Save the King" appears in the October 15, 1745 edition of the London publication The Gentleman's Magazine. The first line of the song reads "God save great George our king, Long live our noble king," a reference to the monarch in power, George II. During the reign of his grandson, George III—and especially in the years following the loss of America and the rise of conflict with revolutionary and Napoleonic France—the king became the symbol for a national revival and robust patriotism, and the song supplanted "Rule Britannia" as the national anthem.