Wednesday, 9 September 2015

Longest to reign over us

God save our gracious Queen! 
Long live our noble Queen! 
God save the Queen! 

Send her victorious, 
Happy and glorious, 
Long to reign over us, 
God save the Queen.

Thy choicest gifts in store 
On her be pleased to pour, 
Long may she reign. 

May she defend our laws, 
And ever give us cause, 
To sing with heart and voice, 
God save the Queen.

The runners and riders:

FromTodaysyears, days
1Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom6 February 1952Present23,22663 years, 215 days
2Victoria of the United Kingdom20 June 183722 January 190123,22663 years, 216 days
3George III of the United Kingdom25 October 176029 January 182021,64459 years, 96 days
4James VI of Scotland24 July 156727 March 162521,06657 years, 246 days
5Henry III of England and Lord of Ireland18 October 121616 November 127220,48356 years, 29 days
6Edward III of England and Lord of Ireland25 January 132721 June 137718,41050 years, 147 days
7William I of Scotland9 December 11654 December 121417,89248 years, 360 days
8Elizabeth I of England and Ireland17 November 155824 March 160316,19844 years, 127 days
9Llywelyn of Gwynedd1 January 119511 April 1240>16,17244–45 years (approximately)
10David II of Scotland7 June 132922 February 137115,23541 years, 260 days

1 comment:

  1. What about the other verses? Or have they been quietly dropped?
    I always liked:

    O lord God arise,
    Scatter our enemies,
    And make them fall!
    Confound their knavish tricks,
    Confuse their politics,
    On you our hopes we fix,
    God save the Queen!

    I always liked the fourth and fith lines.