What is the melody of God Save the Queen? What is this? A variation of the melody is the basis for George Frideric Handel’s Sarabande in Suite No. 4 in E Minor, HWV 429. Parts of it resemble the tune as it is known today.
Why is God Save the Queen the same tune? Bismarck chose a song – “Heil dir im Siegerkranz” – to the same melody which was used by The German Empire until the end of the First World War. The text is similar in tone to God Save the Queen, praising the virtues of the Kaiser and wishing him immortality etc.
Where did God Save the Queen tune come from? Musicians trace the origins of the melody from a medieval plainsong chant and on, through a carol, to a tune by the Elizabethan, John Bull. At the end of the seventeenth century, Purcell wrote a few bars which are almost identical with the opening phrases of the Arne and Burney versions.
How many countries use the tune of God Save the Queen? Apart from the German state, many of which were linked to Great Britain by marriage, Liechtenstein and Switzerland used the tune. Switzerland changed to a different tune in the 1960s. Liechtenstein still uses the tune. The tune is both American and British.