Jan 14, 2016 3:06 AM GMT
NYT: For two centuries the national anthem here has been a somber plea for the monarch’s longevity, and “God Save the Queen” is routinely sung as England’s sports teams line up for international matches.
But now the anthem, and not just the sovereign, may be in need of saving.
On Wednesday, lawmakers agreed to debate in March a bill that, while not scrapping “God Save the Queen,” would create another anthem to be played before England’s teams take on foreign rivals.
Supporters of the move argue that “God Save the Queen” is the national anthem for the United Kingdom and for Britain, of which England is just one part. While Scotland and Wales, which field their own soccer and rugby teams, have their own anthems, England does not.