@strontium it happens here in Australia too, and personally I think it’s better that way. However I think it depends on the country. The Australian, American and Canadian anthems are all songs that are very specifically about the country. I mean, any monarchy could have God Save the Queen/King as the anthem, it’s not very specific to the country. But if any country other than Australia, America or Canada had “Advance Australia Fair”, “O Canada” or “The Star Spangled Banner” as anthems it would obviously be silly (although in the latter, the USA is never actually specifically mentioned).
Basically what I’m trying to say is that, in my mind, the lyrics in the above anthems are much more significant and specific to the country than in the British anthem.
True @xtwl. National anthem before a race is a bit of an anachronism, but seeing as a lot of the countries are subsidising the races, it’s a concession from Bernie. If only they could play the Sex Pistols version instead..
On Americanisation, as the dominant English culture in a globalised world, it’s noticeable that British culture is adopting more and more facets of it as time goes on.
I was surprised that they had the Royal Marines Band (I think that’s what they’re called?) doing their usual business at the front of the grid, but got someone else to sing the anthem acapella. I thought they always did the rendition of the athem…
@davidnotcoulthard might be a tad too long for the podium ceremonies. Mind you, it’s shorter than the Austrian one!
God Save the Queen is terrible at the best of times, but Alesha Dixon’s version was pretty cringeworthy.
Forgetting the lyrics of the anthem for one moment (which I don’t like) but the tune of God Save the Queen is just so borig. “God Save our gracious Queen, long live our noble queen…” Eurgh. At least with Fratelli D’Italia or La Marseillaise they have a good tune to them, and before a sporting occasion they would get you pumped up to represent your country (although when you look into the lyrics a bit further they are surprisingly violent.)