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The honors music for a person, office or rank is music played on formal or ceremonial occasions in the presence of the person, office-holder, or rank-holder. The head of state in many countries is honored with a prescribed piece of music; in some countries the national anthem serves this purpose, while others have a separate royal anthem or presidential anthem. Lesser officials may also have anthems, such as the vice-regal salute in several Commonwealth realms for the Governor-General. The term honors music is used by government protocol offices in the United States, especially in the United States armed forces.

Current honors music

Countries where the national anthem is also the royal anthem include the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norfolk Island and Spain.

Country Office/rank Music Notes
Australia Monarch "God Save the Queen"[1]
Australia Other Royal Family members God Save the Queen First six bars only.[citation needed]
Australia Governor General Vice-regal salute[1] The first and last four bars of "Advance Australia Fair", the national anthem.[1]
Canada Monarch, consort "God Save the Queen"[2] For a pipe band, "Mallorca" is played instead.
Canada Other Royal Family members The first six bars of "God Save the Queen"[2]. For a pipe band, "Mallorca" is played instead.
Canada Governor General, Lieutenant-Governors "Salute to the Governor General / Lieutenant Governor", commonly called the Vice Regal Salute The first six bars of "God Save The Queen" immediately followed by the first four and last four bars of "O Canada", the national anthem. For a pipe band, a combination of "Mallorca" and "O Canada" is played instead.[2]
Denmark Monarch "Kong Kristian stod ved højen mast" "King Christian stood by the lofty mast"
Finland Commander-in-Chief of the Finnish Defence Forces (normally President) "Porilaisten marssi" "March of the people from Pori"
Haiti President "Chant Nationale" "National Song". Poem by Oswald Durand, set to music by Occide Jeanty in 1893 to serve as a national anthem; replaced by "La Dessalinienne" in 1904.[3]
Ireland President Presidential Salute The first four and last five bars of "Amhrán na bhFiann", the national anthem[4]
Ireland Taoiseach "Amhrán Dóchais" "Song of Hope". Words by Osborn Bergin, to a traditional air arranged by Aloys Fleischmann.[5]
Luxembourg Monarch "Wilhelmus" (Zwé Kinnégskanner) A variant of "Het Wilhelmus", the national and royal anthem of the Netherlands
New Zealand Monarch "God Save the Queen"[6] Also one of two national anthems, the other being "God Defend New Zealand"[6]
New Zealand Governor General Salute to the Governor General The first six bars of "God Save the Queen"[7] The anthem may also be played in full.[6]
Norway Monarch "Kongesangen" "The King's Song"; an adaptation of "God Save the Queen" and set to the same tune.
Philippines President "Mabuhay"[8] The word mabuhay means "welcome". The music is by Tito Cruz, Jr.[9]
Sweden Monarch "Kungssången" "The King's Song"
Thailand Monarch, Crown Prince "Phleng Sansoen Phra Barami"
United States President "Hail to the Chief"[10]
United States Vice President "Hail Columbia"[10]
United States Various officials[fn 1] Honors March 1 32-bar medley of "Stars and Stripes Forever"[10]
United States Army officers ranked major general and higher "General's March"[10] Honors March 2
United States Navy officers ranked rear admiral and higher "Admiral's March"[10] Honors March 3
United States Air Force, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard officers ranked major general and higher "Flag Officer's March"[10] Honors March 4
  1. ^ House Speaker; Cabinet members; Senate President pro tem; state governors; Chief Justice; Department of Defense official ranked Assistant Secretary or higher; senior diplomats; chairmen of committees of Congress; brigadier generals

Historical anthems

From the nineteenth century, a new Ottoman imperial anthem was usually composed for each Sultan of the Ottoman Empire.

Country Office Anthem Notes
Kingdom of Bulgaria Monarch "Anthem of His Majesty the Tsar" "Anthem of His Majesty the Tsar". Royal anthem until 1944.
Russian Empire Monarch "Боже, Царя храни" "God Save The Tsar!" The national anthem until the 1917 Revolution; still used by some descendants of white émigrés.
Kingdom of Greece Monarch "Ὕμνος εἰς τὴν Ἐλευθερίαν" "Hymn to Liberty". The royal anthem till the abolition of the monarchy in 1974; now the national anthem.
Principality of Serbia/Kingdom of Serbia Monarch "Bože pravde" "Lord of Justice". An earlier version of the current national anthem, glorifying the Prince/King.
Sweden Gustav III "Gustafs skål" "Toast to Gustaf"
Principality of Montenegro/Kingdom of Montenegro Monarch "Ubavoj nam Crnoj Gori" "To Our Beautiful Montenegro", glorifying the Prince/King.
Austrian Empire/Austria-Hungary Monarch "Gott erhalte Franz den Kaiser" "God Save Emperor Francis". Used with updated words for later Emperors till the abolition of the monarchy in 1918.
Prussia/German Empire King of Prussia/German Emperor "Heil dir im Siegerkranz" "Hail to Thee in Victor's Crown"
Iran (Pahlavi) Shah "Sorood-e Shahanshahi Iran" "Imperial Salute of Iran"
Kingdom of Hawaii Monarch "E Ola Ke Aliʻi Ke Akua" (1860–66)

"He Mele Lâhui Hawaiʻi" (1866–76)
"Hawaiʻi Ponoʻī" (from 1876)

"God Save the King", "The Song of the Hawaiian Nation", and "Hawaiʻi's own true sons"; successive national anthems
Empire of China (Qing dynasty) Monarch "李中堂樂" ("lǐ zhōng táng yuè"; 1896–1906)

"頌龍旗" ("Sòng lóng qí"; 1906–11)"
"鞏金甌" ("Gong Jin'ou"; 1911–12)

"Tune of Li Zhongtang", "Praise the Dragon Flag", and "Cup of Solid Gold"; successive national anthems
Empire of China (1915–1916) Emperor Yuan Shikai "中國雄立宇宙間" ("Zhong guo xiong li yu zhou jian") "China Heroically Stands in the Universe"
Kingdom of France (c.1590-1789 & 1815-1848) King of France and Navarre "Marche Henri IV" ("Henry IV March") "Vive la France, Vive le roi Henri" until 1789, "Vive le princes, et le bon roi Louis" after 1815


  1. ^ a b c "16.3 Australian national anthem". Protocol Guidelines. Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (Australia). Retrieved 2009-03-11. 
  2. ^ a b c "Honours and salutes: Musical salute". Ceremonial and Canadian Symbols Promotion. Canadian Heritage. 2008-12-11. Retrieved 2009-03-11. 
  3. ^ Victor, A.J.. "Haitian Patriotic Songs". Retrieved 2009-03-11. 
  4. ^ "National Anthem". Department of the Taoiseach. Retrieved 2009-03-11. 
  5. ^ Ruth Fleischmann, ed (2000). Aloys Fleischmann (1910 – 1992): A Life for Music in Ireland Remembered by Contemporaries. Cork: Mercier Press. pp. 11–17. ISBN 1856353281. 
  6. ^ a b c "Protocol for using New Zealand's National Anthems". Ministry for Culture and Heritage (New Zealand). Retrieved 2009-03-11. 
  7. ^ "Instructions for Playing the Anthem". Encyclopaedia of New Zealand. Ministry for Culture and Heritage (New Zealand). 1966. "If the first six bars only are used, as for a salute to the Governor-General as the Queen's representative, the anthem is to be played “fortissimo” at M.M. 60 crotchets." 
  8. ^ Quezon, Manuel L. (2004-06-24). "The Long view". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved 2009-03-11. 
  9. ^ Quezon, Manuel (2008-08-01). "Obsession with appearances". Cebu Daily News. Retrieved 2009-03-11. 
  10. ^ a b c d e f "Army Regulation 600–25: Salutes, Honors, and Visits of Courtesy". U.S. Department of the Army. 2004-09-24. pp. 5–6; Table 2-1. Retrieved 2009-03-11. 


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