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"Soldiers of the King" is a song written and composed by Leslie Stuart. The song is often sung and published as "Soldiers of the Queen" depending on the reigning monarch at the time.

The tune was originally composed by Stuart as a march celebrating the opening of the Manchester Ship Canal. The lyrics were added at a later date and the title changed. The song was also interpolated in the musical comedy An Artist's Model (1895).

Was the Regimental (Quick) March of the Queen's Regiment, 1966 - 1992.

It was used as the theme to the film, Breaker Morant. In addition, it was used as the opening theme to the BBC Radio 4 comedy programme The Harpoon.

Lyrics

Britons once did loyally declaim
About the way we ruled the waves.
Every Briton's song was just the same
When singing of her soldier-braves.
All the world had heard it--
Wondered why we sang,
And some have learned the reason why--
But we're not forgetting it,
And we're not letting it
Fade away and gradually die,
Fade away and gradually die.
So when we say that England's master
Remember who has made her so
It's the soldiers of the Queen, my lads
Who've been, my lads, who've seen, my lads
In the fight for England's glory lads
When we've had to show them what we mean:
And when we say we've always won
And when they ask us how it's done
We'll proudly point to every one
Of England's soldiers of the Queen.

Source: Digital Collections - Music - Stuart, Leslie, 1864-1928. The soldiers of the Queen. Accessed November 1, 2008.

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