Soldiers of the King

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For the magazine, see Soldiers of the Queen (journal).
For the film, see Soldiers of the King (film).

"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 then interpolated in the musical comedy An Artist's Model (1895).

The song served as the regimental (quick) march of the Queen's Regiment, 1966 - 1992. In 1992 the Queens Regiment and Royal Hampshires became The Princess of Wales's Royal Regiment who now use the song "Soldiers of the Queen" as their Regimental song (at the end of the song the Regiment then sing "farmers boy" to show its links to R HAMPSHIRE) It is also the Regimental March of the combined 2nd and 14th Light Horse Regiment, Queensland Mounted Infantry {2/14LHR(QMI)}. It is also the Regimental March of the Lord Strathcona's Horse (Royal Canadians), the second most senior of Canada's Cavalry Regiments. The song was sung by the public attending a farewell function in Brisbane, Australia the day before the departure of the 1st contingent QMI, to the Boer War on 1/11/1899

It was used as the theme to the film, Breaker Morant. BBC Radio 4 comedy programme The Harpoon, a show lampooning boys' magazines from Britain's Empire days of the 20th century, also used the piece as its opening theme—which is harshly interrupted mid-stanza by a page-turn.

The song has no connection to "The Soldiers of Our Queen", a quite different song which appears in the Gilbert and Sullivan opera Patience.


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.