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, especially by a military band. 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, presidential, or, historically, imperial anthem. Other officials may also have anthems, such as the vice-regal salute in several Commonwealth realms for the Governor-General, Governor, or Lieutenant Governor. Ruffles and flourishes may be played instead of, or preceding, honors music.
Current honors music
Countries where the national anthem is also the royal anthem include Jamaica, Malaysia, the Netherlands, Norfolk Island, Spain, the United Kingdom, Jordan, Brunei and Cambodia. Additionally, the royal anthems of both Denmark and New Zealand have co-official status as national anthem along with a separate national anthem.
Instances of honors music other than the relevant national anthem include the following:
|Antigua and Barbuda||Monarch||"God Save the Queen"|
|Argentina||President||"Marcha de Ituzaingó"||Presidential March|
|Australia||Monarch||"God Save the Queen"|
|Other Royal Family members||"God Save the Queen"||First six bars only.|
|Governor-General, Governors||Vice-regal salute||The first and last four bars of "Advance Australia Fair", the national anthem. before 1984 the royal salute was the first six bars of God save the Queen|
|Austria||President||"Österreich, du herrliches Land"||Also the anthem of the Austrian Armed Forces.|
|Brazil||President||"Continências ao Presidente da República"||Introduction and final chords of the Brazilian National Anthem. Only applicable at military ceremonies.|
|Canada||Monarch, consort||"God Save the Queen"||For a pipe band, "Mallorca" is played instead.|
|Other Royal Family members||The first six bars of "God Save the Queen"||For a pipe band, "Mallorca" is played instead.|
|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. before 1968 the vice regal Salute was simply a Royal salute first six bars of God save the Queen|
|High-ranking Canadian Forces personnel||"General Salute"||Played to render honors to high ranking personnel|
|Colombia||President||"Honores al Presidente de la Republica"
|Bugle fanfare by the Corps of drums then followed by the:|
1. Introduction and Chorus of the National Anthem of Colombia
2. Introduction from the hymn of the National Army of Colombia
3. Introduction from the hymn of the Colombian Navy
4. Introduction from the hymn of the Colombian Air Force
5. First bars of the hymn of the National Police of Colombia, all by a military band
If the President attends an event hosted by only either of the 3 service branches of the Military Forces of Colombia or the National Police, the Introduction and Chorus of the National Anthem are played first followed by the introduction of the specific service anthem.
|Czech Republic||President||"Fanfáry z Libuše"||Fanfares from Overture of the opera Libuše|
|Denmark||Monarch||"Kong Christian stod ved højen mast"||"King Christian stood by the lofty mast". Also one of the two national anthems, the other being "Der er et yndigt land"|
|Ecuador||President||"Honores al Presidente de la Republica"
|1. In the Army, Air Force and Police, a bugle fanfare followed by the chorus of Salve, Oh Patria|
2. In the Navy, four long blasts of the boatswain's call then the rest as above
3. Played at the arrival of the President in military events, once the arrival honors have been received
|Vice President||"Honores al Vicepresidente de la Republica"
|1. In the Army, Air Force and Police, a bugle fanfare followed by the chorus of Salve, Oh Patria|
2. In the Navy, four long blasts of the boatswain's call then the rest as above
3. Played at the arrival of the Vice President, once the arrival honors have been received
|Estonia||Commander-in-Chief of the Estonian Defence Forces (normally the President)||"Björneborgarnas marsch/Porilaisten marssi"||"March of the Pori Regiment"/"March of the Björneborgers"|
|Finland||Commander-in-Chief of the Finnish Defence Forces (normally the President)||"Björneborgarnas marsch/Porilaisten marssi"||"March of the Pori Regiment"/"March of the Björneborgers"|
|Germany||President||"Auferstanden aus Ruinen"||"Risen From Ruins". Formerly served as the national anthem of East Germany. First played in Brazil when Roman Herzog visited the country in November 1995.|
|Haiti||President||"Quand nos Aïeux brisèrent leurs entraves"
|"When Our Fathers Broke Their Chains" (also known as the National Hymn). Poem by Oswald Durand, set to music by Occide Jeanty in 1893 to serve as a national anthem; replaced by "La Dessalinienne" in 1904.|
|Ireland||President||"Presidential Salute"||The first four and last five bars of "Amhrán na bhFiann", the national anthem|
|Taoiseach||"Mór Chluana" / "Amhrán Dóchais"||"Mór Chluana" ("More of Cloyne") is a traditional air collected by Patrick Weston Joyce in 1873. "Amhrán Dóchais" ("Song of Hope") is a poem written by Osborn Bergin in 1913 and set to the air. John A. Costello chose the air as his salute. Though the salute is often called "Amhrán Dóchais", Brian Ó Cuív argues "Mór Chluana" is the correct title.|
|Italy||President||"S'hymnu sardu nationale" ("Inno Sardo Nazionale")||First adopted in 1991.|
|Korea (Republic of)||General-rank Officer||Star March||Abridged version|
|Ministers of State||Rose of Sharon|
|President||Phoenix Hymn||Modified version of Star March, played during Military Parade attended by the President|
|Korea (Democratic People's Republic of)||Supreme Leader||"Song of Happiness for the Great Leader"||Played during the arrival and departure of the Supreme Leader, with a matching 21-gun salute|
|Luxembourg||Monarch||"De Wilhelmus"||A variant of "Het Wilhelmus", the national and royal anthem of the Netherlands|
|Malaysia||Raja Permaisuri Agong; Yang di-Pertua Negeri||Abridged version of the National Anthem||Consisting of first and last sections. Played before the relevant state's anthem if the salute is for the Yang di-Pertua Negeri.|
|State monarchs||Short version of "Negaraku" (the national anthem)||Consisting of last section. Played after the relevant state's anthem. Only may be played if the state monarch present representing the King.|
|Netherlands||Members of the Royal House; Governor of Aruba; Governor of Curacao and Governor of Sint Maarten||"Het Wilhelmus"||The national anthem.|
|Various officials not entitled to "Het Wilhelmus".[fn 1]||"De Jonge Prins van Friesland" ||Ministers used the national anthem till Queen Beatrix objected in 1986.|
|New Zealand||Monarch||"God Save the Queen"||Also one of two national anthems, the other being "God Defend New Zealand"|
|Governor-General||"Salute to the Governor-General"||The first six bars of "God Save the Queen" The anthem may also be played in full.|
|Norway||Monarch||"Kongesangen"||"The King's Song"; an adaptation of "God Save the Queen" and set to the same tune.|
|Papua New Guinea||Monarch||"God Save the Queen"|
|Philippines||President||"Mabuhay" ("We Say Mabuhay")(Presidential march)
||The word mabuhay means "long live". The song, with music by Tirso Cruz, Sr and English lyrics by American James King Steele, was written c. 1935–40. Played to announce the arrival of the President during major events, minus the four ruffles and flourishes.|
|President||"Honorable Salute to the President" (Marangál na Parangál sa Pangulo)
(Presidential salute music)
|An older version was played until 2010. A new version (with lyrics in Filipino, composed by former PSG Band Conductor Maj. Xavier Celestal) debuted in 2011 and is used in all events of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, the Philippine National Police and the Philippine Coast Guard when the President is present. It is preceded by four ruffles and flourishes, and is often performed with a 21-gun salute (military events only).|
|Poland||President||"Sygnał prezydencki"||Played in the presence of the President when the Presidential Ensign is raised in major events|
|Portugal||President||"A Portuguesa"||The national anthem.|
|President of the Assembly of the Republic
Ministers and Secretaries of State
|"Hino da Maria da Fonte"|
|Romania||President||"Marș triumfal"||Played in the presence of the President and during state visits by foreign high officials.|
|Russia||President||"Glory" (A Life for the Tsar)||Played during the inauguration of the President.|
|President||"Президентская Фанфара" ("Presidential Fanfare")||Played as welcoming signal for the President.|
|Singapore||President||"Abridged version of Majulah Singapura"||First six bars only, played during state visits by foreign heads of state. If during major national events the anthem is played in full.|
|Slovenia||Commander-in-Chief of the Slovenian Armed Forces (normally the President)||"Naprej, zastava slave"||"Forward, Flag of Glory"|
|Spain||Monarch||"La Marcha Real"|
|Princess of Asturias||Short version of "La Marcha Real"||Played without the repeated bars.|
|Sweden||Monarch||"Kungssången"||"The King's Song"|
|Switzerland||Members of the federal council||"Rufst du, mein Vaterland"|
|Chancellor||"Rufst du, mein Vaterland"||First six bars only.|
|Thailand||Monarch||"Sansoen Phra Barami"||"The song of glorifying His Majesty's prestige". Former national anthem, still played before shows in cinemas and theatres and during all major events when the King and Queen are present.|
|King||"Sadudee Jom Racha"||"Hymn to the Righteous King". Used for the ceremonies related to King Vajiralongkorn and Queen Suthida.|
|Other members of the royal family||"Maha Chai"||"Grand Victory". It may be also used for the Prime Minister in very formal situations.[failed verification]|
|Other situations||"Maha Roek"||"Grand Auspice". Mainly used for the arrival of senior government officials and for inaugurations. It is also used as the General Salute Music of the Royal Thai Armed Forces.|
|United States||President||"Hail to the Chief"|
|Vice President||"Hail Columbia"|
|Various officials[fn 2]||"Honors March 1"||32-bar medley of "Stars and Stripes Forever"|
|Army officers ranked major general and higher||"General's March"||"Honors March 2"|
|Navy officers ranked rear admiral and higher||"Admiral's March"||"Honors March 3"|
|Air Force, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard officers ranked major general and higher||"Flag Officer's March"||"Honors March 4"|
|United Kingdom||Monarch||"God Save The Queen"||Whole song|
|Venezuela||President||"Hymn to the Liberator Simon Bolivar" (Himno a Bolivar), (military band only),
"Gloria al Bravo Pueblo" (short version or full version, for military band only),
"National Salute March" (Marcha Regular) (for Corps of drums only)
|1. Presidential march, played during the arrival of the President during major events|
2. National anthem, chorus, first verse and chorus only during all events, can also be played in full or using the chorus only
3. Played during military ceremonies if a Corps of Drums is in attendance, also played as Salute March of the Flag of Venezuela if the national anthem is not used, can also be played by a military band as well if possible
|Vice President||"Vice Presidential Salute" (Honores al Vice Presidente)||Bugle call played to honor the Vice President|
|Kingdom of Afghanistan||Monarch||"Shahe ghajur-o-mehrabane ma" ("Our Brave and Dear King")||Used from 1943 until the abolition of the monarchy in 1973.|
|Principality of Albania/Albanian Kingdom||Monarch||"Himni i Flamurit"
("Hymn to the Flag")
|The royal anthem until the abolition of the monarchy in 1943, now the national anthem.|
|Austrian Empire/Austria-Hungary||Monarch||"Gott erhalte Franz den Kaiser"
("God Save Emperor Francis")
|Used with updated words for later Emperors until the abolition of the monarchy in 1918.|
|Kingdom of Bavaria||Monarch||"Königsstrophe"
|An earlier version of the current state anthem glorifying the King.|
|Empire of Brazil||Monarch||"Hino da Independência"
("Hymn of Independence")
|Used between 1822 and 1831. The current national anthem was used for the rest of the empire's existence.|
|Kingdom of Bulgaria||Monarch||"Anthem of His Majesty the Tsar"||Royal anthem until 1944.|
|Empire of China (1915–16)||Emperor Yuan Shikai||"Zhong guo xiong li yu zhou jian"
("中國雄立宇宙間"; "China Heroically Stands in the Universe")
|Ethiopian Empire||House of Solomon||"Ityopp'ya Hoy"
("Ethiopia be happy")
|Kingdom of Egypt||Muhammad Ali Dynasty||"Salam Affandina"
("Royal Anthem of Egypt")
|Kingdom of France (c.1590–1789 & 1815–48)||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|
|Kingdom of France (1791–92)||King of France and Navarre||"La Nation, la Loi, le Roi"
("The Nation, the Law, the King")
|First French Empire (1804–15)||Napoleon I, Napoleon II||"Chant du Départ"
("Song of the Departure")
|"Chant du Départ" until 1815,|
|Second French Empire (1852–70)||Napoleon III||"Partant pour la Syrie"
("Departing for Syria")
|Nazi Germany||Führer||"Badonviller Marsch"
|Kingdom of Greece||Monarch||"Ὕμνος εἰς τὴν Ἐλευθερίαν"
("Hymn to Liberty")
|The royal anthem until the abolition of the monarchy in 1974, now the national anthem.|
|Kingdom of Hawaii||Monarch|
|British Hong Kong||Monarch, Governor of Hong Kong||God Save the Queen (first stanza only)|
|Iran (Qajar)||Shah||"Salamati-ye Shah"
("Health of the Shah")
|Iran (Pahlavi)||Shah||"Sorood-e Shahanshahi Iran"
("Imperial Salute of Iran")
|Kingdom of Iraq||Monarch||"Es Salam al-Malaky"
("The Royal Salute")
|Irish Free State||Governor-General||"The Soldier's Song" (1929–32); none (1932–36)||Monarchy in the Irish Free State was a requirement of the Anglo-Irish Treaty resented by nationalists. While unionists felt that "God Save the King" was appropriate anthem for the King's Irish representative, the 1927–32 government decreed that the Governor-General should leave any function at which it was played. The 1933–37 government eliminated all ceremonial honours before abolishing the position entirely.|
|Kingdom of Italy||Monarch||"S'hymnu sardu nationale"
("Inno Sardo Nazionale")
|Glorifies the Prince/King. Used until the abolition of the monarchy in 1946, now the presidential anthem.|
|Korean Empire||Monarch||"Daehan Jeguk Aegukga"
("대한 제국 애국가"; "Patriotic Song of the Korean Empire")
|Kingdom of Laos||Monarch||"Pheng Xat Lao"||An earlier version of the current national anthem.|
|Kingdom of Libya||King Idris||"Libya, Libya, Libya"||This anthem was readopted by the National Transitional Council in 2011, as the national anthem, with the verse glorifying King Idris omitted.|
|Kingdom of Madagascar||Monarch||"Andriamanitra ô"
|Glorifies the Malagasy sovereign.|
|Principality of Montenegro/Kingdom of Montenegro||Monarch||"Ubavoj nam Crnoj Gori"
("To our Beautiful Montenegro")
|Glorifies the Prince/King.|
|Kingdom of Nepal||Monarch||"Rastriya Gaan"
("May Glory Crown our Illustrious Sovereign")
|Used between 1962 and 2006.|
||From the nineteenth century, a new imperial anthem was usually composed for each Sultan.|
|Kingdom of Portugal||Monarch||"O Hino da Carta"
("Hymn to the Charter")
|Used from 1834 until the abolition of the monarchy in 1910.|
|Prussia/German Empire||King of Prussia/German Emperor||"Heil dir im Siegerkranz"
("Hail to Thee in Victor's Crown")
|Kingdom of Romania||Monarch||"Trăiască Regele"
("Long Live the King")
|Russian Empire||Monarch||"Боже, Царя храни"
("God Save The Tsar!")
|The national anthem until the abolition of monarchy—still used by some descendants of white émigrés.|
|Principality of Serbia/Kingdom of Serbia||Monarch||"Bože pravde"
("Lord of Justice")
|An earlier version of the current national anthem glorifying the Prince/King.|
|Siam||Monarch||Afterward Sansoen Phra Barami changed status for Royal Salute Anthem ever since Change of rule for democratic form of government with the King as Head of State in 1932, which the State changed to use the new national anthem as a replacement.|
|Union of South Africa||Monarch||"God Save the Queen"|
|Sweden||Gustav III||"Gustafs skål"
("Toast to Gustaf")
|Monarch||"Bevare Gud vår kung" (1805–93)
("God Save The King")
|Based on the British anthem, and with an identical melody.|
|Kingdom of Tunisia||Monarch||"Salam al-Bey"
|Empire of Vietnam||Monarch||"Đăng đàn cung"
("Melody on the Ascent to the Esplanade")
|Kingdom of Yemen||Monarch||"Salam al-Malaky"
|No official words.|
|Kingdom of Yugoslavia||Monarch||"National Anthem of the Kingdom of Yugoslavia"|
|Sultanate of Zanzibar||Monarch||"March for the Sultan of Zanzibar"||No words.|
- Loyal toast, to the head of state at banquets
- Members of the Dutch Cabinet, Netherlands Antilles Cabinet, or Aruba Cabinet; senior Dutch military officers; Secretaries General of NATO, of the UN, and of the EU Council; EU foreign and security High Representative. (In the absence of persons entitled to the anthem).
- State governors, chief justice, Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, President pro tempore of the United States Senate, chairmen of committees of Congress, Cabinet members, Department of Defense officials ranked assistant secretary or higher, senior diplomats, brigadier generals
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