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Howard was commissioned to write a 'patriotic song', suitable to the times, for a concert to be given by young people in the presence of Her Majesty the Queen on the occasion her 25th Jubilee, April 1977.
There was not much time to create it and the song was, perhaps rather belatedly, submitted to conductor Sir David Willcocks for approval, and in the event it was not accepted and therefore not performed.
However, six years later, in 1983, Howard was working in the Chateau Marmont, Hollywood on an 'all-American' re-write of the score of the military film 'The Lords of Discipline'. It was directed by Frank Roddam and produced by Jeff Katzenberg for Paramount. He was requested, in a very short time, to produce what would sound like a patriotic school song. For this he was introduced to the screenwriter of the movie, writer Lloyd Fonville, to whom he played the melody of 'Heirs of Britain'. Lloyd was delighted to put his own words to it, súitable as a school-song for what was meant to be The Citadel, a military school in South Carolina. Lloyd wrote a lyric starting: 'Carolina keep us faithful' which was sung complete in the film by the entire cast of military students in the hallowed precincts of the old school hall.