Elizabeth II: Punk Museum and Pop Culture Icon

Elizabeth II: Punk Museum and Pop Culture Icon
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There was a time when the world revolved around British splendor, a glorious era associated with the name of its Queen Victoria. The United Kingdom was a great empire with influence on all continents of the world and great industrial, economic and cultural progress danced to the tune set by London.

The Great Exhibition of 1851 at the Crystal Palace was the center of everything worth knowing in a new world marked by the Industrial Revolution and earlier globalization.

The English 19th century is, undoubtedly, the century of Victoria, the great queen whom Elizabeth II decided to focus on to mark the new course of an empire in decline 100 years later.

Given the empire’s loss of global relevance, one of the great achievements of Elizabeth II’s charismatic rule was to establish her image and, consequently, of the crown, into one of the greatest symbols of mass culture.

Throughout her life, the late Queen has been known to delve completely into the eclectic and changeable mix that makes up everything that pertains to pop culture. A scenario where Isabel II is particularly comfortable, modernizing and promoting one of the world’s oldest institutions, without losing seriousness, is coming to be part of the most popular classes and their lives.

Although the United Kingdom was able to lose its political hegemony in the 20th century, its queen knew how to keep pace with the cultural developments that were so important to the building of identity in a collective society.

With better or worse intentions, the recognition of the image of Elizabeth II as an essential figure for understanding the cult of personality in modern monarchies is undeniable. Great arts such as Andy Warhol or Lucian Freud have explored their facial recognition through painting. He has also been featured in an extensive audiovisual filmography that ranges from series such as Crown To simpsons and in movies like Queen (2006), in which Helen Mirren represents the difficult days after the death of Diana of Wales or other present-day people such as wig (2021), focuses more on the life of the latter, but where a significant part of the Queen’s personality is shown.

In the field of music, it is impossible not to miss the historical bands that have referred to the Queen, such as The Queen, The Beatles, The Smiths and, of course, the Sex Pistols.

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In fact, it could be said that Elizabeth II was a collection of one of the greatest punk anthems of the 70s. God Save the QueenConceived as an anti-republican, conservative and defiant ode, the Queen of England remains in collective memory as a punk tribute dedicated to Her Majesty, crowning her as one of her muse, more than an insult.

Isabel II’s musical legacy has crossed borders, inspiring Spanish bands such as Pero or Grupo de Expertos Solínive in Spain. there are such artists Ozzy Osbournewho has shamelessly expressed their sympathy for the Queen’s figure, others have been outspoken in their way of criticizing her, such as Robert Smith of The Cure, who dared to say that “any sort of hereditary privilege Simply wrong. It’s not just anti-democratic, it’s inherently wrong.”

This has led to a division of ideas even within the same group, for example Sir Paul McCartney proudly claimed his status as a knight and the Empire Medal given to him by Elizabeth herself, John Lennon. Withdrew in protest of British support. Vietnam War. Although his death has served that there are artists like Johnny Rotten who have taken the opportunity to make peace that, after all, have been his muse.

Be that as it may, the symbolic presence of Queen Elizabeth II has always been more than a merchandise product. It is about a queen who is able to become pregnant with her special mark, everything that happened in her country and the whole process of cultural change, especially in the West, ever since her coronation aired on television, like That his constant gestures make contact with everyone, which explains the impressive global impact of his death.