There was a time when the world revolved around British splendour, a glorious era associated with the name of its Queen Victoria. The United Kingdom was a great empire with influence on all the continents of the world and great industrial, economic and cultural progress danced to the tune of London.
The Great Exhibition of 1851 at the Crystal Palace was the center of all there was to know in a new world marked by the Industrial Revolution and earlier globalization.
The English 19th century is, without a doubt, the century of Victoria, the great queen on whom Elizabeth II decided to focus 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 reign was to establish her image, and therefore the crown, as one of the greatest symbols of mass culture.
Throughout her life, the late queen has been known to completely immerse herself in the eclectic and changing mix that makes up all things pop culture. A scenario where Isabel II is particularly comfortable, modernizing and promoting one of the oldest institutions in the world, without losing seriousness, gets to be part of the most popular classes and their lives.
If the United Kingdom was able to lose its political hegemony in the 20th century, its queen knew how to follow the rhythm of the cultural evolutions so important for the identity construction of a collective society.
With better or worse intentions, the recognition of the image of Elizabeth II as an essential figure in understanding the cult of personality in modern monarchies is undeniable. Great artists like Andy Warhol or Lucian Freud explored their facial recognition through painting. He has also been featured in an extensive audiovisual filmography that ranges from series such as Crown To simpson and in movies like Queen (2006), in which Helen Mirren depicts the difficult days after the death of Diana of Wales or other people today such as wig (2021), focuses more on the life of the latter, but where an important part of the personality of the queen is shown.
In the field of music, it is impossible not to miss the historical groups that have made reference to the Queen, such as The Queen, The Beatles, The Smiths and, of course, the Sex Pistols.
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Sex Pistol – God Save The Queen
In fact, you could say 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 provocative ode, the Queen of England lives on in collective memory as a dedicated punk tribute to Her Majesty, crowning her as one of her muses, more than an insult.
Isabel II’s musical legacy has crossed borders, inspiring Spanish groups such as Pero or Grupo de Expertos Solínive in Spain. there are such artists Ozzy Osbournewho unabashedly expressed their sympathy for the figure of the Queen, others were outspoken in their criticism of her, such as Robert Smith of The Cure, who dared to say that “any kind of hereditary privilege is just plain wrong. It’s not just undemocratic, it’s inherently wrong.
This led to a division of ideas even within the same group, for example Sir Paul McCartney proudly claimed his knighthood and the Empire Medal given to him by Elizabeth herself, John Lennon. Withdrawn in protest of British support. Vietnam War. Although his death served that there were artists like Johnny Rotten who took advantage of it to make peace who, after all, were his muse.
Be that as it may, the symbolic presence of Queen Elizabeth II has always been more than a commodity. It is about a queen able to get pregnant with her special mark, everything that has happened in her country and the whole process of cultural change, especially in the West, since her coronation broadcast on television, like that his constant gestures come into contact with everyone, which explains the impressive global impact of his death.