LONDON (AP) — In Britain, there are several traditional elements to a royal anniversary: pageants, street parties…and the Sex Pistols.
Queen Elizabeth II and the Pistols have been linked since the punk pioneers released the song “God Save the Queen” during the monarch’s 1977 Silver Jubilee. The anti-authoritarian anthem has been re-released to mark the queen’s Platinum Jubilee, her 70 years on the throne. It’s one of a raft of cultural tie-ins spurred by the royal milestone, including exhibitions, auctions and concerts. Members of the band that rhymed “God save the queen” with “fascist regime” have mellowed.
Pistols singer John Lydon says he’s “proud of the queen,” and guitarist Steve Jones says he’s “not against” the jubilee celebrations.
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