Art, music and film tackled Queen Elizabeth II from parody to pop icon

From art, music and cinema, the British queen Elizabeth II, who died today at the age of 96, was approached as a pop icon or parodied figure and the works of the artist Andy Warhol, the songs of the Sex Pistols and the Beatles until the representation in the Netflix series “The Crown” or the movie “The Queen”.

Warhol turned to the official Silver Jubilee photograph (1977), taken by photographer Peter Grugeon (1918–80) at Windsor Castle in 1975, to create a color screen print of Queen Elizabeth II. It was part of the ‘Reigning Queens’ series that brought together the faces of four monarchs: Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom, Queen Margarethe II of Denmark, Queen Ntombi Twala of Swaziland and Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands.

In the field of art, in addition to Warhol, Annie Leibovitz, Cecil Beaton and Doroty Wilding, Justin Mortimer also recovered the figure of the monarch who claimed the occupation of the Malvinas Islands. He did so in “The Queen” (1997), commissioned by the Royal Society of the Arts to commemorate her 50th anniversary and officially unveiled in May 1998.

“God save the queen, she is not a human being, and there is no future in the dreams of England”, expressed the Sex Pistols in their song “God The Save the Queen”, which was presented in 1977, in the middle of the 25 Queen’s Jubilee Anniversary. The cover of the single, with its face and eyes and mouth hidden by the names of the group, became one of the most well-known images of the punk movement.

The BBC chain and the network of private broadcasters in England prohibited the diffusion of the subject but the single sold steadily and became the most expensive in history.

He also had songs from bands like the Smiths, who dedicated the song “The Queen Is Dead” to him, or the Beatles, who did the same with “Her Majesty”.

The Smiths theme is part of their third album, with strong references to the situation at that time. The album was originally going to be called “Margaret on the Guillotine” in reference to then-British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.

In “Her Majesty”, the Beatles described her as “a very nice girl”, although they expressed that the queen “didn’t have much to say”. “Her Majesty of her is a very nice girl. But she changes day after day,” she noted.

In recent times, it was the center of the series “The Crown”, produced and broadcast by the Netflix platform, which reviews the history of the British Royal House from the moment Elizabeth II took the reins of the crown. The series, known for being the most expensive production in history so far, has had four seasons and 40 episodes to date since it debuted in November 2016 and the fifth season is scheduled to premiere on November 22, in which the actress Imelda Staunton will personify the monarch in her most contemporary version.

Before, in 2006, it was represented by Helen Mirren in the cinema in the film “The Queen”, directed by Stephen Frears, in which the center is the death of Princess Diana of Wales and its impact on the British royal family.


Art, music and film tackled Queen Elizabeth II from parody to pop icon