Queen Elizabeth II’s Influences on Culture, Art and Architecture

Queen Elizabeth II in pop culture

In the announcement of the Royal House on September 8, 2022, ‘The Queen passed away peacefully this afternoon in Balmoral’ at the age of 96, ending the tallest monarch in British history for seven decades. Queen Elizabeth II influenced pop culture from entertainment to the arts, even showing up for cameo roles such as her famous performance for the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympics with James Bond, played by Daniel Craig, and her recent Platinum Party with Paddington Bear. in the Royal Palace.

The Queen also appeared in the American animated sitcom ‘The Simpsons’ where she got into a car accident in one of the episodes. For decades, Queen Elizabeth II was a recognizable icon around the world, regardless of industry. Pop culture served as a means of reinforcing the queen’s iconography, her name and image even appearing in some of the well-known pop and rock songs and albums in recent years.


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Paul McCartney wrote the song ‘Her Majesty’ (1969) in tribute to the Queen, a 26-second hidden track on the Beatles’ Abbey Road album. In 2002, he even performed the song at Buckingham Palace Gardens for the Queen’s Golden Jubilee concert. The single from the Sex Pistol ‘God save the queen’ turned into an icon in the punk movement with the Queen’s eyes and mouth covered in pasted words of the song title and the band’s name.

In TV and movies, Helen Mirren won the Oscars for her role as Queen Elizabeth II in Stephen Frears’ 2006 film ‘The Queen’, while TV series ‘The crown’ – which follows a portrayal of the life of the royal family – has featured award-winning actresses in the roles of Queen Elizabeth II, such as Olivia Coleman and Claire Foy.

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image courtesy of Sex Pistols, via facebook | Single cover of ‘God Save the Queen’ by Sex Pistols

Queen Elizabeth II in Art and Architecture

In the art field, pop artist Andy Warhol celebrates the Queen through his screen printing technique and series ‘Reigning Queens’ (1985). In this portfolio, the American artist has 16 colorful prints of the four reigning queens at the time he created the series, including Queen Elizabeth II of England. Warhol was inspired by the photo of the Queen taken in 1977 for her silver jubilee.

In terms of design and architecture, Queen Elizabeth II’s legacy can stem from her inauguration of several British establishments and buildings, including The Queen’s Building (1955) in Heathrow and The Commonwealth Institute (1962) and the Royal National Theater (1976). ) in London.

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Matthew Burgos | design tree

09 Sep 2022