by Angus Reid | June 3, 2022 1:32 pm
Vancouver — “God Save the Queen/A fascist regime…/God Save the Queen/We mean it man,” British punk band the Sex Pistols riffed off the British anthem in 1977 as economic turbulence, Euro-skepticism, anti-immigrant sentiment and anti-royal feeling ran high in the run-up to Queen Elizabeth II’s Silver Jubilee that same year.
The Windsors weathered the storm, and the many that came after. But on the occasion of the queen’s Platinum Jubilee on Thursday, marking 70 years on the throne, the fanfare is marred by some of the same discordant notes — only now, the future of the monarchy outside Britain is less clear.
At 96, Elizabeth is the star of a fete thrown with the knowledge that this may well be the last huzzah of an empire that once spanned the centuries and stretched across the world. Its most beloved and convincing symbol is in the deep twilight of her life.
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