The Daily Telegraph

Sex Pistol changes tune about the Queen

- By Lydia Willgress

JOHN LYDON has revealed he will “sorely miss” the Queen when she dies, adding that he loves the pageantry that surrounds the Royal family.

The Sex Pistols singer, 61, said: “Long may she live,” and added that he hoped no one would misuse the band’s version of God Save the Queen when she eventually passed away.

The song, which was released in 1977, includes lyrics that compare the monarchy with a “fascist regime” and claim the Queen is “not a human be- ing”. It was banned by the BBC and the Independen­t Broadcasti­ng Authority.

But speaking to rock and pop website The Quietus, Lydon, also known as Johnny Rotten, said: “I will sorely miss her as a human being on planet Earth. It is not her fault she was born into a gilded cage. I don’t know about the ‘reign’ part, but long may she live.”

He admitted he “loved that last wedding”, thought to mean that of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in 2012.

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John Lydon said he did not blame the monarch for being born into ‘a gilded cage’

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