Platinum Jubilee

The United Kingdom’s Queen Elizabeth II is celebrating her Platinum Jubilee, commemorating 70 years on the throne. The Sex Pistols are observing this milestone by re-releasing their 1977 hit record “God Bless the Queen,” originally released on Liz’s 25-year Silver Jubilee. Back then the disk blew up the charts despite being banned from the nation’s radio airwaves.

The Pistols aren’t the only platinum profiteers. Brits are buying over $350 million in Jubilee merch and memorabilia. Add that to the unknown millions in public funds spent on 3,517 public events and the cost of lost labor during the two-day national holiday, you’re talking heavy pound sterling poundage.


“Sex Pistols aim to give queen’s jubilee a touch of punk,” Jill Lawless, Associated Press

“Brits to celebrate Queen’s Jubilee by spending millions on royal memorabilia,” Joanna York, France 24

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