By Royal appointment – the Queen’s cultural likes and dislikes


Over her lifetime, Queen Elizabeth II witnessed probably the best shift in creative tastes to occur throughout a century.

When Elizabeth II was born in 1926, black-and-white silent movie was the norm, jazz was thought of a brand new style, and modernist literature was all the trend.

Within the many years that will observe, she would see the expansion of tv, the pop music revolution of the 60s, and rising recognition of a much more various vary of artists.

However which artists rank among the many Queen’s favourites? 


When the information was introduced of Elizabeth II’s passing on the eighth of September, the primary tune within the UK charts was B.O.T.A. (Baddest of all of them) by Eliza Rose and Interplanetary Felony.

However whereas within the final decade of her life, the British music scene has been predominated by home and dirt tracks, the Queen’s tastes, maybe unsurprisingly, was slightly extra old-fashioned.

In 2016 she revealed her favorite songs. They have been principally made up of present tunes from musicals, hymns, and a few traditional crooners. No point out of Stormzy, however she was 96. What did you count on?

Of her high 10, she included musical numbers ‘Oklahoma!’ by Howard Keel and ‘Something You Can Do (Annie Get Your Gun)’ by Dolores Grey and Invoice Johnson.

There have been the hymns ‘Reward, My Soul, The King Of Heaven’ and ‘The Lord is My Shepherd’.

Additionally featured have been 30s and 40s classics ‘Cheek to Cheek’ by Fred Astaire, ‘The White Cliffs Of Dover’ by Vera Lynn, and ‘Leaning on a Lamp-post’ by George Formby

Elizabeth II referenced one other Vera Lynn tune, ‘We’ll Meet Once more’ when addressing the UK in 2020 at first of the pandemic lockdown.

Most shocking on the record although is an entry from Take That’s frontman Gary Barlow. The Queen particularly talked about her enjoyment of ‘Sing’ by Barlow when he carried out it with the Commonwealth Band for her jubilee celebrations in 2012.

Apparently, she additionally had a really mushy spot for ‘Dancing Queen’ by ABBA. Fairly becoming, actually.


All through her life, the Queen was continuously the topic of portraits, official and unofficial. From Pietro Annigoni regal depiction in 1954 to Lucian Freud’s intimate rendering of her humanity, Elizabeth II appreciated the worth of a superb portray.

However who have been her personal favorite artists?

Of all of the work in her assortment, it’s stated that her favorite was ‘The Shipbuilder and his Spouse’, a 1633 masterpiece by the Dutch grasp Rembrandt. By Rembrandt’s mastery of sunshine and bodily options, he exhibits a candid scene of a spouse interrupting her husband’s work. It’s a playful scene that doubtless would have accorded with Elizabeth’s sense of humour.

A recent artist with royal associations is David Hockney.

In his scholar days, he painted ‘Queen’, a humorous piece during which Hockney juxtaposes the title of the Queen with Cliff Richard’s initials, who he was a large fan of on the time.

Since then, Hockney has grow to be one of the vital celebrated artists within the British Isles. In 2012 he was awarded the Order of Advantage, an honour bestowed on solely 24 folks at any time by the crown for his or her contribution to the humanities or sciences.

In 2018, he designed a stained glass window referred to as ‘The Queen’s Window’ at Westminster Abbey.

Movie and TV

Whereas it’s not totally confirmed, one of many longest operating rumours of the Queen’s favorite movies is kind of a shock.

Apparently, Elizabeth II couldn’t get sufficient of 80s sci-fi traditional Flash Gordon. With a theme tune written – appropriately – by Queen, Flash Gordon’s hammy sci-fi journey was a staple of Elizabeth’s Christmas watches along with her grandkids.

A minimum of, that’s what Flash Gordon star Brian Blessed stated in an interview in 2020. Apparently, she even requested him to repeat some catchphrases from the movie to her.

On TV, a member of her workers stated her favorite present was the police cleaning soap ‘The Invoice’ till it was taken off air in 2010. She’s additionally professed an enjoyment for ‘Physician Who’ and ‘Downton Abbey’.

A supply has additionally stated that the Queen had a Netflix account and even watched ‘The Crown’. No remark although on how correct she discovered it.

What didn’t she like?

As a figurehead, the Queen didn’t reveal usually what she wasn’t a lot a fan of. However just a few little particulars have fallen via the cracks.

Whereas few bands may very well be extra ingrained within the British psyche than the Beatles, apparently she wasn’t the most important fan of John Lennon. Though all of the members of the fab 4 acquired MBEs from the Queen in 1965, Lennon is the one one who gave his again.

On the time it was fairly unprecedented to provide artists MBEs and a few earlier recipients gave theirs again in protest. On the time, Lennon stated “They received them for killing folks. We received ours for entertaining. I’d say we deserve ours extra.”

Later, Lennon returned his MBE citing the UK’s involvement in conflict as his reasoning. In keeping with royal correspondent Talbot Church, palace insiders stated the Queen was “delighted and relieved” that the “vulgar” Beatle did so.

She was additionally not a fan of the sport Monopoly. Apparently it was utterly banned from being performed within the Royal family. Anybody who’s endured a tense Christmas after your uncle forces you to remortgage your properties will perceive that one although.



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