Queen as merchandise, muse for artists, fans

For a lifetime, she was everywhere at once.

Queen Elizabeth II was a historical sovereign, of course, but she was also a commodity, an artist’s muse, a vehicle for self-expression in the streets, many streets in fact, far beyond those of the Britain.

At 96, Britain’s longest-serving monarch died on September 8 after a 70-year reign, but her face lives on, including her world-famous profile. She wore sculptures, gallery works – a huge portrait in Kosovo made entirely of corn, peas and beans.

The commodity machine of the world has produced enough tchotchkes to last another 70 years, perhaps. And they didn’t forget about his beloved corgis that thrilled fans.

During her weeks of platinum jubilee celebrations which ended in June, the Sydney Opera House was lit up purple for the Queen who said little about her private life as she carried out her public duties . In death, his face was projected onto the iconic structure, and an electronics store in downtown Nairobi, Kenya, set all screens available for sale to media coverage.

Floral memorials quickly spread around the world.

From her Hermès tiaras, hats and scarves to her Launer handbags and even her umbrellas, the Queen’s style has been hyper-documented from her birth, her days as a young princess, her ascension to the throne and her sunset years. .

She was neither a trendsetter nor a trendsetter, but that face will remain on the shelves of souvenir shops and in the hearts of fans who are also creators for years to come, long after her in memoriam profile was done in glitter paint. on a tree near Buckingham Palace is washed a way.

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