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God Save Wills and Kate by Johnny Rotten (Sex Pistols frontman Lydon wishes Royal couple well)
The Sun (U.K.) ^ | November 18, 2010 | SEAN HAMILTON

Posted on 11/18/2010 12:42:14 PM PST by Stoat

Well-wisher ... John Lydon famously railed against the monarchy in Sex Pistols anthem God Save The Queen

Well-wisher ... John Lydon famously railed against the monarchy in Sex Pistols anthem God Save The Queen


AS snarling punk idol Johnny Rotten, singer John Lydon famously railed against the monarchy in The Sex Pistols' Seventies anthem God Save The Queen.

So you might not expect him to join well-wishers queuing to congratulate Prince William and Kate. Here he tells SEAN HAMILTON why he wishes them well.

WHEN I heard William had popped the question to Kate, I had a nice cup of tea for them. Later on, I might even put some bucks fizz in my veins in their honour.

This is a beautiful love story and I like that. He's done very well for himself - she's bang on the money! He got the No1 contender.

People think I hate the Royal Family, but that's not true. My animosity is towards the institution, not the people themselves.

What I've always resented with the Royals was the austere nonsense that was being propagated.

But Willy and Katy look like they are genuinely in love and that's all I look for. That's what being a human being is all about. That is what is important in life.


He's marrying someone different to himself and that's wonderful - some mix and match.

They really appear to have stars in their eyes. I can see it, and that is a lovely thing. So much more important than diamonds and tiaras. I can't stand it when people have a jealous reaction to this - saying she is a gold-digger and he is marrying beneath him.

That horrible class thing always comes out in Britain and it's got to stop.

I've been arguing against all this silly "us and them" thing for 40 years. We always seem to descend to the lowest common denominator. Please don't rubbish this lot with jealousy. Leave them alone. They deserve a good chance.

Oddly enough, they look like a very nice suburban couple - they do not seem ostentatious or flamboyant. They are riding a fine line of trying to please everyone. But they really do care for each other, and there's too little of that.

They'd probably be happy with a small wedding. But in their situation the State requires a load of pomp and ceremony. And why not? I love a bit of flag-waving. I just hope it's a modern wedding which suits them.

I hate all that pedestrian traditionalism - all that dour Church of England Socialism. We don't want a dull service.

Bride-to-be ... future Princess Kate Middleton

Bride-to-be ... future Princess Kate Middleton


He does have that slightly shoddy look but he's all right. He could do with a little bit more sparkle in his life and - hopefully - she is it. Their whole romance is a lovely fairytale which they are lapping up in America. But because of the Lady Di connection there's a bit more common sense than when she got engaged.

When I was growing up there was a Mother Superior tone coming off the Queen and I found her to be repulsively, bitterly condescending. But I don't get that from this lot. They've mellowed that out. Charles is a really good-natured bloke who talks to plants. There's nothing wrong with that.

It really was a problem when I was young. We couldn't understand what that remote institution was all about. They were not value for money.

But Di firmly started laying the pathway out of all that. She was fantastic. Di introduced a different element to it all. She refused to turn up and just be a cartoon character in someone else's charade.

She stood up next to a huge Land Mine - which was British institutionalism.

I loved the fact William gave Kate Diana's engagement ring. I was talking to my wife Nora about it and we think that was a very genuine, deep thing to do.

It forms a very deep emotional bond. He could have burdened her with an heirloom from the other side of the family - something from the Queen's collection. How much worse would that have been? This is a signal that he's pulling in the other direction.

It will do wonders for Britain. Their wedding will become like an advertising campaign. Not deliberately - but it will.

It will put England back on the map and we'll be given a voice for the first time in ages. They get my backing to have a happy marriage. As people there's nothing wrong with them. Yippee.

There is a despondency looming over Britain just now. People need to open their eyes and see some good nature at work. I don't think Kate is just after his money and the title. There is more to this. It is love.

You look at him and - let's be honest - he's a dull-looking fella. But he must have something going for him and it's not just the job or the money. It's a position which carries very few rewards as you can see from how few of the marriages survive.

Privileged or not he has got into a situation where he can drive a search and rescue helicopter. And that's all right by me.

I love that. It's a lot more than I'm capable of. I have genuine admiration for him. There are several things I really respect - military, fire brigade, ambulance, search and rescue and lifeboats.

The Royals are all trapped in their situation. They win out less than the rest of us because they are only allowed to do less.

They are in the public eye so often and so relentlessly it's difficult to come to terms with. Luckily Miss Middleton seems to have thought this through - at least I hope so.

Being born into the Royal Family is like being born into a mental asylum. Marrying into it is not something to be taken lightly.

But she's had eight years to think it all through so, if it doesn't work out now, she only has herself to blame.

I felt very sorry for them when all the flashes were going off. You can't prepare anyone for that - I've been through it myself - let alone a life of pomp and ceremony. But I think they will find a way out of it.

Ultimately they are in love. And love is not a problem. In fact, it is a way out of most problems. I wish them well.


TOPICS: Music/Entertainment; Society
KEYWORDS: britain; england; greatbritain; johnlydon; johnnyrotten; music; pil; publicimage; publicimageltd; punk; punkrock; rock; rockandroll; rockmusic; royalfamily; sexpistols; uk; unitedkingdom
There is an embedded video from Sky News over at the Sun page which goes into a little bit of detail surrounding the circumstances and location where they became engaged.  We can't embed videos here at Free Republic so you'll need to go over to the Sun page to see it.  Here's the link again:


God save Wills & Kate...says Johnny Rotten The Sun News



Here are just a few related links which may be of interest.  Some of this is older material and, considering the source, a bad word or two may possibly be in evidence.  Gentle Readers are forewarned.

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YouTube - John Lydon Talks About Kate Bush - BBC Queens of Pop (2009)


YouTube - John Lydon's Shark Attack - Great White Shark

1 posted on 11/18/2010 12:42:20 PM PST by Stoat
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To: Stoat

The tabloids haven’t this happy since OJ.

2 posted on 11/18/2010 12:47:31 PM PST by VanDeKoik (1 million in stimulus dollars paid for this tagline!)
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To: Stoat

He would have never guessed it, I’d imagine; but rebellion pays well. Then you eventually don’t have to be a rebel anymore...

3 posted on 11/18/2010 12:48:38 PM PST by Sam's Army
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To: 537cant be wrong; Aeronaut; ├čudda├čudd; bassmaner; Bella_Bru; Big Guy and Rusty 99; Brian Allen; ..
What's Heino's take on it?

4 posted on 11/18/2010 12:52:03 PM PST by a fool in paradise (The establishment clause isn't just against my OWN government establishing state religion in America)
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To: weegee; KevinB

Ping :-)

5 posted on 11/18/2010 1:00:42 PM PST by Stoat (If you want a vision of the future, imagine a Birkenstock stamping on a human face... forever)
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To: windcliff


6 posted on 11/18/2010 1:13:51 PM PST by stylecouncilor (What Would Jim Thompson Do?)
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To: VanDeKoik

sick freaks.

7 posted on 11/18/2010 2:11:12 PM PST by SaraJohnson
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