The Queen’s Silver Jubilee in 1977 has early resonant memories for me. This image, although from the 1953 coronation, was in circulation at this time, reproduced jubilantly on celebratory novelties. It’s a beautifully crafted image, with all the hallmarks of Beaton’s
At the same time, paradoxically I was aware of the
punk scene: an older extended family member, a wild child, was causing a scandal, falling off the back of doubledecker buses in Camden Town, resplendent with brightly coloured mohican hair, safety pins through cheeks, dark swirling dangerous make-up – I wanted to
be ‘grown up’ and part of this gang.
Although they are at complete odds with each other ideologically, visually they are both utterly fascinating
and iconic. As a child you saw the queen and the punks
as all the same, there were no politics involved, they
were both fabulous in equal measure.