Perhaps Malcolm McLaren's son had a point when he burned €6 million worth of punk memorabilia to declare punk officially 'dead'.

It seems that the ideology of the musical movement is not what it used to be, at least, and now even Johnny Rotten himself has spoken out in favour of the reigning monarch that his band once railed against.

Sex Pistols frontman John Lydon said in an interview with The Quietus that he does not want the punk icons' hit 'God Save the Queen' to be played (or chart) when Elizabeth II dies, as 'Ding Dong the Witch is Dead' did when Margaret Thatcher died.

"That's about a political situation and the demand for obedience to a monarchy I don’t believe in,” he said. “She’s a human being and I will sorely miss her as a human being on planet Earth… It’s not her fault she was born into a gilded cage. Long may she live.”

Flying pigs, anyone?