I see absolutely no point in re-issuing God Save the Queen to coincide with the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. As much as I despise the royal family, the re-release of this song will only serve to diminish its initial impact. There is nothing worse than corporations trying to capitalize on the past with anemic attempts to re-create it.
You will never be able to capture the moment of spontaneity that is capture in it original incarnation. Check out the film, The Filth and the Fury (reviewed here), if you wish to fully understand its initial impact.
I would also like to congratulate Johnny Rotten, for wanting nothing to do with its cynical re-release.