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Queen Logo’s Origin Story, Which Was Deleted From ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ Film
By Mikelle Leow, 03 Dec 2018
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The late Freddie Mercury not only gave legendary rock band Queen its voice, but he also designed its iconically majestic emblem.
Mercury had pursued an Art and Graphic Design degree at Ealing Art College, now called the Ealing campus of University of West London, making him the most suitable member of Queen to design its logo.
Called the ‘Queen’s crest’, the emblem made its debut on the back of Queen’s first album sleeve, and was a simple line illustration then (shown below). Over time, the crest was polished to become the regal pictomark that’s possibly as quintessential as the group’s name.
The logo comprises the zodiac signs of the four members: two lions represent Leo (drummer Roger Taylor and bassist John Deacon); a crab references Cancer (guitarist Brian May); two fairies symbolize Virgo (Mercury).
A ‘Q’ monogram and crown sit between the lions, and a phoenix watches over the whole symbol.
In its entirety, the crest seems to pay homage to the elegant British coat of arms.
Unfortunately, the scene detailing the logo’s origins was deleted from the over two-hour-long Bohemian Rhapsody biopic due to time constraints, but here’s hoping it would reappear in the Blu-ray or DVD copies of the film.
Original crest designed by Freddie Mercury
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Queen logo on the Greatest Hits II album
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[via Smooth Radio and Collider, images via various sources]
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