Born Farrokh Bulsara as a Zoroastrian Parsi in Zanzibar (fun words all), it’s hard to think of him as anything but thoroughly British, though his childhood was spent in both Zanzibar and India. But hey, guess what! Zanzibar was a British protectorate from the late 1800s to mid-1960s, and India, well, read this 6,000-word summary on the East India Company. His father worked for the British government, and he went to a British boarding school in Bombay, but didn’t actually move to Britain until he was 17, nearly an adult.
Just think! If it hadn’t been for all of those centuries of colonialism and oppression and land-grabbing, that beautiful, flouncy, powerhouse of a man would never have existed.
And thus ends my tenuous excuse to post some Queen videos: