Queen Elizabeth II has been turned into an NFT and the internet is grumpy

Queen Elizabeth II has been turned into an NFT and the internet is grumpy

Credit: Chris Jackson/Getty Images/OpenSea

Really?

Just hours after her death, Queen Elizabeth II and the British royal family already has to deal with the lowest form of brother shame. The terrorists went and turned the late monarch into the most endangered commodity — the NFT. A dark day for Britain indeed.

For those unlucky enough to have NFTs boringly explained to them by an “entrepreneur” at a cocktail party, they are a uniquely identifiable digital asset, the record of which is kept on the blockchain (which itself is a form of digital record-keeping, held together by cryptography). If you still don’t wince, congratulations! Blockchains are also the basis of cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin. Due to the supposed individual nature of each token, NFTs can be traded just like certain physical assets such as, say, an image. At least that’s the theory, more or less.

Of course, people react as one might expect.

This is not the first time the Queen has been featured in the NFT. There are actually many queen NFTs. OpenSea, an American NFT marketplace based in New York, features as many as 11 NFTs that use the image or likeness of Elizabeth II or even parts of her regalia such as the royal sceptre.

However, this is the first NFT to use the Queen’s likeness after her death — and it should be noted that the maker didn’t even bother with a digital image or actual artwork, but rather a literal photo of the Queen with a pair of angel wings affixed to it. It is far from a royal portrait.

It’s enough to make even an ardent anti-monarchist wince.

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