The single was released on 27 May 1977, and was regarded by much of the general public to be an assault on Queen Elizabeth II and the monarchy. The title is taken directly from "God Save the Queen", the national anthem of the United Kingdom. At the time it was highly controversial, firstly for its equation of the Queen with a "fascist regime", and secondly for its claim that England had "no future".
Before the group signed to Virgin, a small number of copies of "God Save the Queen" had been pressed on the A&M
label. These are now among the most valuable records ever pressed in
the UK, with a resale value as of 2006 of between £500 to £13,000 a
copy, depending on condition of the disc.
The B-side of the A&M single was "No Feeling" (without an 's'), an
early rough mix or performance of "No Feelings". (A later version was
released on the Pistols' debut album.) Record Collector magazine named the A&M single the most collectable record of all time.