The Queen

With a simple title like The Queen, how could it be anyone other than Queen Elizabeth II of England? In fact, I can’t offhand name any other queen in the world.

The saga starts with the auto crash death of Princess Diana in 1997, who was divorced from her husband Prince Charles after giving birth to William and Harry.  After the divorce she developed a flair for “living it up” and cavorting with various “un-royal” types, which contributed to her untimely death at a young age.

The Queen, played by Helen Mirren, who later won an Oscar for her performance, wasn’t terribly sympathetic to Diana’s death and refused to go from her country estate to London where the body laid at rest and refused, at first, to lower the flag to half mast on Buckingham Palace.

Along comes Tony Blair, played by Michael Sheen, to convince the Queen she should abandon old traditions and join the thousands of Brits who were mourning Diana’s sudden death.

Did the Queen succumb? Watch the movie to see.

Now, this is a good flick. Not only was the acting superb, the story was compelling and frankly a bit of a surprise to me, because I wasn’t aware all these shenanigans went on in the week following Diana’s death. Who knew Tony Blair had the pizazz to convince the Queen, steeped in centuries of tradition, to modernize to the 20th century way of life. A definite “Yes”.

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