Royal life has been the subject of numerous fiction films and documentaries.
Queen Elizabeth II, her father George VI and Princess Diana are just a few of the royals portrayed by stage and film stars.
Here are some of the best films to have covered the great drama of life behind the palace walls.
1. The King’s Speech (2010)
Colin Firth won an Oscar in 2011 for his portrayal of King George VI, the late father of the current Queen.
The actor starred in The King’s Speech, who chose a less told story of the abdication crisis of 1936.
Elizabeth’s father was not supposed to be king but ascended to the throne after her brother Edward VIII abdicated to marry Wallis Simpson, an American divorcee.
The film depicts George VI’s struggle to overcome his stuttering with the help of speech therapy from Australian actor Lionel Logue, played by Geoffrey Rush.
2. The Queen (2006)
Helen Mirren plays Elizabeth during one of the royal family’s darkest times immediately after Princess Diana’s death in a car crash in Paris in 1997.
Prince Harry and Prince William were with the Royal Family at Queen Balmoral’s Scottish Castle when their mother died.
The Queen tells the story of the family’s efforts to mourn in private during a time of unprecedented public mourning.
Next, Prime Minister Tony Blair, who described Diana as the ‘People’s Princess’, is portrayed by Michael Sheen trying to convince the family to return to London.
3. Harry and Meghan: a royal romance (2018)
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle told their story on one of the world’s biggest stages, a prime-time Oprah Winfrey special.
However, Lifetime has also released two accounts of their romance, with a third in the works.
They started the ball rolling with Harry and Meghan: a royal romance, released in 2018 just days before the royal wedding in May.
They followed this up in 2019 with Harry & Meghan: Becoming Royal, which told the story of their first year of marriage.
Now they have announced a third Harry and Meghan: escape from the palace, which began to sink, Town and Country reported.
4. Mary Queen of Scots (2018)
Cinema 2018 Mary Queen of Scots explores the conflict between two female royal leaders in a male-dominated world.
Catholic Mary Stuart (Saoirse Ronan) returns to Scotland from France to claim the throne after the death of her husband, the King of France.
Protestant Elizabeth I (Margot Robbie) is the Queen of England but is heiress and threatened by Mary’s challenge to her throne in 16th century Britain.
5. The other Boleyn girl (2008)
the Other girl Boleyn was adapted for the screen of the bestselling novel of the same name by Philippa Gregory.
It tells the story of the attempts of Anne Boleyn, played by Natalie Portman, and her sister Mary (Scarlett Johansson) to win the heart of Henry VIII (Eric Bana) of England.
Those familiar with royal history will know that Anne was successful, despite eventually becoming the second of the King’s sadly hapless wives.
Distributor Sony Pictures’ website states, “What starts off as an opportunity for girls to increase family fortunes becomes a deadly rivalry to capture a king’s heart and stay alive.”
6. The favourite (2018)
The favourite tells the story of a reluctant leader, Queen Anne (Olivia Colman) who lets her secret lover, Lady Sarah (Rachel Weisz), wage her war with France as she indulges in insignificant hobbies like duck race.
However, new maid Abigail (Emma Stone) upsets the careful balance of power within the palace when she arrives, seeking to win Anne’s affection.
7. The Madness of King George (1994)
Oscar and Bafta winner The Madness of King George recounted how George III’s mental health issues sparked the Regency Crisis of 1788.
The film depicts the Prince of Wales’ efforts to have his father found disabled so he can assume power through a Regency Act passed by Parliament.
8. Young Victoria (2009)
In Young Victoria, Emily Blunt brings the 19th century British monarch’s ascension to the throne from princess to queen to life.
It shows her being harassed by her parents as a teenager, then falling in love with German cousin Prince Albert (Rupert Friend).
9. roman holidays (1953)
Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck star in the 1953 classic roman holidays directed by William Wyler.
While Peck was a star before the film, it was Hepburn’s defining role and saw her play the fictional Princess Ann who, fed up with royal life, makes a disappearance act amid a state visit to Italy .
Sleepy because of a sedative, she falls asleep on a bench and is discovered by the journalist Peck who does not recognize her, takes her for drunkenness and lets her sleep on her sofa.
He finds out the next day that his Big Story of the Day, an event featuring Princess Ann, has been canceled and he realizes that he has unwittingly welcomed royalty.
He takes her on a tour of Rome, pretending not to know her true identity.
ten. Grace of Monaco (2014)
Outside of British royalty, Grace of Monaco tells the fictional story of the life of Hollywood star Grace Kelly married to Prince Ranier III.
Against the backdrop of tensions between Monaco and France in 1962, it shows Alfred Hitchcock attempting to bring the actress back to Hollywood to shoot a new film. Marnie.
11. Diana: the musical (2021)
A phoenix from its ashes, Diana: the musical was intended for a run on Broadway in March 2020 only to have the pandemic ruin it all.
However, it was shot without an audience and the recording will air on Netflix from October 1, before returning to the stage in New York two months later. Digital spy reported.
The next Princess Diana biopic has yet to be released, but it’s highly anticipated this fall and stars Kristen Stewart.
Spencer will feature Princess Diana turning her back on her marriage to Prince Charles and realizing that she wants to be the woman she was before royalty again.
It takes place during the winter of 1991, during the Royal Family’s Christmas at Sandringham the year before she and the Prince of Wales went their separate ways.
However, its historical accuracy has already been called into question, as royal experts have already said. News week that Diana was not at Sandringham that year and that it was Charles, not Diana, who was the cause of their separation.
Cited in Town and Country, director Pablo Larraín said: “We decided to embark on a story about identity and how a woman decides, one way or another, not to be the queen.
“It’s a woman who, during the film’s journey, decides and realizes that she wants to be the woman she was before she met Charles.”