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Queen Elizabeth Finds The King's Speech "Moving and Enjoyable"

by Sophia Savage
February 4, 2011 9:16 AM
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Her Royal Highness, Queen Elizabeth, has viewed The King's Speech in a private screening at Sandringham. King George VI's young daughter Elizabeth is portrayed by Freya Wilson in the film. According to The Sun's source, the Queen "loves a good film. The King's Speech is close to the bone as it is a portrayal of her family in the 1930s." She found it to be both "moving and enjoyable" and "was clearly amused by some of the lighter moments." That's one more for team King's Speech. Your move, Social Network.

Screenwriter David Seidler, for whom The King's Speech was a long gestating passion project, says:

“To learn Her Majesty has seen the film, and was moved, in turn moves and humbles me greatly.  When, thirty years ago, the Queen Mother asked me to wait and not tell this story during her lifetime, because the memory of these events was still too painful, I realized the depths of the emotions involved.  Now this story has been written and filmed with a great deal of love, admiration, and respect for Her Majesty’s father.  That Her Majesty has responded favorably to this, is wonderfully gratifying.”

The Weinstein Co.'s Harvey Weinstein states: "On behalf of the director Tom Hooper; the producers, Iain Canning, Emile Sherman, Gareth Unwin; Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush, Helena Bonham Carter and our entire ensemble cast: we are deeply honored and humbled by Her Majesty’s appreciation of the film.  It was a labor of love for all of us and this is high praise, indeed.”


  • Ilse Schaffner | April 5, 2013 2:50 PMReply

    Correction of article : Queen Elizabeth's title is "Her Majesty", not "Her Royal Highness" as listed in the article.

  • Dani3l | June 2, 2012 5:26 AMReply

    @ Pam - this story has carried in other papers as well, but apparently citing The Sun's source. It is -Buckingham Palace- policy not to discuss anything about HM the Queen's private entertainment, but this was screened at Sandringham. And obviously the staff there have to be discreet, but a bit is known regarding the Queen's holiday time. She does use it to catch up on films and television, which she does enjoy but for which she can make little time while working. Sandrinham and Balmoral are where she gets to have some time off. On that basis, this report is credible, including the amusement at the lighter parts - i.e. the swearing made her giggle. Totally in character for what little we know of the private side of the Queen, who does love to laugh.

  • Brad Whitley | February 8, 2011 4:22 AMReply

    Stupid! It's not "Her Royal Highness" -- that's for a princess.
    The monarch is always "Her Majesty". Duh!

  • @OrsomWhales | February 5, 2011 7:09 AMReply

    Still feels like a meditation on the dangers of in-breeding.

  • Laura | February 5, 2011 5:52 AMReply

    My personal preference is that I would rather see films rewarded which have something positive and meaningful to contribute to society.

    I actually enjoyed both movies -- though I liked both of them less than the critics -- but for me THE SOCIAL NETWORK was pretty much the DALLAS soap opera translated to the world of backstabbing college computer geeks, with Sorkin's "walk and talk" style from THE WEST WING mixed in. Entertaining, but far from great art. It doesn't work for me as Picture of the Year on multiple levels.

    This is merely one person's opinion, which is what makes the world -- or the Oscars -- go 'round.

    Best wishes,

  • bee | February 5, 2011 4:05 AMReply

    OK Laura I don't get what you're saying, a good movie has to say something positive about "human condition" to be a good one huh?...
    btw this The King Speech vs The Social Network "feud" needs to end, the Oscars are nothing more than a popularity contest, it's meaningless. They're both good movies. enough

  • Laura | February 5, 2011 3:52 AMReply

    Funny thing given another comment here, but THE SOCIAL NETWORK struck me as nothing more than the level of a high-quality TV movie. It also doesn't have much positive to say about the human condition. It's interesting, but I think someday people may wonder why critics were so slavish in their praise of it.

  • Luis | February 5, 2011 3:49 AMReply

    Get ready for Sir Colin Firth and Dame Helena Bonham Carter?

  • Pam | February 4, 2011 11:35 AMReply

    Is there another source for this? Because the Sun is pretty much Britain's version of the National Enquirer. Also, I thought it was palace policy not to comment on fictional portrayals of the royal family.

    I love this movie and would love to believe this is true, but I don't buy it unless a more reliable source comes forward.

  • Michelle | February 4, 2011 10:46 AMReply

    Her Majesty has spoken. Can we just give Tom Hooper & Co. the Oscar already? Long live the Queen! :D

  • Mark | February 4, 2011 9:57 AMReply

    The King's Speech is the happy-happy joy-joy TV movie of the moment. The Social Network is art for the ages. The Oscars are meaningless, why do so many film critics devote 90% of their year slavishly covering them?

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