--> "Uneasy lies the head that wears a crown" - '''Theatre/HenryIV, Part II'''

Award-winning 2006 drama about how the popular and media reaction to the death of Diana, Princess of Wales came to shape the relations between UsefulNotes/TheBritishRoyalFamily and the Blair government, with the main focus on the developing relationship between UsefulNotes/HMTheQueen (Creator/HelenMirren) and new Prime Minister UsefulNotes/TonyBlair (Creator/MichaelSheen).

Surprisingly low on actual Diana-presence (occasional bits of archive footage only), and generally treats all the characters rather more sympathetically than might have been expected, including such stock figures of media fun as Charles and Philip, and for that matter Tony Blair -- Cherie, however, is as smugly derisive as one would expect.

Mirren's performance [[OscarBait in the title role was highly praised]] and earned her multiple awards, including the [[UsefulNotes/AcademyAward Oscar]] for Best Actress.

The same production/writing/director team having made a previous film about Blair starring Sheen, 2003's ''Film/TheDeal2003'', ''The Queen'' is now [[strike: retconned]] viewed as the second installment in the "Blair Trilogy", which was concluded by ''The Special Relationship'' (about Blair and UsefulNotes/BillClinton, with some Blair/Bush towards the end) in 2010. It can also be seen as the first instalment of a Peter Morgan-penned cross-medium "Elizabeth II Trilogy" consisting of ''The Queen'', the 2013 play ''Theatre/TheAudience'' (portraying Her Majesty's audiences with her various Prime Ministers over the years), and the 2016-present television (well, "[[Creator/{{Netflix}} television]]") series ''[[Series/TheCrown2016 The Crown]]'' (portraying Elizabeth II's whole reign).
!!This film contains examples of:

* AndTheAdventureContinues: The film ends with Prime Minister Blair and Queen Elizabeth II discussing education reform as they walk the royal grounds, proving they had both settled into their new roles and are back at work...
* BadassBoast: Blair chews out Alistair Campbell when he insults the Queen three times in a row, Blair proudly explaining his admiration for the Queen for her sense of duty and dignity.
* BasedOnATrueStory - There was serious effort to get all the details of that week correct. Some of the events they couldn't confirm - such as Blair's private discussions with Elizabeth - were based on how the persons were known to say and behave.
** In fact, their take was so convincing that Blair, who claims not to have seen the movie, quoted from it when describing his first meeting with the Queen in his autobiography. Could it be PopculturalOsmosis? MemeticMutation? BlatantLies?
* BigRedButton: Invoked and hinted at during the first meeting between Blair and the Queen. The first question she asks him during their first meeting is whether he's been shown [[NuclearOption how to start a nuclear war]], and when he answers that he hasn't, goes on to claim that its always the first thing that new Prime Ministers are taught how to do.
* BornInTheWrongCentury: The Windsors are perpetually bewildered by the not-so-traditionally-British ways of the current Brits.
* BrickJoke: Directly after Diana's death, Charles voices his fears over being shot by an enraged Diana supporter. Much later in the film, when the Royal Family finally came out of Balmoral Castle, a motorbike backfires and Charles jumps and looks around in fright.
* CheshireCatGrin: Blair, [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] by the Queen Mother.
* CoolOldLady: The Queen ''and'' her mum.
* DeadpanSnarker: The Queen, and to some extent (and surprise) Prince Philip and the Queen Mother. Also (on the other side) Cherie Blair and Alastair Campbell.
* DefrostingIceQueen: The Queen
* [[EverybodyCallsHimBarkeep Everybody Calls Her The Queen]]: The Queen is always called "Your Majesty", "Ma'am", and Prince Philip calls her "[[CrowningMomentOfFunny Cabbage]]" (the real Prince Philip's actual nickname for her) at some point, with only a CNN newsreader referring to her as "Queen Elizabeth".
* {{Flanderization}}: Largely avoided, the Windsors (and the Blairs) are shown as rounded, if dysfunctional, people. If anything, this is probably the most toned-down version of Alastair Campbell's personality and role in politics you'll see (compare ''Series/TheThickOfIt'', just for starters).
** The film highlights that Prince Charles of all the Royals had the best sense of how people were going to react to Diana's death, and it shows him as genuinely upset when he visits Diana's coffin.
* ForegoneConclusion: Well obviously, but try watching the recreation of Diana leaving the Ritz hotel and being chased by photographers on motorbikes without getting a sinking feeling in the pit of your stomach.
* TheGhost: Diana, Princess of Wales.
* GranolaGirl: Yes, it's Charlie. Who also appears to be TheUnfavorite of both parents, even without any of his siblings being mentioned or shown.
* HeroWithBadPublicity: The Queen.
* HistoricalVillainUpgrade: Prince Phillip.
** Perhaps more of a Historical JerkAss upgrade, but only in regards to Diana.
* HypercompetentSidekick: AlistairCampbell for Blair and Robin Janvrin for the Royals.
* IKissYourHand: Blair does it for the Queen after she asks him to form a government. This is a faux pas, since the custom is supposed to be done symbolically, even though it's called "[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kissing_hands kissing hands]]"
* ImpersonationParadox: Largely averted - Sheen's Blair, in particular, is eerily like the real thing in voice and mannerisms, despite not looking all that much like UsefulNotes/TonyBlair.
* InsistentTerminology: "And remember, it's 'Ma'am' as in 'ham,' not 'Ma'am' as in 'farm.'"
* JerkAss: On both sides. Prince Phillip doesn't get all the furor and keeps giving his wife the Queen bad advice. Blair has to deal with Alastair constantly making rude remarks about the Royals, leading up to Blair's [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome passionate defense of the Queen]].
* KickTheDog:
--> '''Charles''': Why do they hate us so much?
--> '''The Queen''': Not ''us'', dear.
--> '''Charles''': What?
--> '''The Queen''': Hm?
* TheMentor: The Queen Mother, to whom The Queen goes for advice when relations with Blair (not to mention the media furor) reach a tipping point.
* NeverMessWithGranny: The Queen herself. Eventually, anyway.
* NotSoStoic: The Queen.
* PrecisionFStrike - The Queen -- yes, Her Royal Majesty -- when she busts an axle in her Range Rover:
-->Bugger it.
* RoyallyScrewedUp: UsefulNotes/TheHouseOfWindsor, unsurprisingly. But it's mostly presented as them simply being very out of touch with their modern subjects.
* RoyalWe: The Queen uses it occasionally.
%%* SpiritualSuccessor: To ''Film/TheDeal2003''.
* SympatheticPOV: Used for everyone involved, and for the most part it's pulled off successfully. The only POV we don't get in full is Diana's. From the still photos and interview clips, the film tries to hint that she's unhappy and alone.
* WrenchWench: The Queen reminds one of her assistants she used to be one during [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarII the War]].