"Uneasy lies the head that wears a crown" - Henry IV, 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 the British Royal Family
and the Blair government, with the main focus on the developing relationship between HM The Queen
) and new Prime Minister Tony Blair
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 in the title role was highly praised
and earned her multiple awards, including the Oscar
for Best Actress.
The same production/writing/director team having made a previous film about Blair starring Sheen, 2003's The Deal
, The Queen
viewed as the second installment in the "Blair Trilogy", which was concluded by The Special Relationship
(about Blair and Bill Clinton
, with some Blair/Bush towards the end) in 2010.
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