Many people are reflecting on Queen Elizabeth II‘s 96-year reign since her death on September 8. Numerous titles about the monarch are available to watch online, and several television specials are showing now. The Crown, starring Claire Foy, Olivia Colman, and soon-to-be Imelda Staunton, is a smashing blockbuster on Netflix. In contrast, The Queen, starring Helen Mirren, is a biographical film on HBO Max from 2006. Many movies have been made about the Queen’s life, covering topics such as her close relationship with Princess Margaret and her decades-long marriage to Prince Philip.
Movies and TV Shows About Queen Elizabeth II On Netflix
The Queen (2006)
British biographical drama film The Queen, released in 2006 and starring Helen Mirren as Queen Elizabeth II, was written by Peter Morgan and directed by Stephen Frears. The film recounted the period after Princess Diana’s tragic death in 1997. Diana’s death was first seen as a private event by the Royal Family, who disagreed with Prime Minister Tony Blair and Diana’s ex-husband, Prince Charles, who supported the public’s demand for an official display of mourning. The media, royal protocol about Diana’s official standing and broader questions about republicanism confuse matters further.
Production and publication of the film coincided with a rise in public support for the monarchy, a fall in support for Blair, and the British inquest into Diana’s death. In both 2003’s The Deal and 2010s The Special Relationship, Michael Sheen returned to the character of Blair.
Mirren’s performance as the title character in The Queen was widely praised, and she won multiple prizes. These included the Academy Award, the Volpi Cup for Best Actress, the BAFTA Award, and the Golden Globe Award. The Queen praised Mirren and invited her to a meal at Buckingham Palace. Filming responsibilities in Hollywood prevented Mirren from attending.
The Crown (2016—)
The Crown is a Peter Morgan–created and –written historical drama television series about the reign of Queen Elizabeth II that was produced by Left Bank Pictures and Sony Pictures Television for Netflix. Morgan took inspiration for it from his drama film The Queen (2006) and, more specifically, his play The Audience (2013). From Elizabeth’s 1947 wedding to Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, to the breakup of her sister Princess Margaret’s 1955 engagement to Group Captain Peter Townsend, the first season covers a lot of ground.
The events of the Suez Crisis in 1956, the departure of Prime Minister Harold Macmillan in 1963, and the birth of Prince Edward in 1964 are all covered in the second season. This season covers the years 1964–1977. Therefore, it includes both of Harold Wilson’s terms as prime minister and introduces Camilla Shand. The events of Margaret Thatcher’s time as prime minister and Prince Charles’s marriage to Lady Diana Spencer are only two of the many historical moments covered in Season 4. The story will follow the Queen into the twenty-first century in the final two seasons.
The Royal House of Windsor (2017)
Another Netflix miniseries depicting Queen Elizabeth II’s life that premiered in 2017 is “The Royal House of Windsor.” The documentary on the history of the royal family is broken up into six episodes, with the first episode beginning around World War I and the final episode covering the passing of Princess Diana.
Elizabeth & Margaret: Love and Loyalty (2020)
The biography “Elizabeth & Margaret: Love and Loyalty,” which was published in 2020, examines the relationship that existed between Queen Elizabeth II and her younger sister, Princess Margaret. The documentary movie runs for 1 hour and 30 minutes and is currently available on Netflix.
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