The Queen script
The Queen (2006)
Synopsis: The Queen is a 2006 British fictional drama film depicting the British Royal Family's response to the death of Diana, Princess of Wales on 31 August 1997. The film was directed by Stephen Frears, written by Peter Morgan, and starred Helen Mirren in the title role of HM Queen Elizabeth II.

4.

ELIZABETH:

I see.

She lifts the newspaper up. The front page comes into sharp

focus.

FULL FRAME:
the beaming smile of TONY BLAIR, the new Prime

Minister. The QUEEN stares back. Their eyes meet - as it

were. Headlines tell us..

“IT’S BLAIR!”, “LANDSLIDE VICTORY FOR BLAIR”.

INT. BUCKINGHAM PALACE - BREAKFAST ROOM - DAY

The QUEEN sits at breakfast. Reading the newspapers. Dogs

under the table. A knock on the door, and ROBIN JANVRIN,

(40’s), her deputy Private Secretary, pops around..

JANVRIN:

The Prime Minister is on his way,

Ma’am.

ELIZABETH:

To BE, Robin.

(correcting, terse)

Prime Minister to BE.

The QUEEN frostily flicks a page, without looking up..

ELIZABETH (cont’d)

He hasn’t asked my permission yet.

INT. BUCKINGHAM PALACE - CORRIDOR - DAY

The QUEEN and JANVRIN walk through a corridor of the Palace.

It has the air of a grand hotel. Chintz. Flock. Long, gilded

mirrors. Portraits on the walls..

ELIZABETH:

He’s a hard one to read, isn’t he?

JANVRIN:

Yes. On the one hand his background is

quite establishment. Father a

Conservative. A public school

education at Fettes, where he was

tutored by the same man as the Prince

o

f Wales.

ELIZABETH:

Well, we’ll try not to hold that

against him.

5.

JANVRIN:

On the other, his manifesto promises

the most radical modernisation and

shake-up of the Constitution in three

hundred years.

ELIZABETH:

Oh. Is he going to ‘modernise’ us, do

you think?

JANVRIN:

I wouldn’t put it past him. He’s

married to a woman with known anti-

Monarchist sympathies - you may

remember her curtsey the first time

you met. It could best be described as

‘shallow’.

ELIZABETH:

I don’t measure the depth of a

curtsey, Robin. I leave that to my

sister.

JANVRIN:

And I spoke to the Cabinet Secretary

who said he was expecting the

atmosphere at Downing Street to be

very informal. Everyone on first name

terms.

(a beat)

At the Prime Minister’s insistence.

ELIZABETH:

What? As in ‘Call me Tony?’

JANVRIN:

Yes.

The QUEEN’s face puckers in distaste..

ELIZABETH:

Oh. I’m not sure I like the sound of

that.

(a beat)

Have we sent him a protocol sheet?

EXT. MALL - DAY

ARCHIVE FOOTAGE:
as TONY BLAIR’s motorcade drives down the

MALL.

EXT. BUCKINGHAM PALACE - DAY

The motorcade sweeps into the grand, inner quadrangle of

Buckingham Palace, and stops at the King’s door.

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Peter Morgan

Peter Julian Robin Morgan CBE (born 10 April 1963) is a British film writer and playwright. Morgan is best known for writing the historical films and plays The Queen, Frost/Nixon, The Damned United and Rush. more…

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