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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.

1.

ARCHIVE TELEVISION FOOTAGE

It’s Election Day 1997. Up and down the country, the PEOPLE

OF BRITAIN, people of all shapes and sizes and denominations,

black and white, young and old, are going to the Polls.

Everyone, that is, except the people that live in...

EXT. BUCKINGHAM PALACE - DAY

The most instantly recognisable Palace in the world.

The Royal Standard, (the flag of heraldic lions and symbolic

harp-strings that signals the Monarch’s presence), flutters

on the roof.

INT. BUCKINGHAM PALACE - CHINESE ROOM DAY

We’re in a state room at Buckingham Palace. A TV plays in the

corner..

TV COMMENTARY:

“..here's Tony Blair, just 43 years

old, arriving at the polling station

of his constituency in Sedgefield..”

QUEEN ELIZABETH II, wearing formal robes of the Garter, is

posing for an official portrait by an elderly black PORTRAIT

ARTIST, (representative, one assumes, of one of the many

C:

harities of which she is patron)..

ELIZABETH:

Have you voted yet, Mr Crawford?

ARTIST:

(proudly dabbing palette)

Yes, Ma’am. I was there when they

opened. First in line. Seven o’clock.

TV COMMENTARY:

“If he wins, he’ll be the youngest

Prime Minister in almost two hundred

years..”

He straightens..

ARTIST:

And I don’t mind telling you, it

wasn’t for Mr Blair.

ELIZABETH:

Not a moderniser, then?

2.

ARTIST:

Certainly not. We’re in danger of

losing too much that’s good about this

country as it is.

TV COMMENTARY:

“The only questions that still remain:

how big will his landslide be? And how

extensive, how sweeping will the

modernisation programme be that he

ushers in?"

ELIZABETH:

Hmm.

The QUEEN watches as he paints..

ELIZABETH:

I rather envy you being able to vote.

(a beat)

Not the actual ticking of the box,

although, I suppose, it would be nice

to experience that ONCE.

(a beat)

But the sheer joy of being partial.

ARTIST:

Yes..

The ARTIST squints as he scrutinises the canvass..

ARTIST:

One forgets that as Sovereign, you are

n

ot entitled to vote.

ELIZABETH:

No.

ARTIST:

Still, you won’t catch me feeling

sorry for you. You might not be

allowed to vote, Ma’am..

(a beat)

But it IS your Government.

ELIZABETH:

Yes.

The QUEEN raises her eyebrow..

ELIZABETH:

I suppose that is some consolation.

FADE TO BLACK:

3.

INT. BUCKINGHAM PALACE - QUEEN’S BEDROOM - DAY

The QUEEN’s face. Fast asleep. It’s shortly before 8.00 am.

Daylight filters through the curtains. As does something

else..

The stirring sound of bagpipes..

EXT. BUCKINGHAM PALACE - INNER COURTYARD - DAY

The inner courtyard of Buckingham Palace. In a ritual

unchanged since Queen Victoria, a uniformed PIPER, wearing a

kilt of Ancient Hunting Stuart tartan, marches under her

Majesty’s windows, playing the bagpipes.

It’s her morning alarm call, and it’s the way she wakes up

wherever she is - anywhere in the world.

INT. BUCKINGHAM PALACE - QUEEN’S BEDROOM - DAY

Darkness. A soft knock at the door. (The strains of bagpipes

can still be heard from below). Her Majesty’s DRESSER sticks

her head round the corner, with a calling tray of Earl Grey

tea and the newspapers.

MAID:

G’morning, Ma’am.

The DRESSER puts the tea and newspapers on a bedside table.

DRESSER:

Shall I draw the curtains?

The QUEEN’s sleepy voice answers..‘Please’. The DRESSER goes

to the window.

ELIZABETH (O.S)

Did you stay up?

DRESSER:

Yes, Ma’am.

ELIZABETH (O.S)

And? Was it as expected..?

The QUEEN’s hand reaches for spectacles, then for the

newspapers. She puts on her glasses.

DRESSER:

Yes, Ma’am. Mr Blair, by a landslide.

The QUEEN’s expression changes..

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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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