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the best movies, tv shows and songs about the monarchy

The Queen’s Jubilee celebrations are fast approaching, with Britons eagerly anticipating a four-day weekend this week. The Platinum Jubilee marks Queen Elizabeth II’s 70th anniversary on the throne – a feat she achieved on February 6 this year.

What better way to celebrate your four-day weekend than with some of the finest royalty-themed entertainment? Take a look at our recommendations below.

The crown (2016 – Present)

Unless you’ve lived under a rock, you’ve probably seen or at least heard of The crown. One of the most expensive shows ever made, it chronicles the life of Queen Elizabeth II from the 1940s to modern times. Exploring personal intrigue, romance, and political rivalries, it’s definitely not to be missed.

The King’s Speech (2010)

King George VI tries to overcome his stuttering problem with the help of speech therapist Lionel Logue and makes himself worthy enough to lead his country in World War II. One of the most critically acclaimed films of all time, Tom Hooper’s 2010 historical drama received an astonishing 12 Oscar nominations, winning four awards (Best Picture, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay and Best Actor)

The Hollow Crown (2012-2016)

Featuring an all-star cast including Benedict Cumberbatch and Tom Hiddleston, The hollow crown reimagines Shakespeare’s most famous and iconic historical plays. The series mainly follows the story of three kings, Richard II, Henry IV and Henry V and their battle for survival.

Elizabeth (1998)

The first of Australian actress Cate Blanchett’s two films as the titular queen, this 1998 biopic depicts the early years of Queen Elizabeth I of England’s reign. The young Protestant Elizabeth was crowned queen on the death of her Catholic half-sister Mary I in 1558. The role won Blanchett a Golden Globe and a BAFTA and Elizabeth received seven Oscar nominations.

The King (2019)

Set before, during and after England’s war with France at the famous Battle of Agincourt in 1415, the Netflix feature is based on the classic plays of William Shakespeare Henry IV (Parts 1 & 2) and Henry V. Although using the same source material as The hollow crown, the king offers a more aesthetic experience with amazing cinematography and sets. The king stars Timothée Chalamet, Joel Edgerton, Robert Pattinson and model Lily-Rose Depp.

Elizabeth: A Multi-Part Game (2022)

Released in honor of the Platinum Jubilee, this documentary follows the life of Queen Elizabeth II. Directed by the late, great and very famous Roger Michell (Notting Hill), Elizabeth: A Portrait in Parts is a nostalgic, uplifting and modern chronicle of the 70-year reign of Her Majesty The Queen, Britain’s oldest and longest-serving monarch and Britain’s longest-serving female head of state. story.

Sex Pistols “God Save The Queen”

Of course, when it comes to the monarchy, it can’t all be sunshine and rainbows. Arguably the most famous anti-monarchy song of all time, it not only stuck two fingers to the national anthem, it was also released on Silver Jubilee Day. To make matters even more unbearable for the royal family, it became so popular that it almost reached number one on the charts.

The Beatles “Her Majesty”

It’s an understatement to say that this 28-second track is probably the finest performance the queen has received in the music world. The plucked acoustic track that appears at the end of Abbey Road is one of the only tracks to refer to the Queen in a semi-positive way. Here Her Majesty is a “pretty nice girl” although she “doesn’t have much to say”. Not exactly the best description, but we’re sure she would have taken it, given the content of some of the other Queen-related tracks at the time.