Directed by: Stephen Frears

Written by: Peter Morgan

Produced by:

  • Andy Harries
  • Christine Langan
  • Tracey Seaward


  • Helen Mirren
  • Michael Sheen
  • James Cromwell
  • Helen McCrory
  • Alex Jennings
  • Roger Allam
  • Sylvia Sym


  • Helen Mirren as Queen Elizabeth II
  • Michael Sheen as Tony Blair
  • James Cromwell as Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh
  • Helen McCrory as Cherie Blair
  • Alex Jennings as Charles, Prince of Wales
  • Roger Allam as Robin Janvrin
  • Sylvia Syms as Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother
  • Tim McMullan as Stephen Lamport
  • Mark Bazeley as Alastair Campbell
  • Michel Gay as Dodi Fayed
  • Douglas Reith as Lord Airlie

Cinematography: Affonso Beatos

Genre: Biography, Drama

Production companies:

  • Pathé Renn Production
  • Granada Productions
  • BIM Distribuzione
  • France 3 Cinéma
  • Canal+

Distributed by:

Release dates:

  • 2 September 2006 (Venice)
  • 15 September 2006 (United Kingdom)
  • 18 October 2006 (France)

Running time: 103 minutes


  • United Kingdom
  • France
  • Italy

Language: English


The Queen is a 2006 British biographical drama film directed by Stephen Frears and starring Helen Mirren as Queen Elizabeth II. It was written by Peter Morgan. The movie recounts the activities that took place when Diana, Princess of Wales, passed away in 1997.

The Royal Family first saw Diana’s passing as a private matter that should not be addressed as an official royal death, in contrast to Prime Minister Tony Blair and Diana’s ex-husband, Prince Charles, who supported the desire of the general people for an official statement of mourning. Media coverage of the situation, royal etiquette about Diana’s official standing, and broader republican concerns all complicate things further.

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Firstly, Tony Blair and the Labor Party won the 1997 general election on a platform of reform and modernization, and they went on to create the government. A automobile accident at the Alma Bridge tunnel in Paris kills Diana, Princess of Wales, less than four months later. Besides, She left behind a mother of a future king who is no longer a part of the royal family, which immediately causes issues for her ex-husband Prince Charles and the prime minister, Tony Blair.

Moreover, Since Blair is attempting to persuade her to change her mind about the funeral preparations, Queen Elizabeth II is concerned that he would use his modernization commitment against the royal family. Secondly, The Spencer, Diana’s relatives, request a private service for her.

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Furthermore, Diana is referred to as the “People’s Princess” in the media, which sparks a public outpouring of sorrow in broadcasts and an abundance of flower tributes at Buckingham and Kensington Palaces that force the entrances to the buildings’ main buildings to be redirected.

Also, Senior members of the royal family stay on vacation in Balmoral and make little attempt to recognize Diana’s importance to society. As a result of Blair’s response to the royal family’s public criticism of his inactivity, the royal family’s popularity declines and his approval rating increases.

Following which, Blair’s attempts to lead the royal family through the scandal are opposed; the Queen calls them a capitulation to popular panic. Despite the Queen and Prince Philip’s disgust with any expression of compassion for Diana or recognition of the nation’s grieving, he is pushed to continue by the secretaries of both the Prince of Wales and the Queen.

But, Blair tries in vain to publicly defend the royal family as Britain’s outpouring of grief continues. Blair receives a tons of acclaim and admiration for his compassion, while the public scorns the royal family for their lack of concern.

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In addition, As the public’s indignation grows, Blair finds it impossible to appease the Queen’s unwillingness to recognize Diana and the country. Also, He informs the queen that 70% of the nation thinks her actions are detrimental to the monarchy and that “1 in 4” people want its complete abolition. As a result, Blair firmly demands that the Queen pay tribute to Diana, that the royal family display the flag at Buckingham Palace at half-mast, and that she address the nation in a speech of consolation.

The Queen eventually realizes that the world has changed since she came to power, despite being demoralized by the nation’s response and the Prime Minister’s recommendations. Despite their argument, she and Prince Philip travel back to London. In an effort to ease Britain’s suffering, the Queen eventually acknowledges Diana’s importance to the country and society on live television. The members of the royal family attend the public funeral for Diana at Westminster Abbey.

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The discussion concerning what has transpired since their last encounter, including the uproar over Diana’s passing and the subsequent actions, takes place during Blair’s subsequent visit with the Queen. She then warns the prime minister that he must evolve with public opinion just as it has on how the royal family should respond to a new Britain because he very well may find himself in the same position of shifting public opinion.