One can shout down the monarchy, criticize the institution, find it archaic, and even ardently maintain its disappearance… but still feel sympathy for the sovereign Elizabeth II.
In other words, you can hate leather, more like the one who wears it.
And if there’s a reason so many people have come to appreciate Queen Elizabeth II, it’s surely through popular culture.
In movies and on TV, we learn to appreciate the complexity of this character.
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MY KINGDOM SERIES FOR A
Do you remember in 2006, in the movie a Rainha by Stephen Frears, it was the fearsome Helen Mirren who played the sovereign. It also earned him an Oscar. With her wig and glasses, she looked like the queen to be mistaken, in addition to having worked with voice coaches to imitate her voice.
The brilliant film focuses on the period following the death of Princess Diana, which is being chased by paparazzi.
I remember very well that while watching this film, I had developed a deep disdain for the queen. His coldness, his lack of empathy, it all put me off.
Frears’ aim was to show that the queen had kept a cool head as the kingdom descended into mass hysteria.
Moreover, the queen appeared to me to be a woman disconnected from the people, as if she reproached her “subjects” for lacking judgment by being enthusiastic about the “princess of the people”.
Do you remember that scene where Prime Minister Tony Blair convinces the Reign to react to Lady Di’s death, only to tell her that “70% of the country believes her actions are undermining the monarchy” and that “a person in four is in favor of the abolition of the monarchy”?
It took the series The crown on Netflix, for my opinion of Queen Elizabeth II to change completely.
Over the episodes of this extremely well-documented series, I discovered a monarch who was extremely prepared and relevant in her weekly meetings with prime ministers. We saw his sense of selflessness, the one who always put his duty before his personal life. Yes she kept her children at a distance, plus it’s because she had a kingdom to manage! Yes she was strict with those close to her, more because she had a high opinion of her duties.
QUEEN OF HEARTS OR HEAD?
We live in a time when all the stars, even the most insignificant, reveal all the details of their daily lives. The notions of private life, intimacy, modesty no longer mean anything.
In my eyes, what made Queen Elizabeth II so charming was her obstinacy in keeping alive those values that were dear to her.
Indeed, in a world of emotions, it represents the rational. In a world of “appearance”, she was the “being”. And in a somewhat superficial world of images, the queen represented the last bastion of traditional values.
Today, I will continue to hate leather and everything it represents, I will continue to campaign for the abolition of the monarchy (and its representatives who cost us a fortune), but I will continue to respect the reign.
On the other hand, don’t ask me to get excited about King Charles III!