The British monarchy has been famous since the very beginning. The monarchy has been of great interest since the reign of Queen Victoria.
There are people who were always in favour of the British monarchy, then there are people who were not.
Due to this popularity, there have been movies depicting the lives of the monarchs. We bring you some award-winning movies.
VICTORIA & ABDUL.
Actress, Judi Dench plays the character of Queen Victoria. This character follows her later years in life. It was when she welcomed an Indian man named Abdul Karim into her close circle. According to some reports, Karim began his service to Victoria as a servant. He eventually became one of her closest friends and confidantes. But, his position in court was disliked by Victoria’s family. The film depicts their entire relationship. It has everything, from Karim’s arrival at the time of Victoria’s Golden Jubilee in 1887 to her death in 1901. Judi Dench received a Golden Globe nomination for this movie.
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Again, Judi Dench was the one to play Queen Victoria’s role. This movies’ plot isn’t all that different from ‘Victoria & Abdul’. This one is about Queen Victoria’s relationship with John Brown. He was a servant who was her confidante and a close friend after the death of her husband, Prince Albert.
But it was all prior to the arrival of Abdul Karim. The movie depicts the suspicion that her relationship with Brown turned romantic. Hence, the nickname ‘Mrs. Brown’ which was used by the courtiers behind her back. Just like her friendship with Karim, her relationship with Brown also aggravated the royals. Dench was awarded a Golden Globe for this movie.
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THE YOUNG VICTORIA.
Queen Victoria’s life has been always well-documented on the big screen. Released in 2009, ‘The Young Victoria’ stars actress, Emily Blunt. She is playing the role of Victoria when she was in her younger stage.
It starts before she becomes the Queen of Great Britain. The movie depicts her difficult and tense relationship with her mother and a member of their household, Sir John Conroy. They both try to use Victoria to gain political influence.
The film then continues into Victoria’s reign and her relationship with her husband, Prince Albert. Emily Blunt earned a Golden Globe award.
Actress, Helen Mirren won a Golden Globe and an Oscar for her portrayal of Queen Elizabeth II at a very specific and important period of her life. It was the week following the death of Princess of Wales, Diana. The film was in the year 2006. In it, Queen Elizabeth faces backlash and speculation from the public as the royal family stays on holiday at Balmoral Castle in Scotland. It was when the world was mourning the loss of the ‘People’s Princess.
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Actress, Cate Blanchett scored her first Golden Globe nomination and won an award in 1999. In this film, she plays the first-ever Queen Elizabeth, who takes the British throne after the death of her half-sister, Queen Mary.
In the mid-1500s, Elizabeth is the queen in a male-dominated world and faces consistent pressure from advisers to marry. The film also depicts her fight to unite a religiously divided England into a whole, which only covers the beginning of her reign.
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