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After Princess Diana's death, Queen Elizabeth II (Mirren) sits in her cozy palace while she watches the world around her mourn. Since Diana was no longer a part of the royal family, she cannot fathom why anyone would ask her to give her the funeral that would top anything ever done before. As she is stuck in the past, Tony Blair, the new Prime Minister must convince the Queen that the public deserves to be a part of a memorial service. The film allows you to go behind the scenes as they both deal with their own feelings while pleasing the public.
The Queen has a few clips here and there of Princess Diana which are surprisingly well-edited. The only scene with Diana that isn't real footage is the actual moment of her death. You don't see her body, but you do see the car crash. This has to be one of the best scripts ever written. Helen Mirren really doesn't care if you like her or not even though by the end you will be captivated. Her elegance is amazing and after seeing her interviews in real life, I realize how much work actually went into this role. If you are afraid of a dull movie about government this is not it. You are probably referring to a documentary of some sort. This is, after all, a fictional account of what was going on behind closed doors. So, for anyone who likes gossip this is for you.