From ‘The Queen’ to ‘The Crown,’ five productions brought Queen Elizabeth II to life on screen

The deceased monarch should not inherit the throne. His fate was sealed in 1936 after his uncle, King Edward VII, abdicated and his brother, King George VI, took over the royal duties.

The story of George VI may be familiar to some viewers. His accession to the throne, and the surrounding events, are recreated in “The King’s Speech” (2010).

The film starred Colin Firth, who played King George VI. Helena Bonham Carter played The Queen Mother, Elizabeth, and Freya Wilson played Princess Elizabeth, who would become Queen Elizabeth II years later.

The film won four Academy Awards.

“The King’s Speech” is currently available on Starz and streaming on Hulu.

‘the crown’

Based on historical events, the popular Netflix series, released in 2016, focuses on the life of Queen Elizabeth II.

The series captures one of the defining moments of his reign, the pledge of lifelong service to the British crown given in a speech during his 21st birthday speech.

Claire Foy as Queen Elizabeth II and Matt Smith as Prince Philip in an episode of Netflix's 'The Crown.'

“I declare to all of you that my entire life whether long or short will be dedicated to serving you and the service of our great imperial family to which we all belong,” said the late Queen.

King Charles III spoke of this promise in his first televised speech after ascending the throne.
Since the death of Queen Elizabeth II, “The Crown” has recaptured the world’s attention and its first season returned to the top 10 most watched productions on Netflix.

The series won multiple Golden Globe and Emmy awards.

‘A Royal Night Out’

“A Royal Night Out” (2015) followed then-Princess Elizabeth and her sister, Princess Margaret, during Victory in Europe Day, on May 8, 1945.

According to the film, the princesses left Buckingham Palace that night to celebrate the end of World War II.

“It is a true story that intrigues everyone. But we don’t know exactly what happened. It is a small fantasy inspired by that true story,” said the film’s director, Julian Jarrold, on the production’s official website.

The film stars Sarah Gadon (Princess Elizabeth) and Bel Powley (Princess Margaret). Rupert Everett and Emily Watson play King George VI and the Queen Mother.

The movie is available on Prime Video, Paramount +, or Hulu.

‘the queen’

It is perhaps one of the most iconic films to bring the life of Queen Elizabeth II to the big screen.

The production, which hit theaters in 2006, stars Helen Mirren, who won an Oscar for best actress for her portrayal of the monarch.

Helen Mirren gave an Oscar-winning performance as Queen Elizabeth II in the days after Princess Diana's death, in the 2006 film "The Queen."

The story recounts the moments after Princess Diana’s death and shows how the British crown initially managed the news. The film describes how British Prime Minister Tony Blair worked to bring the monarchy closer to its people.

In addition to the Oscar, the film won two BAFTAs and two Golden Globes.

“The Queen” is available on HBO Max and Hulu.

‘Elizabeth at 90: A Family Tribute’

Every phase of Queen Elizabeth II’s life is documented. In this BBC documentary, the British royal family pays tribute to Queen Elizabeth II on her 90th birthday.

According to the BBC, director John Bridcut has special access to the Queen’s personal recording collection.

The videos, which had never been seen before this documentary premiered, were recorded by the Queen herself and her late husband, the Duke of Edinburgh.

Prince William and Prince Harry are part of the production. King Charles III and his sister, Princess Royal Anne, are among other members of royalty who also participated in the documentary.

You can stream the documentary on BBC One, Plex, and FuboTV.