We can shout down the monarchy, criticize the institution, find it archaic and even wish it gone… but still feel sympathy for the sovereign Elizabeth II.
In other words, you can hate the crown but love whoever wears it.
And if there’s a reason why so many people have come to appreciate Queen Elizabeth II, it’s certainly through popular culture.
In movies and on TV, we learned to appreciate the complexity of this character.
MY KINGDOM FOR A SERIES
Do you remember 2006 in the movie The Queen by Stephen Frears, it was the stunning Helen Mirren who embodied the sovereign. It also earned him an Oscar. Using her wig and glasses, she looked like the queen to go wrong and worked with voice coaches to imitate her voice.
This brilliant film focused on the aftermath of Princess Diana’s death, which was pursued by paparazzi.
I remember very well that while watching this film I developed a deep contempt for the Queen. His coldness, his lack of empathy, it all put me off.
Frears wanted to show that the queen had kept her cool as the kingdom descended into mass hysteria.
But the Queen struck me as a woman disconnected from the people, accusing her “subjects” of poor judgment by falling in love with the “people’s princess.”
Remember the scene where Prime Minister Tony Blair convinces the Queen to act on Lady Di’s death, only to tell her that “70% of the country believes her actions are undermining the monarchy” and that “everyone fourth man for the abolition of the monarchy”?
It lasted the series The crown on Netflix to completely change my mind about Queen Elizabeth II.
In the episodes of this extremely well-documented series, I have discovered a monarch who was extremely prepared and relevant in her weekly meetings with prime ministers. We saw her selflessness, she who always put her duty above her private life. Yes, she kept her children at a distance, but that was because she had a kingdom to run! Yes, she was strict with those close to her, but that was because she thought highly of her duties.
QUEEN OF HEARTS OR HEADS?
We live in a time when all stars, even the most insignificant, reveal all the details of their daily lives. The terms privacy, intimacy, modesty no longer mean anything.
What made Queen Elizabeth II so charming to me was her tenacity to keep alive the values she held dear.
In fact, in a world of emotions, she represented rationality. In a world of “appearance” she was “being”. And in somewhat superficial imagery, the queen represented the last bastion of traditional values.
Today I will continue to hate the crown and everything it represents, I will continue to advocate for the abolition of the monarchy (and its representatives who cost us a fortune), but I will continue to respect the Queen.
On the other hand, don’t ask me to be enthusiastic about King Charles III!