Elizabeth II: 10 books, movies and series that help to understand her reign

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THE queen elizabeth II who died this Thursday, September 8, at the age of 96, was the longest-serving leader of the English throne, where she remained for 70 years.

No wonder, the monarch was also the one who most inspired films and books about the British monarchy. For those who want to deepen their knowledge of her, there are biographies and novels that have become bestsellers, and films and series of great success in theaters and on streaming platforms.

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Here are the 10 best productions to understand behind the scenes of the life of the British monarch and royalty:


Elizabeth the Queen: The Life of a Modern Monarch, by Sally Bedell Smith

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Sally Bedell Smith was praised by The New York Times for her biography of Queen Elizabeth II. The writer is also responsible for the literary portraits of other important names such as Princess Diana, John and Jacqueline Kennedy, Bill Clinton and Hillary, and Prince Charles. The book was released in 2012.

Town & Country: The Queen: A Life in Pictures, by Victoria Murphy

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This is one of the best-known photographic books about the monarch. A selection of 300 images that highlight the 70 years of her reign and important moments, both in her public and private life, such as her marriage, the birth of children and grandchildren, her personal style. The author is royal reporter Victoria Murphy, who comments and contextualizes each photo.

The Other Side of the Coin: The Queen, the Dresser and the Wardrobe, by Angela Kelley

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After working as the queen’s seamstress for 25 years, Angela Kelley decided to put it all down on paper. In this book, a person who lived directly with Elizabeth tells details of life at Buckingham Palace. Of course, everything about her wardrobe is also in the pages written by Angela, who had permission from the Queen to publish.

Movies and series

The Crown (2016)

The Netflix series sheds light on the life of Queen Elizabeth II from the 1940s to modern times. As the decades passed, personal intrigues, romances and political rivalries were revealed. These facts helped shape and affected the course of 20th century history. It won several awards, including the 2017 and 2021 Golden Globes for best drama series.

The Queen (2006)

The film “The Queen”, directed by Stephen Frears, shows how the death of Princess Diana, in 1997, brought to light the distance between the country’s leaders and the population. The news of the death of the Princess of the People, as Diana was known, spreads rapidly around the world, the British public is shocked and has an emotional reaction incomprehensible to Queen Elizabeth II, who closes herself with the royal family at the Balmoral Palace.

The award-winning “Elizabeth” depicts the same moment in history as “Two Queens”. It begins in 1559 when Elizabeth I becomes the sole heir to the crown of England after the death of Mary Tudor.
The film follows a clipping of the queen’s trajectory on the throne, such as the pressure to marry, threats from family members and the conflict with the Pope.

Nominated for 10 BAFTA categories, 6 Oscars and 3 Golden Globes, the film stars Cate Blanchett.

The Young Queen Victoria (2009)

The story of “The Young Queen Victoria” takes place a few centuries later, in 1837. Emily Blunt gives life to Queen Victoria who assumed the throne at age 18 after the death of her uncle, King William IV. The monarch’s mother and her companion do everything to influence the young woman and seize her power.

Spencer (2021)

“Spencer” is set in 1991 and depicts the last Christmas Princess Diana spent at the Sandringham estate in Norfolk, UK, shortly before splitting with Prince Charles. The film shows the tension between Lady Di and the royal family. Star Kristen Stewart plays Diana.

Elizabeth At 90: A Family Tribute (2016)

One of the most intimate productions on the list, the documentary was released in 2016 to celebrate the 90th birthday of Queen Elizabeth II. Narrated by Prince Charles, the series also features commentary from grandsons William and Harry. It was produced by the BBC and directed by John Bridcut. Available on Amazon Prime.

*Published by Thayana, with information from Marina Toledo and CNN Viagem & Gastronomia.

Source: CNN Brasil

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