The life of Queen Elizabeth II has long been a source of inspiration for film and television writers.
On Thursday (September 8) the Royal Family announced the monarch had died peacefully at Balmoral aged 96, prompting tributes from world leaders and entertainment stars.
The Queen’s life has been most extensively documented on screen in the Netflix series The crownwhich started in 2016.
Peter Morgan’s hit drama chronicles her rise to power, her relationship with Prince Philip and her dealings with several prime ministers over the past 75 years.
The upcoming season will explore her life in the 1990s and take the series into the 2000s.
But has the queen ever watched? The crown? While the friends of King Charles III. criticizing the show for “presenting fiction as fact,” it was reported in 2017 that the drama was a hit with the late Sovereign, who is said to have watched the first season after being encouraged to do so by her son and daughter-in-law, the Earl and the Countess of Wessex.
Corresponding The Sunday Expressthe couple arranged Saturday night screenings of the show at Her Majesty’s private apartments at Windsor Castle.
“Edward and Sophie love each other The crownA senior royal source said, adding: “It has been a longstanding agreement that they will head to Windsor at the weekend to join the Queen for an informal dinner while they watch TV or a film. They have a Netflix account and they urged her to watch it with them.”
They added, “Luckily she enjoyed it very much, although there were obviously some portrayals of events that she found overly dramatized.”
It is not known how many episodes of the series the Queen watched in total.
Claire Foy and Olivia Colman played her on the series, with Imelda Staunton set to take over when the show returns later this year.
Following the death of the Queen, Netflix is reportedly temporarily halting production of the sixth and final season.
Many remember the Queen’s more playful moments, with particular focus on her sketches alongside Daniel Craig’s James Bond and Paddington Bear.
The latter, in particular, was recalled after news of her death broke following a post from Paddington’s official Twitter account that included an emotional callback to their scene together just three months ago.
The crown is now available to stream on Netflix.
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