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Queen Elizabeth II on TV and Film: The 8 best on-screen portrayals of the late monarch

Queen Elizabeth II was buried in St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle on Monday 19 September.

The storied monarch, who died on Thursday September 8 at the age of 96, reigned for 70 years overseeing major social and political changes.

So directors and screenwriters had plenty of material to portray them in TV and film.

From Oscar-winning biopics to TV documentaries, here’s a handful of Her Majesty’s best portrayals.

The Queen

Helen Mirren’s acting career is as majestic as ever; She has played queens on many occasions, including Elizabeth II on several occasions. The most famous example was this 2006 biopic, for which Mirren won the Academy Award for Best Actress.

The Majestic Life of Queen Elizabeth II

This feature-length documentary combines archival footage and ‘expert interviews’ to retell the life of our monarch and trace Elizabeth’s story from childhood to her long and glorious reign.

Prince Philip: An Extraordinary Life

Another TV movie listed in Netflix’s sentimental category focuses on the life of the late Prince Philip. Of course, there’s also a lot about the Queen; Her close personal bond with Philip is certainly known to all royal supporters out there.

Helena Bonham-Carter and Colin Firth in The King’s Speech

(Universal)

The king’s speech

Another Oscar-winning film, 2010 The king’s speech focuses primarily on King George VI. For all the royal family fans out there, it’s certainly a treat: one of the best royal movies to come in decades. Elizabeth actually appears in the film, albeit as a child, played by Freya Wilson.

Elizabeth & Margaret: Love & Loyalty

This documentary looks at the relationship between Queen Elizabeth II and her younger sister Margaret. It’s a side of the monarch that some viewers might be less familiar with – although this could be hard to sell to anyone not seriously interested in the Windsor family’s interpersonal dynamics.

The Royal House of Windsor

This serialized documentation is slightly broader in scope than some of the other documents on this list; The past 100 years of the royal family are traced in six episodes, with a more investigative tone.

Matt Smith as Philip with Claire Foy’s Queen Elizabeth in The Crown

(netflix)

The crown

One of the (surprisingly) most controversial portrayals of Queen Elizabeth ever filmed, The crown is one of the jewels of Netflix Tiara. A nicely done series covering more or less Elizabeth’s whole life, The crown was at the center of a PR blizzard last season, with critics arguing that he was disturbingly deviated from historical fact. Nonetheless, as far as royal drama goes, this is certainly a winner – intelligent, shiny, and a lot smarter than it could have been.

The naked weapon: From the files of the police command!

If you’re tired of the same old starchy royal dramas, it might be worth diving into David Zucker’s goofy 1988 comedy, which starred Leslie Nielsen as an incompetent police officer set to thwart a plot to assassinate the Queen. Elizabeth is skillfully played by Jeannette Charles – the sight of her attending a baseball game remains one of cinema’s most amusing twists on the monarch.

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JOE HERNANDEZ

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