Do you remember when Diana, Princess of Wales died? I do. I was watching TV with friends at Greg’s house in Vancouver, making dinner and having a good time. The news came on with the terrible news: Diana had been in a car accident in Paris. We watched the news for hours that night it seemed and we soon learned that she had died. It was shocking. It was a night I’ll never forget.
Why was I, along with millions of other people around the world, so affected by Diana’s death at that time? I suppose it was the story of someone cut down in her prime (someone hunted to death by the press) and the sadness of two Royal boys left behind without a mother.
Those memories were behind the reason why I wanted to go see The Queen last night at the movies. The movie was about the story behind the story – what was the Royal Family thinking in the week after Diana’s death, and what was their relationship with the newly-elected Prime Minister Tony Blair?
I thought The Queen was quite well done, and Helen Mirren did an excellent and believable job portraying Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. It was interesting seeing the Queen driving a jeep, walking her dogs, watching TV. It showed her humanity behind the stoic exterior that comes to mind when you think of her.
The movie showed that someone steeped in thousands of years of tradition can change, and had a hopeful tone. I would highly recommend it for recent history buffs and those who remember that time – when the “People’s Princess” paid the ultimate price for her popularity and the whole world was affected.