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On September 8, 2022, the death of Queen Elizabeth II shocked the world. Queen Elizabeth II became queen at the age of 25 after the death of her father, King George VI. During her more than 70 years as Queen, there have been a multitude of non-fiction and fictional accounts of Queen Elizabeth’s life story made in the form of films and television shows.
The Queen (2006)
“The Queen” is a 2006 film set after the death of Princess Diana. The film was written by Peter Morgan, who is the same person who created the popular Netflix series about the royal family, “The Crown”.
In this film, Queen Elizabeth II is played by Helen Mirren, who won an Oscar for her portrayal of the king.
“The Queen” is available to stream on HBO Max.
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The Kings Speech (2010)
“The King’s Speech” is a 2010 film that focuses more on the story of King George VI, the father of Queen Elizabeth. In this film, King George VI is played by Colin Firth and Queen Elizabeth is played by Helena Bonham Carter.
While the character of Queen Elizabeth II, played by Freya Wilson, is just a child in the film and not in much of the film, it does give viewers a glimpse into her father’s life. This movie won four Oscars, including Best Picture of the Year, and is available on Hulu.
The Majestic Life of Queen Elizabeth II (2013)
This 2013 documentary contains extensive archival footage from the death of King George VI to the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton.
This documentary is available to watch with Amazon Prime
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The Crown (2016—)
“The Crown” is a Netflix show that premiered in 2016 and shared a fictionalized version of the events that transpired in the life of Queen Elizabeth II, roughly from her marriage to Philip.
There have been four seasons of the show and a fifth season is due out in November 2022. Claire Foy, Olivia Colman and Imelda Staunton all play Queen Elizabeth II at different times in her life while Matt Smith, Tobias Menzies and Jonathan Pryce all play Prince Philip at different points in his life.
The Royal House of Windsor (2017)
“The Royal House of Windsor” is another Netflix show released in 2017 about the life of Queen Elizabeth II. There are six episodes of the documentary which cover the history of the royal family, starting with World War I and covering until the death of Princess Diana.
Queen Elizabeth: A Life of Service (2017)
“Elizabeth II: A Lifetime of Service” was released in 2017 and is a documentary that covers her time as queen. This documentary is now available to stream on Peacock.
Elizabeth & Margaret: Love and Loyalty (2020)
“Elizabeth & Margaret Love and Loyalty” was released in 2020 and delves into the relationship between Queen Elizabeth II and her younger sister Princess Margaret.
The documentary film is one hour and 30 minutes long and can be viewed on Netflix.
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Elizabeth: A Portrait in Part(s) (2022)
“Elizabeth: A Portrait in Part(s)” is a 2022 documentary that highlights important moments in the life of Queen Elizabeth II.
The documentary directed by Roger Michell can be viewed on Showtime.
Elizabeth: The Invisible Queen (2022)
“Elizabeth: The Unseen Queen” is a 2022 documentary that provides new insight into the Queen’s life through a collection of personal videos of the Royal Family, taken by family members. The documentary can be streamed on BBC Select via Amazon.