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Queen Elizabeth gives “The King’s Speech” royal thumbs up

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: When we interviewed “The King’s Speech” director Tom Hooper, he wasn’t sure if Queen Elizabeth would ever watch his film.

“We still don’t even know if the Queen has watched ‘The Queen,’” Hooper told me. “And that was five years ago, Sadly, I think it’s unlikely that I will get to find out whether she’s watched this or not.”

Actually, Mr. Hooper, you will.

The Weinstein Company just announced that Her Royal Highness, Queen Elizabeth, enjoyed a private screening of Hooper’s film and found it “moving” and “enjoyable,” according to The Sun.

Screenwriter David Seidler said, “To learn Her Majesty has seen the film, and was moved, in turn moves and humbles me greatly. When, 30 years ago, the Queen Mother asked me to wait and not tell this story during her lifetime, because the memory of these events was still too painful, I realized the depths of the emotions involved. Now this story has been written and filmed with a great deal of love, admiration, and respect for Her Majesty’s father. That Her Majesty has responded favorably to this, is wonderfully gratifying.”

“It was a labor of love for all of us and this is high praise, indeed,” Harvey Weinstein added.

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Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC FilmCritic.com, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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One Comment

  • February 6, 2011 | Permalink |

    Dear Sean,

    The Queen’s title is “Her Majesty” since ascending the throne 59 years ago today, prior to that she did have the lower title “Her Royal Highness”


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