What would you do if you were "The Queen"?
March 14, 2007 6:32am CST
"Uneasy lies the head that wears a crown", a quote from Henry IV starts off this movie, starring Helen Mirren, who won the oscar for best actress in a leading role this year, with her role as Queen Elizabeth II, in "The Queen". Here's a brief synopsis : Tony Blair has just become the labor prime minister, and intends to modernize some of the older traditions. The unexpected death of Princess Diana shocks everyone, but most of all the public who saw her as the "People's princess". However she is no longer a member of the royalty, since she divorced Prince Charles some time ago, making her status more a celebrity. The Queen insists this funeral be done in privacy, and rejects to lower the flag at half mast. The press demands a statement be made and grief-stricken people fill the streets. What is your opinion? Is the Queen right in denying a divorced Diana a royal funeral? What would you do if you were the Queen?
30 Apr 07
I think ultimately she did the right thing. It was a huge judgement call for her, and one she didn't agree with, but she did the best she could trying to grieve (Diana may have fallen from grace but it remains that she WAS the mother of Elizabeth's grandchildren and father of the future King of England, so I'm sure there was grief), while trying to remain dignified and stoic as was expected. Also, Buckingham Palace stated that Diana was still officially a member of the Royal Family even after the divorce was finalized, since she was the mother of the second- and third-in-line to the throne. She did her best, and I think it all worked out in the end.