NetFlix Movie of the Week: "The Queen" (2006) Helen Mirren stars in this movie as QE2 (and hauntingly looks exactly like her) and how the Monarchy responded to the death of Diana in 1997. I'm not sure how much of it was Hollywood and how much of it was actual but you really got a sense of the tradition of the Monarchy in contrast to the modern ideas of Tony Blair.
It was the better part of four days before Britain heard from her Queen. Raised in the Monarchy and brought up to be private and strong, QE2 had a difficult decision to make about making an appearance and altering the traditions of Britain that were centuries old. Because Diana was no longer part of the Royal Family it was her decision to not have a public funeral and left that matter up to the Spencer's.
But with face of the Royal Family on the line with her people, QE2 relents and attends the funeral though is clearly uncomfortable with it. It's a conflict of time-honored tradition against progressiveness. At one point she threw her hands in the air and exclained that perhaps the Monarchy should go away.
Good rental, if not for the plot but rather for Mirren's Oscar winning performance of QE2.
Sorry for the absence this week; nothing exciting to report other than Mallory is wlaking almost exclusively now and has finally cut her fourth tooth. Though the way she chews on her hand there are more to come.
In honor and spirit of the Olympics opening tonight I submit yet other Olympic-themed photo for the contest. Have a great weekend and I'll see you Monday!!
End Of Summer -
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