The King’s Speech: The Queen Approves

(Ed. Note: For a video of the real King George VI (Queen Elizabeth’s father) giving a speech in public, go here.)

Colin Firth has already won awards for his role as George VI in The King’s Speech and he is a favored contender to receive an Oscar later this month.

But the actor received the ultimate compliment for his blue-blooded turn – the royal seal of approval.

The Queen has enjoyed a private screening of the film and was said to be touched by Firth’s portrayal of her late father.

Firth has the starring role in the film about the King’s attempts to overcome his acute stutter in the lead up to his coronation in 1936.

Queen Elizabeth features in the film as a young girl and is played by Freya Wilson.

Palace sources said the current monarch found the portrayal “moving.”

“The Queen loves a good film,” a source told The Sun.

The King’s Speech is close to the bone as it is a portrayal of her family life in the 1930s.”

Screenwriter David Seidler – as a boy with his own speech impediment in the 1940s, he found inspiration listening to radio broadcasts of the King Charles – said Her Majesty’s favorable response was “wonderfully gratifying.”

Seidler delayed telling the story of “The King’s Speech” for decades, after receiving a note from the Queen Mother, Bertie’s wife, that politely asked “please, Mr. Seidler, not during my lifetime.”

Seidler says he understood that the memory of the 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.”

Two copies of the film were sent to Her Royal Majesty at Sandringham before Christmas and it seems she is in accord with the Hollywood king-makers.

Original article via Mail Online


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