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I was offered to go and see a screening of A Royal Night Out and wasn’t quite sure what to expect.  I’m not usually into period dramas, but this little pearl of British fun is well worth a look.

The story is the ‘untold story’ of a young Queen Elizabeth II and Princess Margaret (P2), who sneak out incognito, into the fray and festivities of VE Day.  The farce then begins as the young princesses want to do what all teenage girls want to do. Party.

This film is full of jolly posh fun, high jinx, farce, a handsome sailor and stunning costumes.  If you loved The Grand Budapest Hotel, and ‘got’ Jeeves & Wooster, you will love this movie. Emily Watson and Rupert Everett are perfect for the roles of the King and Queen, while the young princesses (Sarah Gadon and Bel Powley) would have had enormous fun exploring the outside world, amongst their subjects.  The story is apparently based in fact, with inspiration taken from a young Queen Elizabeth II’s diary entries.  I would like to think she had some fun before all those tough years ahead.

Being an expat in Sydney for over ten years I found myself suddenly very patriotic and homesick. I’m not sure if it was hearing the accents or seeing the stunning shots of the river Thames draped in red, white and blue. It could also be the perfectly timed Royal baby news,  which will do this film no harm in the PR stakes. Today, I might try a bit harder with my pommy accent!

Buy mum some tickets as a Mothers day gift and take her for a good old fashioned knees up!

In cinemas May 14th

The Movie Blurb

A Royal Night Out is a film about one perfect, glorious evening in the lives of two real-life princesses. They are Elizabeth and Margaret Windsor and the night is May 8, 1945, VE Night.
The whole of London is on the streets to celebrate the official end of World War II in Europe. Buoyed by the revelry happening right outside the palace gates, Elizabeth (Sarah Gadon) and Margaret (Bel Powley) get permission from their parents (Rupert Everett and Emily Watson) to slip away and join the communal euphoria.


Directed by acclaimed British director Julian Jarrold (Becoming Jane, Brideshead Revisited), A Royal Night Out is inspired by true events.

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