The United States and Britain may speak the same language, but the two countries have different versions of The Office, different relationships to Marmite, and certainly different famous figureheads. We have the Kardashians. They have the Queen. It's no surprise that many Americans — myself included — frequently engage in royal worship.
With these movies and TV shows, you'll see the same figures rendered at different moments in history. In The Crown, Elizabeth II is just starting her reign. In The Queen, she's facing one of the most difficult PR problems in her long career. And that's a queen who's still living. One can hardly count the number of times Queen Victoria, King Henry VIII, and Elizabeth I have been interpreted on film.
Victoria and Abdul, which is out September 22, will reinterpret Queen Victoria toward the end of her reign. The film focuses on a friendship between the aging queen (Judi Dench) and her Indian servant, Abdul Karim (Ali Fazal). Watch enough movies and TV shows about British royalty, and you'll never need to take a history class again.
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