The Queen (2006 film)

The Queen (2006 film) Literary Elements


Stephen Frears

Leading Actors/Actresses

Helen Mirren and Michael Sheen

Supporting Actors/Actresses

James Cromwell, Helen McCrory, Alex Jennings, and Roger Allam






For her role as the queen, Helen Mirren won the Academy Award for Best Leading Actress. Beyond that, the film was nominated for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, Best Costume Design, and Best Original Screenplay.

Date of Release

September 15th, 2006


Andy Harries, Christine Langan, and Tracey Seaward

Setting and Context

The United Kingdom, 1997, shortly after the death of Princess Diana.

Narrator and Point of View

Tone and Mood

Solemn, Dramatic, Realistic, Humorous

Protagonist and Antagonist

Protagonist: The Queen. Antagonist: The British people

Major Conflict

The Queen struggles to work through her complicated emotions about Diana and the demand for her to change her attitudes in order to address changing public opinion.


When the royal family goes back to London to pay their respects to Diana


The crisis around Diana's death is foreshadowed by the queen being interrupted in her meeting with Tony Blair to go discuss PR for a scandal she is embroiled in.


Innovations in Filming or Lighting or Camera Techniques


Allusions to British monarchy, the death of Diana, British politics.


The Queen has always been expected to be restrained and unemotional about crises in the past, but for the death of her daughter-in-law (of whom she was not even very fond), she is expected to be emotional and expressive. She struggles between a paradoxical drive to be both popular and dutiful.


The film begins with a meeting between the queen and Tony Blair, and ends with a meeting between them.