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Queen Elizabeth II has been raised to follow a strict protocol. But when Diana, the former Princess of Wales, the popular “People’s Princess”, is killed in Paris, the Queen is called upon by the new Prime Minister, Tony Blair, and a grieving public, to break from tradition and show a side of the House of Windsor that hasn’t been seen before. Try to find these movie mistakes in “The Queen” starring Helen Mirren.
· In her first meeting with Tony Blair, the Queen picks up the bell from the table and rings it. In the front view, when she first picks the bell up, the black handle of her purse can’t be seen. It cuts to a far view and the strap is sitting up, enough to see over the table.
· Did you know? The license plate of the car that Diana was shown getting into that fateful night was shown as “456 LBR 75” in the movie. In reality, the actual license plate was “688 LTV 75”.
· The Queen is at her Balmoral estate and puts two black labs in the green jeep/vehicle. The two are still in the vehicle while she’s driving and talking to Charles about Diana. She stops the vehicle and says she’s going to walk back but when she opens the door for the dogs, it’s three that jump out! Also during this scene, when the Queen starts the jeep and drives off, she has her glasses on. They’re gone in the next close-up while she’s driving and talking to Charles.
· The Queen is at Balmoral when she takes a call from Tony Blair in the kitchen. The right, front view of her shows that the white cutting board in front of her has two whole veggies (either cucumbers or zucchini) on one side and more chopped up on the other side. There is also a knife on the cutting board. But during their conversation, when it cuts to an overhead view, there’s only one whole veggie, a lot more sliced and no knife!
· As Robin Janvrin is talking to the Queen about changes in her speech, she takes a pen out of her purse and makes note on the paper. When he says, “Do you think you can say it?”, she puts the cap on the pen and holds it in her right hand. It cuts to a wider view when they say that they’re ready for her and she is putting the top on the pen again.
· When Tony Blair and his wife are watching the Queen’s speech, the close-up of him when he says “That’s not the point…”, shows he’s pointing with the finger on his left hand (notice the back of the finger and fingernail). But when it cuts to the wider view, it’s the finger on his right hand that he’s pointing with.
· The Queen and Tony Blair are meeting near the end of the movie. When Tony Blair apologizes, the close-up of the Queen shows her head is resting on her left hand. It cuts to a view behind the Queen and her left hand is down.
“The Queen” (2006) stars Helen Mirren, Michael Sheen, James Cromwell, Alex Jennings, Roger Allam and Sylvia Syms. It runs 103 minutes and is rated PG-13 for brief strong language.
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