Feeling Patriotic

Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation was 65 years ago.

Today, the BBC is airing an interview with the Queen at Buckingham Palace, sharing memories of her Coronation. I am waiting with baited breath, I am eager to hear all about it from the lady herself.

After immersing myself in both seasons of Netflix’s The Crown I am finding myself acutely engrossed in Queen Elizabeth II’s reign and the events which shaped the second half of the 20th century. Add to this a slight obsession with Winston Churchill who was the prime minister when the Queen succeeded her father and I’m on to one hell of a historical journey.

Winston Churchill

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The combination of visiting the Churchill War Rooms, reading Boris Johnson’s book The Churchill Factor and sipping cocktails in the Winston Churchill bar has established a hunger for bounteous information on both British politics and the Royal Family.

As soon as March arrives I will be booking a trip out to Chartwell, the home of Churchill, to stand in some of the rooms he used, which remain untouched to this day. Excited is not the word.

In my restlessness, trying to wait patiently for Season 3 of The Crown I have been searching for other movies to satisfy my history craving. This weekend I watched Victoria and Abdul.

It begins in India where Britain has formally ruled for 29 years. Abdul is the person chosen to present the mohur (a gold coin) to the Queen for her Jubilee. With strict multiple orders and reminders that he can make no eye contact (imagine that!), you know what I’m going to say, he does and their eyes lock. This leads to a beautiful friendship where the Queen learns to speak Hindi and write Urdu, they become close to the dismay of her family and staff. None the less Judie Dench gives an incredible performance of a strong-willed lady who sticks to her guns and continues her relationship with him, treating him as part of her family. If you haven’t yet seen this I highly recommend it.

British Flag

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I have a feeling my keen interest is going to continue as I head off to see Gary Oldman play Winston Churchill in The Darkest Hour. Review coming up soon!

Have you seen The Darkest Hour yet? I am interested to know your thoughts, please do share!

N x

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