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The Queen's Sister (2005)

Following the death of her father George VI princess Margaret hopes to marry the war hero Peter Townsend but is told that if she does she will be cut out of the Civil List and receive no ... See full summary »

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Following the death of her father George VI princess Margaret hopes to marry the war hero Peter Townsend but is told that if she does she will be cut out of the Civil List and receive no money. Throughout her life she is criticized by the anti-Royalist MP Willie Hamilton. She pursues a hedonistic life-style more suited to a wealthy upper class woman than a royal but in 1960 she meets and marries the photographer Anthony Armstrong-Jones and they have two children. However Margaret's insistence on being a party girl puts a strain on the marriage and they drift apart, each having affairs. Depressed when one of her lovers Robin Douglas-Home kills himself Margaret finds unexpected solace with the much younger Roddy Llewellyn, an aspiring singer who lives on a commune and whop shelters her from publicity. However they are snapped kissing and are emblazoned across the gutter press. For Armstrong-Jones and the royal family this is the final straw. Margaret is last seen on the Caribbean island... Written by don @ minifie-1

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The radio announcement following the death of George VI claims the Duke of Edinburgh will be made prince. Philip wouldn't be made a prince until 1957, five years later. See more »

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Danny La Rue: [Princess Margaret has seen Danny naked; he proceeds to cover himself up] What are you doing here?
Princess Margaret: Don't worry, Danny, I've seen a queen's crown jewels before!
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Uneven in tone, but Lucy Cohu does a great job
23 April 2006 | by (Saffron Walden, UK) – See all my reviews

Princess Margaret, the Queen's once beautiful sister, is today best remembered for her infamous rudeness, dissolute lifestyle, and premature infirmity. But it is possible to feel sorry for her, and to see as as spoilt by a combination of the absence of a role, and the first intrusions of our evolving celebrity culture. The 'Queen's Sister' is a rather peculiar rendering of her story: some of the time, it appears to be a sympathetic account of the (partly self-inflicted) awfulness of her life, but it intermittently descends into raucous satire with relatively little care for historical truth (for example, if you were to take it literally, you'd conclude the Robin Douglas-Home was Harold Wilson's son in law!). It's saved by a superb performance from Lucy Cohu as the Princess, aided by some excellent make-up work: she's physically convincing throughout, even though her character ages by over twenty years during the span of the drama (though the scenes where she sings never seem real). Interestingly, the Queen makes not a single appearance, though it's unclear whether this is a reflection of the truth, an unwillingness to directly attack the monarch, or simply a wicked delight in the idea that she only spoke to her sister through her husband, who is played by David Threllfall (clearly taking a few steps up in the world from playing Frank Gallacher!). In fact, Threlfall's performance as Philip reminds one less of the real Prince, but more of Rory Bremner impersonating his son. Overall, this is a curate's egg of a film, but Cohu makes it worth watching.


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