The Duke of York, nicknamed "Bertie" (James Wilby), was born as royal "spare heir", younger brother to the Prince of Wales, and thus expected to spend a relatively private life with his Scottish wife, Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon (Juliet Aubrey), and their daughters, in the shadow of their reigning father, George V (Sir Alan Bates), and next that of his elder brother, who later succeeded to the British throne as Edward VIII. However, Edward decides to put his love for divorced American, Wallis Simpson (Amber Sealey), above dynastic duty, and ends up abdicating the throne, which falls to Bertie, who reigns as King George VI. He expects to be, as constitutional monarch, little more then a figure head, but again, fate has other ideas: Nazi Germany proves to be such a formidable war challenger to the British Empire that the desperate nation looks to the royal couple as a comforting symbol of its unbroken spirit, a part they play with great success, while hosting chased monarchs and governments ...
Did You Know?
In one scene where the King and the Queen are watching a German newsreel covering the Duke of Windsor's visit to Germany, Tommy Lascelles can be heard translating the German text for the King. But in reality, this would have been unnecessary as both the King and the Queen could speak German. See more
[Edward VIII aka David is playing his own composition on the bagpipes
I always think it's so clever to have the bagpipes as one's show-off, because no-one has the faintest idea whether you are playing them well... or badly.
If You Were the Only Girl (In the World)
Music by Nat Ayer
(as Nat D. Ayer)
Lyrics by Clifford Grey See more