On V.E. Day in 1945, as peace extends across Europe, Princesses Elizabeth and Margaret are allowed out to join the celebrations. It is a night full of excitement, danger and the first flutters of romance.
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On VE Day in May 1945, as peace is declared across Europe and London is celebrating, Princesses Elizabeth and Margaret are allowed to join the celebrations, against the Queen's wishes. The King, impressed by Elizabeth's pleading, asks her to report back on the people's feelings towards him and his midnight speech on the radio. Each girl, incognito, is chaperoned by a Royal Army officer with an itinerary to be back at Buckingham Palace by 1:00 a.m. Soon realizing the Queen's planned itinerary does not fulfill their expectations of fun and meeting the ordinary people, Margaret is the first to slip away from her escort, followed by Elizabeth. Both princesses are separated on two different buses and have their own night-long adventure. Margaret is befriended by a Royal Naval officer seeking to take advantage of what he believes is just an ordinary girl. Elizabeth meets and becomes acquainted with an airman who is AWOL (absent without leave). Margaret is led by her naval officer into a ...Written by
Queen Elizabeth did join the crowds in London to celebrate VE day on May 8, 1945. In her diary she wrote: "Trafalgar Square, Piccadilly, Pall Mall, walked simply miles. Saw parents on balcony at 12.30am - ate, partied, bed 3am!". However, her sister Margaret was only 14 and did not join her. See more »
The King tells Elizabeth "This never happened" and "You were at the Ritz all night" when hundreds of people saw her identify herself and Margaret at the Chelsea Barracks. In real life, princesses Elizabeth and Margaret did go out of the palace into the crowds in front of Buckingham Palace that evening and they walked the streets for hours taking part in the celebrations, but they were never recognized. Elizabeth was in her Royal Army uniform and Margaret was only age 14. Elizabeth was a truck driver and mechanic in the Army who actually worked on engines. When they went out that night they were in a party of 16 including several military officers. Elizabeth said later she was terrified of being recognized but they never were and spent hours on the streets. They went out at 10:00 pm and returned to Buckingham Palace at 1:00 am as planned without any incident. See more »
This never happened. You were in the Ritz all night.
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The opening credits play over clips of stock-footage from the time-period, including a short clip of Winston Churchill giving a speech. See more »
A very proper comedy about a "wild" tale of two princesses
Princess Elisabeth and Princess Margert convince the King and Queen to let them celebrate VE day with a night out on the town among the people which turns out to be a crazy ride all over London, or at least that was the point.
But the ride couldn't get too crazy now could it. After all, this might be a fictional tale, but it's about the future Queen.
This movie tries too hard to keep the subject matter upscale. I never seen anything so uppity.
Don't get me wrong, A Royal Night Out definitely has it's charm and fun, but it all moved along to dull to convince me that they really had that good of a time on their night out.
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