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A Royal Night Out (2015)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 4 December 2015 (USA)
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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.


Julian Jarrold
1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Sarah Gadon ... Elizabeth
Bel Powley ... Margaret
Emily Watson ... Queen
Rupert Everett ... King
Mark Hadfield ... Mickey
Jack Laskey ... Lieutenant Pryce
Jack Gordon ... Lieutenant Burridge
Tim Potter ... Duty Manager
Annabel Leventon Annabel Leventon ... Lady MacCloud
Geoffrey Streatfeild Geoffrey Streatfeild ... Jeffers
Jack Reynor ... Jack Hodges
Debra Penny ... Clippie
Ricky Champ ... Tough Soldier
Jack Brady ... Pub Landlord
Jessica Jay ... Girl at Trafalgar Square


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 Larry B.

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V-E Day, 1945. Princesses Elizabeth and Margaret escape the palace for...


Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some sexual content and brief drug elements | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

4 December 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Girls' Night Out See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$100,847, 6 December 2015, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$197,973, 13 December 2015
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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


In lieu of the nowadays renovated London Ritz, some scenes were filmed in May 2014 at the Hotel Metropole in Brussels (see the stylized HM letters on some of the glass doors in the ballroom scenes). The vintage luggage there used as movie props (seen in two passages of a few seconds) originates from the Belgian BELMAL Malletier museum collection. See more »


A corporal would never be an air gunner in the RAF even though at one stage Jack says that he's had his stripes taken off him. Even if he had been a sergeant, the lowest aircrew rank, Jack would not have had the remnants of the upper stripe like portrayed. See more »


Margaret: What's a knocking shop?
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Crazy Credits

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 »


Featured in The EE British Academy Film Awards (2016) See more »


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Written by C.W. Murphy and Harry Castling
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light weight mixed with some dark situations
2 February 2017 | by SnoopyStyleSee all my reviews

It's VE 1945 in London. Princesses Elizabeth (Sarah Gadon) and Margaret (Bel Powley) are eager to be out with the people. The King (Rupert Everett) is worried about his speech and reluctantly allows the girls to go out until 1am. To the girls' dismay, the Queen (Emily Watson) assigns them military chaperons and organizes a stuffy party. Margaret sneaks out and Elizabeth is desperate to find her with the help of bitter anti-establishment airman Jack Hodges (Jack Reynor) who is out AWOL.

This movie reminds me of 'Adventures in Babysitting' in both good and bad ways. It's a couple of clueless teens getting into trouble in the big city. It's light weight but mixed with some very dark situations. Margaret is cartoonishly idiotic. Elizabeth's cluelessness is a little more annoying and pompous. While Margaret is fake stupid, Elizabeth's posh attitude is too broad and feels unreal. The romance hits a few speed bumps but it gets to the right places. Sarah Gadon is charismatic but she's a little old to play the teenager future queen. This rom-com works well at times and less so at other times.

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