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Over in England, royalists are still fretting that actress Natalie Dormer, who plays the beloved Queen Elizabeth (later the even more beloved Queen Mum) in Madonna’s coming 'W.E.' movie will portray this revered figure in a 'savage, unflattering manner.' Well, she doesn’t play it that way, although it’s no secret that the Queen Mother was nobody’s fool and a tough cookie. That’s how Dormer handles it.
Nor is Wallis Simpson (played in the movie by Andrea Riseborough) made to appear overly sympathetic - the Brits worry over that, too. But director Madonna does not cast the character as heroine or villain. In life, things are rarely so black and white, as M herself knows.
It all happened 75 years ago. I remember sitting on the floor at home in Texas, listening to the astonishing King Edward VIII say he would give up his throne for 'the woman I love.' It did seem kind of dreamy. But England, on the verge of war, has never quite recovered or forgiven the 'romantic' abdication of their monarch.

www.wowowow.com/culture/liz-smith-24 - thanks to Alex

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glasgow1975

Actually that's not strictly true, the success of The Queen & The King's Speech prove that. Also HM The Queen is styled ER in Scotland not EIIR as she is the first and only Elizabeth, Queen of Scots. I suggest you check a postbox north of the border sometime.
I agree with the 'England' comment, so annoying tho strictly speaking it's The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland etc. and it was 1603 not 1604 ;)

Alison Wright

I'm afraid this is nonsense, especially statements like "But England...has never quite recovered or forgiven the 'romantic' abdication of their monarch." This is sheer, unadulterated fiction.

Madonna's own statements on what the Brits think about this topic are similarly out of touch with ordinary people, and the masses.

Most Brits don't give two hoots about the controversy that raged at the time; it's over with. It's of little interest to most modern Britons. The entire country has moved on several times over since way back then.

Many of the USA's ideas of the UK's culture and the UK's people and their values and reactions are, in general, wrong.

Even when she lived here, Madonna's views of this country were usually wrong. They still are.

Also, the name of the country is the United Kingdom, not 'England'. England is just one part of the UK. There is no King or Queen or Royal Family of England - the English monarchy merged with that of Scotland in 1604 AD, and England ceased to be a sovereign nation in 1707, as did Scotland, and ever since then there has been no Head of State of England, or of Scotland. There is, today, only a Head of State and only a monarchy of the United Kingdom. Journalists should know this, but either they don't or else they choose to ignore it for one reason or another.

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