The Queen gives royal assent to ‘The King’s Speech’

Last weekend, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg appeared to embrace “The Social Network” by appearing on “SNL” alongside Jesse Eisenberg, who portrays him in the film. On Friday came the news that Queen Elizabeth II found “The King’s Speech,” which depicts a difficult time in the life of her father, King George VI, to be both “moving” and “enjoyable.”

So reports Duncan Larcombe, royal editor of The Sun, one of the UK’s top-selling newspapers. He was informed that Her Majesty watched the film over the Christmas holidays. A source told him, “The Queen loves a good film. ‘The King’s Speech’ is close to the bone as it is a portrayal of her family in the 1930s. But she found it moving and enjoyable. She was clearly amused by some of the lighter moments.”

In a press release touting this royal endorsement, screenwriter David Seidler said, “To learn Her Majesty has seen the film, and was moved, in turn moves and humbles me greatly.  When, thirty years ago, the Queen Mother asked me to wait and not tell this story during her lifetime, because the memory of these events was still too painful, I realized the depths of the emotions involved. Now this story has been written and filmed with a great deal of love, admiration, and respect for Her Majesty’s father. That Her Majesty has responded favorably to this, is wonderfully gratifying.”

Added Harvey Weinstein, executive producer of the picture, “On behalf of the director Tom Hooper; the producers, Iain Canning, Emile Sherman, Gareth Unwin; Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush, Helena Bonham Carter; and our entire ensemble cast we are deeply honored and humbled by Her Majesty’s appreciation of the film. It was a labor of love for all of us and this is high praise, indeed.”

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