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Quentin Crisp as Orlando’s Elizabeth I
Glyn Davis

books and public appearances he shaped an identity as a raconteur and entertainer, delivering carefully crafted and rehearsed epigrams and witticisms. Not unlike a member of the royal family, Crisp’s answers were rarely spontaneous or off-the-cuff; he was always performing himself. The one member of royalty that Crisp did pass judgement on, negatively, was Diana, Princess of Wales (Diana Spencer). In an

in The British monarchy on screen
James Downs

photographic portrait of a member of the royal family was a daguerreotype of Prince Albert, taken in 1842 by William Constable. While their representation of photography may have been anachronistic, the designers used genuine photographs to ensure the accuracy of the interior sets for the ballroom scenes. On the first day of filming, Tuesday 13 April 1937, photographs were taken of Grand Reception Room at

in The British monarchy on screen
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Amateur film, civic culture and the rehearsal of monarchy
Karen Lury

note how closely it follows the model that Ilse Hayden has identified in her anthropological study of the British royal family, in which she suggests that in these kinds of civic encounters, the Queen must balance precariously between appearing ordinary (accessible) and extraordinary (royalty). 5 She suggests, ‘Much of the appeal of the Queen as a symbol derives from her personhood, but the messiness of being a person

in The British monarchy on screen
Mia-Marie Hammarlin

after. They could have been after the royal family. When Sven Otto Littorin told me about his experiences of escape, the mood in the room was characterised by seriousness. Grimly, he described in detail how reporters from Aftonbladet pursued the getaway car that he and his then partner were travelling in. The first two weeks were pure escape, he said. They switched cars at night, dumped telephones in litter bins, and sought temporary refuge in the forest in a holiday home belonging to a friend’s in-laws. He described it as ‘entering a second childhood’ during such

in Exposed