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                                  THE QUEEN


                                  Written by

                                 Peter Morgan



          
                                                                 1.
          
          
          ARCHIVE TELEVISION FOOTAGE
          
          It's Election Day 1997. Up and down the country, the PEOPLE
          OF BRITAIN, people of all shapes and sizes and denominations,
          black and white, young and old, are going to the Polls.
          
          Everyone, that is, except the people that live in...


          EXT. BUCKINGHAM PALACE - DAY

          The most instantly recognisable Palace in the world.

          The Royal Standard, (the flag of heraldic lions and symbolic
          harp-strings that signals the Monarch's presence), flutters
          on the roof.
          

          INT. BUCKINGHAM PALACE - CHINESE ROOM DAY

          We're in a state room at Buckingham Palace. A TV plays in the
          corner..

                                  COMMENTARY
                     ..here's Tony Blair, just 43 years
                   old, arriving at the polling station
                   of his constituency in Sedgefield.."
          
          QUEEN ELIZABETH II, wearing formal robes of the Garter, is
          posing for an official portrait by an elderly black PORTRAIT
          ARTIST, (representative, one assumes, of one of the many
          Charities of which she is patron)..


                                   ELIZABETH
                     Have you voted yet, Mr Crawford?

                                  ARTIST

                           (proudly dabbing palette)
                     Yes, Ma'am. I was there when they
                    opened. First in line. Seven o'clock.
          
                                COMMENTARY

                    If he wins, he'll be the youngest
                   Prime Minister in almost two hundred
                   years.."

          He straightens..
          
                                 ARTIST
                   And I don't mind telling you, it
                   wasn't for Mr Blair.
          
                                ELIZABETH
                   Not a moderniser, then?

          
          
                               ARTIST
                   Certainly not. We're in danger of
                   losing too much that's good about this
                   country as it is.
          
                               TV COMMENTARY
                   "The only questions that still remain:
                   how big will his landslide be? And how
                   extensive, how sweeping will the
                   modernisation programme be that he
                   ushers in?"
          
                              ELIZABETH
                   Hmm.
          
          The QUEEN watches as he paints..
          
                               ELIZABETH
                   I rather envy you being able to vote.
                        (a beat)
                   Not the actual ticking of the box,
                   although, I suppose, it would be nice
                   to experience that ONCE.
                        (a beat)
                   But the sheer joy of being partial.
          
                              ARTIST
                   Yes..
          
          The ARTIST squints as he scrutinises the canvass..
          
                               ARTIST
                   One forgets that as Sovereign, you are
                   not entitled to vote.

                               ELIZABETH
                   No.
          
                               ARTIST
                   Still, you won't catch me feeling
                   sorry for you. You might not be
                   allowed to vote, Ma'am..
                        (a beat)
                   But it IS your Government.
          
                              ELIZABETH
                   Yes.
          
          The QUEEN raises her eyebrow..
          
                               ELIZABETH
                   I suppose that is some consolation.
          
                                                       FADE TO BLACK:
          
                              

          
          
                                                                  3.
          
          
          
          
          INT. BUCKINGHAM PALACE - QUEEN'S BEDROOM - DAY
          
          The QUEEN's face. Fast asleep. It's shortly before 8.00 am.
          Daylight filters through the curtains. As does something
          else..
          
          The stirring sound of bagpipes..
          
          
          EXT. BUCKINGHAM PALACE - INNER COURTYARD - DAY
          
          The inner courtyard of Buckingham Palace. In a ritual
          unchanged since Queen Victoria, a uniformed PIPER, wearing a
          kilt of Ancient Hunting Stuart tartan, marches under her
          Majesty's windows, playing the bagpipes.
          
           t's her morning alarm call, and it's the way she wakes up
          wherever she is - anywhere in the world.
          
          
          INT. BUCKINGHAM PALACE - QUEEN'S BEDROOM - DAY
          
          Darkness. A soft knock at the door. (The strains of bagpipes
          can still be heard from below). Her Majesty's DRESSER sticks
          her head round the corner, with a calling tray of Earl Grey
          tea and the newspapers.
          
                               MAID
                   G'morning, Ma'am.
          
          The DRESSER puts the tea and newspapers on a bedside table.
          
                               DRESSER
                  Shall I draw the curtains?
          
          The QUEEN's sleepy voice answers..`Please'. The DRESSER goes
          to the window.
          
                               ELIZABETH (O.S)
                   Did you stay up?
          
                                 DRESSER
                   Yes, Ma'am.
          
                               ELIZABETH (O.S)
                   And? Was it as expected..?
          
          The QUEEN's hand reaches for spectacles, then for the
          newspapers. She puts on her glasses.
          
                                RESSER
                   Yes, Ma'am. Mr Blair, by a landslide.
          
          The QUEEN's expression changes..
          
                         
          
                                                                   4.
          
          
          
                              ELIZABETH
                   I see.
          
          She lifts the newspaper up. The front page comes into sharp
          focus.
          
          FULL FRAME: the beaming smile of TONY BLAIR, the new Prime
          Minister. The QUEEN stares back. Their eyes meet - as it
          were. Headlines tell us..
          
                 "IT'S BLAIR!", "LANDSLIDE VICTORY FOR BLAIR".
          
          
          INT. BUCKINGHAM PALACE - BREAKFAST ROOM - DAY
          
          The QUEEN sits at breakfast. Reading the newspapers. Dogs
          under the table. A knock on the door, and ROBIN JANVRIN,
          (40's), her deputy Private Secretary, pops around..
          
                               JANVRIN
                   The Prime Minister is on his way,
                   Ma'am.
          
                               ELIZABETH
                   To BE, Robin.
                        (correcting, terse)
                   Prime Minister to BE.
          
          The QUEEN frostily flicks a page, without looking up..
          
                                ELIZABETH (cont'd)
                   He hasn't asked my permission yet.
          
          
          INT. BUCKINGHAM PALACE - CORRIDOR - DAY
          
          The QUEEN and JANVRIN walk through a corridor of the Palace.
          It has the air of a grand hotel. Chintz. Flock. Long, gilded
          mirrors. Portraits on the walls..
          
                               ELIZABETH
                   He's a hard one to read, isn't he?
          
                               JANVRIN
                   Yes. On the one hand his background is
                   quite establishment. Father a
                   Conservative. A public school
                   education at Fettes, where he was
                   tutored by the same man as the Prince
                   of Wales.

                                ELIZABETH
                   Well, we'll try not to hold that
                   against him.
          
                         

          
                                                                5.
          
          
          
                               JANVRIN
                   On the other, his manifesto promises
                   the most radical modernisation and
                   shake-up of the Constitution in three
                   hundred years.
          
                                ELIZABETH
                   Oh. Is he going to `modernise' us, do
                   you think?
          
                               JANVRIN
                   I wouldn't put it past him. He's
                   married to a woman with known anti-
                   Monarchist sympathies - you may
                   remember her curtsey the first time
                   you met. It could best be described as
                   `shallow'.
          
                               ELIZABETH
                   I don't measure the depth of a
                   curtsey, Robin. I leave that to my
                   sister.
          
                               JANVRIN
                   And I spoke to the Cabinet Secretary
                   who said he was expecting the
                   atmosphere at Downing Street to be
                   very informal. Everyone on first name
                   terms.
                        (a beat)
                   At the Prime Minister's insistence.
          
                               ELIZABETH
                   What? As in `Call me Tony?'
          
                              JANVRIN
                   Yes.
          
          The QUEEN's face puckers in distaste..
          
                               ELIZABETH
                   Oh. I'm not sure I like the sound of
                   that.
                         (a beat)
                   Have we sent him a protocol sheet?
          
          
          EXT. MALL - DAY
          
          ARCHIVE FOOTAGE: as TONY BLAIR's motorcade drives down the
          MALL.
          
          
          EXT. BUCKINGHAM PALACE - DAY
          
          The motorcade sweeps into the grand, inner quadrangle of
          Buckingham Palace, and stops at the King's door.
          

          
                                                                6.
          
          
          
          
          INT. CAR - DAY
          
          Three secret service BODYGUARDS leap out and open the car
          doors. TONY looks out at the palace..
          
                               TONY
                   Funny, I'm actually rather nervous.
          
                                HERIE
                    hy? You've met her often enough
                   before.
          
                               TONY
                   I know. But never one to one. And
                   never as Prime Minister.
          
                               CHERIE
                   Remember, you're a man that's just
                   been elected by the whole country.
                               T
                                TONY
                   Yes. But she's still, y'know..
          
          TONY looks up at the vast palace in front of him..
          
                                TONY
                   The Queen.
          
          
          INT. BUCKINGHAM PALACE - CORRIDOR/STAIRCASE - DAY
          
          A uniformed EQUERRY leads TONY and CHERIE through corridors,
          and up a grand staircase..
          
                               EQUERRY
                   When we reach the audience room, I
                   will knock. We will not wait to be
                   called, we will go straight inside.
                   Standing by the door, we bow. From the
                   neck. I will introduce you. The Queen
                   will extend her hand, you go to her,
                   bow again, then shake her hand.
          
          TONY shoots his cuffs, `Right', clears his throat.
          
                                QUERRY (cont'd)
                   Couple of other things. It's `Ma'am'
                   as in ham, not Ma'am as in farm.
          
                                 TONY
                   Yes..
          
                               EQUERRY
                   And when you're in the Presence, at no
                   point must you show your back.
          
                             

          
                                                                   7.
          
          
          
                               TONY
                   The `Presence'?
          
                               EQUERRY
                   Yes, Sir. That's what it's called,
                   when you're in her Majesty's company.

           TONY turns, shoots a look at CHERIE, who sticks her fingers
          down her throat. TONY smiles back..
          
          The EQUERRY reaches a grand door, and knocks gently. Without
          waiting for a reply, he enters..
          
          CHERIE is left in the corridor. Alone. She stares at a
          liveried FOOTMAN.
          
          He stares back. No life behind his eyes. CHERIE takes a seat
          on a chair. Eyes widen to herself.
          
          
          INT. BUCKINGHAM PALACE - AUDIENCE ROOM - DAY
          
          TONY and the EQUERRY enter, and gently bow their heads. The
          EQUERRY then straightens, and announces..
          
                               EQUERRY
                   Mr Blair, your Majesty.
          
          The QUEEN extends her hand. TONY walks forward, and shakes
          it. The EQUERRY leaves. The door is then closed.
          
                               ELIZABETH
                    ongratulations.
          
                               TONY
                   Thank you, Ma'am.
          
                               ELIZABETH
                   Your children must be very proud.
          
                                 TONY
                   I hope so.
          
                               ELIZABETH
                   You've three, haven't you?
          
                                TONY
                   That's right.
          
                                ELIZABETH
                   How lovely. Such a blessing. Children.
          
          The QUEEN and TONY take their seats..
          
                               ELIZABETH
                   So..Have we shown you how to start a
                   nuclear war yet?
          
                        

          
                                                                8.
          
          
          
                               TONY
                         (thrown)
                   No.
          
                               ELIZABETH
                   First thing we do, I believe.
                         a beat)
                   Then we take your passport and spend
                   the rest of the time sending you
                   around the world.
          
                               TONY
                   You obviously know my job better than
                   I do.
          
                               ELIZABETH
                   Well, you are my tenth Prime Minister,
                   Mr Blair. I'd like to think there
                   weren't too many surprises left. My
                   first was Winston Churchill. He sat in
                   your chair, in frock coat and top hat,
                   and was kind enough to give a shy
                               T
                   young girl like me quite an education.
          
                                TONY
                   I can imagine.
          
                               ELIZABETH
                    ith time, one has hopefully added
                   experience to that education, and a
                   little wisdom - better enabling us to
                   execute our constitutional
                   responsibility.
                        (a pointed addition)
                   To advise, guide and warn the
                   government of the day.
          
                               TONY
                   Advice which I look forward to
                   receiving.
          
                               ELIZABETH
                    ell, we will save that for our weekly
                   meetings.
                         a beat)
                   Now, if there's nothing else, I
                   believe we have some business to
                   attend to..
          
          TONY stares, then clicks..
          
                                 TONY
                   Of course..
          
          He falls, rather extravagantly, on bended knee. The
          supplicant position of deference...
          
                  

          
                                                                 9.
          
          
          
                               TONY
                   Your Majesty, the country has
                   spoken...and I come now to ask your
                   permiss..   E
                                ELIZABETH
                        (interjecting)
                   No, no, no. It's usual for ME to ask
                   the questions.
          
           TONY winces. Wishes the ground would swallow him up.
          
                               ELIZABETH
                   Mr Blair, the people have elected you
                   to be their leader. And so the duty
                   falls on me, as your Sovereign, to ask
                   you to become Prime Minister, and form
                   a government in my name.
          
           TONY stares. Lost for words. Then..
          
                               ELIZABETH
                   Generally, this is where you say
                   `yes.'
          
                                 TONY
                   `Yes'.
          
          The QUEEN extends her hand, which TONY kisses. She withdraws
          it again - quite sharply, then DISCREETLY PRESSES A BUZZER by
          her chair indicating the ceremony is over. The EQUERRY opens
          a door, and CHERIE is invited inside.
          
                               ELIZABETH (cont'd)
                   How nice to see you again, Mrs Blair.
          
           HERIE curtseys awkwardly, reluctantly, shallowly..
          
                               ELIZABETH (cont'd)
                   You must be very proud.
          
                                  HERIE
                   Yes.
          
                                ELIZABETH
                   And exhausted, I imagine. Where will
                   you be spending the summer?
          
                                 CHERIE
                   France.
          
                                 ELIZABETH
                   How lovely.
          
                               TONY
                    ou'll be in Balmoral, I expect.
          
                           

          
                                                               10.
          
          
          
                               ELIZABETH
                   Yes, I can hardly wait. Wonderful
                   place.
          
          The QUEEN indicates a portrait of QUEEN VICTORIA..
          
                               ELIZABETH
                   My great, great grandmother said of it
                   - "In Balmoral all seems to breathe
                   freedom and peace and to make one
                   forget the world and its sad
                   turmoils."
          
           t that moment, the doors open, and JANVRIN enters, and
          whispers urgently in the QUEEN's ear. The QUEEN's face
          changes as she listens.
          
                                ELIZABETH (cont'd)
                   Really..?
          
          Her expression changes. She frostily turns to the BLAIRS..
          
                               ELIZABETH (cont'd)
                   I'm afraid we're going to have to
                   leave it there.
          
          With that the QUEEN shakes TONY's hand. TONY and CHERIE
          awkwardly back out of the royal presence, leaving The QUEEN
          and JANVRIN.
          
                               ELIZABETH
                   Not too short, was it? I gave him
                   fifteen minutes.
                        (a beat)
                   One doesn't want to be rude.
          
          
          INT. BUCKINGHAM PALACE - CORRIDOR - DAY
          
          TONY and CHERIE walk down a corridor. CHERIE whispers under
          her breath..
          
                               CHERIE
                        (mimics QUEEN's manner)
                   "Thank you so much for coming. Now
                   bugger off."
          
                               TONY
                   I know. What was all that about?
          
                               CHERIE
                   Diana. Apparently she's got a new
                   boyfriend.
          
                           

          
                                                               11.
          
          
          
          
          ARCHIVE TELEVISION NEWS FOOTAGE
          
          Of PRINCESS DIANA walking hand in hand with a dark-haired MAN
          in his late thirties..
          
                               CNN NEWSREADER
                   Dodi Al-Fayed is the son of Egyptian
                   millionaire Mohammed Al-Fayed, a man
                   whom the English establishment has
                   repeatedly denied a British passport..

          TELEVISION NEWS FOOTAGE
          
          DIANA and DODI kissing and canoodling on board the yacht
          `Jonikal'..
          
                               GERMAN NEWSREADER
                   The Princess and Mr Fayed were hugging
                   and kissing in full view of the
                   world's press yesterday..
          
          
           ELEVISION NEWS FOOTAGE
          
          DIANA and DODI on the yacht on their last holiday together..
          
                               FRENCH NEWSREADER
                   ..the couple then left for Paris. At
                   one point, the Princess told gathered
                   reporters to watch out. Her next move
                   would really surprise them...
          
                                                            CUT TO:
          
          
          EXT. RITZ HOTEL - NIGHT
          
          PAPARAZZI are assembled outside the hotel. A few SPECTATORS
          too.
          
          
          CAPTION: "RITZ HOTEL, PARIS. 31 AUGUST, 1997".
          
          Various NEWS REPORTERS are also broadcasting...
          
                                RENCH REPORTER
                        (in French)
                   ..the Princess of Wales and Dodi Fayed
                   returned to Paris earlier today..
          
                                ERMAN REPORTER
                   ..where they visited a local jewellery
                   shop where unconfirmed reports
                   suggested Mr Fayed had been looking at
                   engagement rings..

          
          
                                                               12.
          
          
          
          
          INT. RITZ HOTEL - NIGHT
          
          CCTV FOOTAGE: the unmistakable blonde hair of the PRINCESS of
          WALES as she enters the Ritz Hotel through revolving doors.
          
          
          AXT. RITZ HOTEL - NIGHT
              German REPORTER continues..
          
                                 GERMAN REPORTER
                          (in German)
                     ...they have now been inside the hotel
                     for more than two hours. We believe
                     they have been dining in a suite on
                     the fifth floor..
          
          Presently a ripple of activity: DOORMEN furtively speak into
          walkie-talkies. Growing anticipation in the CROWD..
          
          An AMERICAN REPORTER turns to his camera..
          
                                 AMERICAN REPORTER
                     We've just been told the Princess is
                     about to come out of the hotel..
          
          PAPARAZZI jostle roughly for position, and raise their
          cameras as the doors open, and a BLACK MERCEDES slides into
          position.
          
          
          INT. RITZ HOTEL - SAME TIME
          
          Elsewhere in the hotel..
          
          The real DIANA, her BODYGUARD, DODI FAYED, and HENRI PAUL
          leave the public part of the hotel, and walk down a flight of
          stairs..
          
          
          EXT. RITZ HOTEL - FRONT ENTRANCE - NIGHT
          
          Pandemonium breaks out as BODYGUARDS emerge from the hotel.
          Engines roar into life of the decoy black Mercedes.

          Doors slam. The CROWD surges. An explosion of flashlights.
          Tyres burn. The squeal of rubber as the MERCEDES pulls off.
          
          Swarms of PAPARAZZI give chase, kick-starting their
          motorcycles, speaking into cell-phones to their COLLEAGUES..
          

          
          
                                                                13.
          
          
          
          
          INT. RITZ HOTEL - SAME TIME
          
          The real ROYAL PARTY, meanwhile, walks briskly through an
          underground corridor which leads to the back door of the
          hotel..
          
          
          EXT. RITZ HOTEL - BACK EXIT - SAME TIME
          
          PAPARAZZI who were waiting at the back exit, speak to their
          COLLEAGUES on their cell phones, and are about to jump on
          their motorcycles to join them in the chase, when suddenly..
          
          HENRI PAUL, PRINCESS DIANA, her BODYGUARD and DODI FAYED
          emerge from a door, and climb into a waiting Mercedes. HENRI
          PAUL turns to the PAPARAZZI..
          
                               PAUL
                        (in French, we see sub-
                         titles)
                   Don't bother following. You won't
                   catch us.
          
          The engine starts with a roar. The PAPARAZZI double-take, and
          frantically shout into their phones to their COLLEAGUES.
          `Wait! They've come out at the back.'
          
          
          EXT/INT. MERCEDES LIMOUSINE - NIGHT
          
          The Mercedes pulls up at a traffic light.
          
          ALL AROUND THEM: the glare of Paparazzi motorcycles and
          camera flashbulbs around the car. The Paparazzi call out in
          French and Italian. They thump the window. It's terrifying.
          
          An explosion of flashing lights. Popping flashbulbs. The
          traffic light turns amber. DODI barks at the DRIVER..
          
          The DRIVER, a short squat man in glasses, (we do not see his
          face), slams his foot down.
          
          
          EXT. EXPRESSWAY - NIGHT
          
          The car roars ahead, then speeds down into a tunnel, followed
          by the PAPARAZZI MOTORCYCLES.
          
                                                       FADE TO BLACK:
          
          
          EXT. BALMORAL CASTLE - NIGHT
          
          The Scottish Highlands. To establish.

          
                                                                  14.
          
          
          
          The silhouette of a magnificent ten year old STAG stands on a
          rock, and roars into the night.
          
          
          INT. CRAIGOWEN LODGE - NIGHT
          
          `RRRRrrrinnnnggg', the phone rings..
          
          A SILHOUETTE fumbles for a light switch, and hits the light.
          We immediately recognise the face. It's JANVRIN, the Queen's
          deputy Private Secretary.
          
                               JANVRIN
                        (into PHONE)
                   Robin Janvrin.
          
          He listens, then his expression changes.
          
                               ANVRIN (cont'd)
                   What?
          
          He checks the clock on the bedside table, waking rapidly now.
          Deadly serious..
          
                                ANVRIN (cont'd)
                   Right. I see.
          
          JANVRIN hangs up. Then urgently dials a number on the
          telephone..
          
          
          INT. CRAIGOWEN LODGE - NIGHT
          
                               JANVRIN (cont'd)
                   I'm going to need to speak to her
                   Majesty. Right away.
          
          
          EXT. BALMORAL ESTATE - NIGHT
          
           till pulling on clothes, JANVRIN rushes on foot towards the
          big house in the distance. Lights go on all over the darkened
          castle.
          
          
           NT. BALMORAL - STAIRCASE. NIGHT
          
           ANVRIN and a middle-aged   DRESSER, (half-asleep and still
          rearranging her uniform),   walk urgently up the stairs towards
          the second floor corridor   where the QUEEN's bedroom is
          located. They pass a PAGE   on the way down..
          
                               JANVRIN
                   Tell Sir Guy I'd like everyone in. As
                   soon as possible.
          
          The PAGE nods. Departs.
          

          
                                                               15.
          
          
          
          
          INT. QUEEN'S BEDCHAMBER - NIGHT
          
          A knock on the door. The door opens, and the DRESSER's voice
          gently calls out..
          
                                 DRESSER
                   Ma'am?
          
           he QUEEN stirs in her bed..
          
                               DRESSER
                   Mr Janvrin is here to see you..
          
                                 ELIZABETH
                   Oh..
          
          The QUEEN turns on the light. The DUKE of EDINBURGH flinches
          in irritation, scrunching his eyes as they are blinded..
          
                                 PRINCE PHILIP
                   What the..?
          
          
          INT. BALMORAL - CORRIDOR - NIGHT
          
           he QUEEN emerges from her bedroom wearing an old-fashioned
          dressing-gown, and clutching a hottie, (a velour-covered
          Cosimax hot water bottle), to find ROBIN JANVRIN waiting..
          
                               JANVRIN
                   Good evening, Ma'am. I'm sorry to
                   disturb..
          
          He clears his throat..
          
                               JANVRIN
                   I
                    've just had a call from our Embassy
                   in Paris. It's...the Princess of
                   Wales.
          
          PRINCE PHILIP appears in the doorway. Irritable.
          
                               PRINCE PHILIP
                   Why? What's she done now?
          
          
          INT. MYROBELLA - TRIMDON - TONY'S BEDROOM - NIGHT
          
          "Rrrrrinng", the phone rings. We're in TONY BLAIR's
          constituency house in Trimdon, near Durham in northern
          England.
          
           Click', TONY, in T-shirt, turns on the light. His face is
          creased with sleep. He blinks..
          

          
          
          
                                                                16.
          
          
          
                               TONY
                   What? How badly?
          
          The figure of CHERIE stirs in the bed. Groans. TONY listens
          to the voice at the other end..
          
                               TONY
                   I see. Who are we speaking to there?
          
                                TONY
                   Right.
                         shell-shocked)
                   Keep me posted.
          
          TONY hangs up. CHERIE turns..
          
                               TONY
                   It's Diana. She's been in a car
                   accident. In Paris.
          
                               CHERIE
                   Is it serious?
          
                               TONY
                   Apparently Dodi Fayed is dead.
          
                               CHERIE
                   What?
          
          CHERIE's face. Visibly shocked.   TONY has switched on the TV
          in the bedroom.
          
                               NEWSREADER
                   Let's just re-cap on what's happened.

          INT. BALMORAL - SITTING ROOM - NIGHT
          
           he QUEEN is sitting with the DUKE OF EDINBURGH.
          
                               PRINCE PHILIP
                   What was she doing in Paris?
          
                               ELIZABETH
                    ou know what she's like.
          
          The QUEEN flicks channels, peering over her glasses, trying
          to catch the latest news on the television..
          
          At that moment CHARLES enters the room. His face ravaged with
          concern. It's the first time the QUEEN has seen him since
          news of the crisis..
          

                                                            17.
          
          
          
                               ELIZABETH
                   It's quite awful...
                         (wants to console CHARLES
                          but finds it easier to
                          say..)
                   What are you going to do about the
                   boys?
          
          An awkward moment. Stifled..
          
                               CHARLES
                   Let them sleep until we know more.
          
                                ELIZABETH
                   Yes that's sensible.
          
                               CHARLES
                   I should go to Paris. I told my people
                   to start organising a jet.
          
                               ELIZABETH
                   What? A private one?
          
                               HARLES
                   Yes.
          
                               ELIZABETH
                   Isn't that precisely the sort of
                   extravagance they attack us for?
          
                               CHARLES
                    ell, how else am I going to get to
                   Paris at this time of night? The
                   airport at Aberdeen will be closed.
          
          Presently, a voice from behind..
          
                               QUEEN MOTHER
                   You can use the Royal Flight. They
                   keep one of the planes on permanent
                   stand-by.
                         deadpans)
                   In case I kick the bucket.
          
                                ELIZABETH
                   Out of the question. It's not a matter
                   of State.
          
                                HARLES
                   What are you talking about?
          
                                ELIZABETH
                   Diana is no longer an HRH, nor a
                   member of the Royal Family. This is a
                   private matter.
          

                                                               18.
          
          
          
                                 CHARLES
                     She's mother to your grandchildren.

          The QUEEN MOTHER sits on the sofa next to PRINCE PHILIP..
          
                                 QUEEN MOTHER
                     That's the latest?
          
                                 PRINCE PHILIP
                     I don't know. I can't hear..
                          (indicates TELEVISION)
                     Everyone's shouting!
          
          CHARLES stares in disbelief. Exits the room..
          
          
          INT. BALMORAL - JANVRIN'S OFFICE - NIGHT
          
              television plays in the corner..
          
                                 TELEVISION
                     ..behind me, is the tunnel of the Pont
                     de l'Alma, which you reach by the
                     expressway along the Seine. It was
                     along here that the Mercedes carrying
                     the Princess..
          
           ANVRIN's SECRETARY hands over the phone..
          
                                 SECRETARY
                     The Ambassador, in Paris.
          
                                 JANVRIN
                     Good evening, Sir.
          
          JANVRIN listens to what the person is saying at the other
          end. His expression changes..
          
                                   JANVRIN
                     Right.
                              ashen-faced)
                     I see.
          
          
           NT. BALMORAL - 1ST FLOOR CORRIDOR - NIGHT
          
          An ashen-faced JANVRIN walks along the corridor, reaches the
          room where the ROYAL FAMILY is watching television.
          
           e clears his throat, knocks on the door..
          
          
          INT. BALMORAL - LARGE SITTING-ROOM - NIGHT
          
          JANVRIN enters.

                                                                 19.
          
          
          
                                 JANVRIN
                     I've just spoken to our Ambassador in
                     Paris, Ma'am.
          
           ll heads turn to face him..
          
                                 JANVRIN (cont'd)
                     I'm afraid it's not good news.
          
          
          INT. BALMORAL - CHARLES'S STUDY - SAME TIME (AYRSHIRE)
          
          PRINCE CHARLES's face: he lets out a strangled cry, as he
          hears the news..
          
                                CHARLES
                     No!
          
          CHARLES roars in pain and disbelief. His knuckles whiten..
          
                                 CHARLES
                     No, no, no, no..!
          
          In the doorway: STEPHEN LAMPORT, who has delivered the news,
          can hardly bear to watch..
          
          
          INT. BALMORAL - LARGE SITTING-ROOM - NIGHT
          
          ON TV: struggling in vain to hold onto his composure, a
          BRITISH NEWSREADER relays the news, visibly in shock..
          
                                 NEWSREADER
                     We have just had confirmation, that
                          (
                     Diana, Princess of Wales..
                            voice cracks)
                     ..has died in Paris.
          
           ELIZABETH, PRINCE PHILIP and THE QUEEN MOTHER all stare. A
          tableau of shock.
          
              CNN ANCHOR breaks the news to a worldwide audience..
          
                                 CNN ANCHOR
                     "I'm afraid we have some bad news to
                     report.."
          
          
          INT. MYROBELLA - NIGHT
          
          The CNN ANCHOR continues on TV.
          
                                  NN ANCHOR
                     "Diana, Princess of Wales, is dead."
          
          TONY BLAIR is watching on TV, sitting downstairs, having
          thrown on some clothes. He speaks on the phone..
          

                                                               20.
          
          
          
                               TONY
                   What have I got on this week?
          
          
          INT. DOWNING STREET - SAME TIME
          
          ALASTAIR CAMPBELL, Press Secretary to TONY BLAIR, is dressed
          and already in Downing Street. Also watching television. (WE
          INTERCUT BETWEEN THE TWO LOCATIONS AS NECESSARY).
          
                               ALASTAIR
                   You're writing your maiden Conference
                   speech as Prime Minister.
          
                               TONY
                   Well, let's cancel everything else.
                   This is going to be massive.
                         a beat)
                   I'd better make a statement in the
                   morning.
          
                               ALASTAIR
                   You'll be pleased to know I've already
                   started coming up with ideas.
          
           n CAMPBELL's knee, a pad of paper. We pick out the words,
          "People's Princess." T
          
                                TONY
                   God, she's only been dead an hour!
          
                               ALASTAIR
                   Would you prefer I didn't do my job?
          
          
          INT. BALMORAL - CHILDREN'S CORRIDOR - NIGHT
          
           he QUEEN's FACE in close-up. Her eyes flicker as she watches
          something intently.
          
           e REVERSE ANGLE to see: a half-open door. SILHOUETTES
          inside. The sound of male voices. Whispering. Speaking
          softly.
          
          It's the moment the BOYS are being told. We make out the
          SILHOUETTES hugging. The sound of tears. Soft voices. CHARLES
          repeatedly kissing his SONS.
          
           ur CAMERA stays on the QUEEN's FACE. A distant flicker of
          pain at the unrestrained intimacy and affection between them.
          
          Presently, the door opens, and a red-eyed PRINCE CHARLES
          emerges.
          
          C
          
          
          
          
                                                               21.
          
          
          
                               CHARLES
                   They're going to go back to sleep.
                        (clears his throat, speaks
                         with difficulty)
                   Well, try anyway.
          
          The QUEEN goes up to CHARLES and stiffly, poignantly, tries
          to touch him. But cannot. Is unable. She withdraws her hand.
          
                               CHARLES
                        (reading the message)
                   My Private Secretary's office has
                   found a travel agency open in New York
                   that will sell me a flight to Paris
                   with an hour's stop over in
                   Manchester.
          
          CHARLES contains himself with difficulty..
          
                               CHARLES
                   Perhaps now you might consider whether
                   it's still an extravagance to bring
                   back the mother of the future King of
                   England in one of our planes?
          
                              ELIZABETH
                        (after a long pause)
                   All right.
          
           HARLES's eyes burn. He turns, and walks out.
          
          The QUEEN is left alone. She stares for a moment, then
          leaves, passing a FOOTMAN.
          
                               ELIZABETH
                        (to FOOTMAN)
                   I don't want the boys to see the news
                   and get upset. First thing tomorrow
                   morning, I want the radio taken out of
                   their bedroom, and the television
                   taken out of the nursery.
          
          The FOOTMAN bows..
          
          
          INT. BALMORAL CASTLE - QUEEN'S BEDCHAMBER - VERY EARLY DAWN
          
          The QUEEN sits in bed, writing her diary, in a bedchamber
          where the decor is unchanged in a hundred years..
          O
           utside, the sound of bird-song. The first rays of light.
          
          The DUKE OF EDINBURGH sticks his head around the corner. He
          looks at the QUEEN..
          
                               PRINCE PHILIP
                   Well, well, well.
          

                                                                  22.
          
          
          
                                 ELIZABETH
                   Ye-es.
          
                               PRINCE PHILIP
                   Are you all right?
          
          A silence.
          
                               PRINCE PHILIP (cont'd)
                   Your sister called about an hour ago.
                   From Tuscany.
          
                                ELIZABETH
                     hope you told her to come back? Cut
                   the holiday short?
          
                                 PRINCE PHILIP
                   I did.
          
          ELIZABETH raises her eyebrow..
          
                                  ELIZABETH
                       an't imagine she was pleased.
          
                               PRINCE PHILIP
                   That's putting it mildly.
          
                               ELIZABETH
                   What did she say?
          
          PHILIP smiles to himself recalling MARGARET's words..
          
                               PRINCE PHILIP
                   Something about Diana managing to be
                   even more annoying dead than alive.
          
          The QUEEN looks up..
          
                               ELIZABETH
                   Just make sure the boys never hear you
                   talk like that.
          
                                 PRINCE PHILIP
                   Of course.
          
          PHILIP produces a bottle of pills from his dressing-gown
          pocket, and shakes them..
          
                               PRINCE PHILIP (cont'd)
                   Something to help you go down?
          
                               ELIZABETH
                   No. I'm going to do my diary a little
                   longer.
          
                               PRINCE PHILIP
                   Fine. I'll sleep next door.
          

                                                               23.
          
          
          
          PHILIP touches her on the shoulder. But she doesn't
          reciprocate. He goes. The QUEEN appears to continue writing,
          but our CAMERA slowly turns to reveal her PEN is not moving.
          Nor writing.
          
          She's staring in thought.
          
          
          AXT. MYROBELLA - DAY
            Victorian, red-brick house. In the driveway, the
          incongruous mix of a grey Renault Espace people-carrier and
          two POLICE VEHICLES.
          
          In the modest garden: two ARMED POLICE OFFICERS are playing
          football with three young CHILDREN..
          
          
          INT. TRIMDON - BLAIR KITCHEN - DAY
          
          Inside the plain, unfashionably decorated house..
          
          The TV plays in the corner of the kitchen. CHERIE BLAIR,
          visibly upset, watches TV while cooking breakfast.
          
           TONY is not wearing his Newcastle shirt.
          
          TONY is reading out his statement which is written on a pad
          of paper, filled with crossings-out..
          
                               TONY
                   "..that's how she will remain. In our
                   minds, our hearts, forever."
                        (looks up)
                   OK, got it.
          
          
          INT. DOWNING STREET - SAME TIME.
          
          ALASTAIR CAMPBELL is in Downing Street, sits in an office,
          feet on a desk, staring at the TV..
          
                               ALASTAIR
                   Where will you do it?
          
                               TONY
                   I thought at church. On the way in.
          
          ON TV: breaking news: Diana's brother, EARL SPENCER, makes a
          statement from the gates outside his house in South Africa..
                               S
                                PENCER (ON TV)
                   ...this is not a time for
                   recriminations, however I would say
                   that I always believed that the press
                   would kill her in the end.
                               (MORE)
          

          
          
                                                               24.
                               SPENCER(cont'd)
                   But even I could not imagine that they
                   would take such a direct hand in her
                   death as seems to be the case. It
                   would appear that every proprietor and
                   editor of every publication that has
                   paid for intrusive and exploitative
                   photographs of her has blood on his
                   hands today...
          
                               ALASTAIR
                   Not the press, mate. You've got the
                   wrong villain.
          
          An AIDE appears in the doorway, catches TONY's eye, and
          indicates her watch..
          
                               TONY
                   I've got to go.
          
                               ALASTAIR
                   You about to speak to the Queen?
          
                                TONY
                   Yes.
          
          ALASTAIR shoots a mischievous look..
          
                               ALASTAIR
                   Ask her if SHE greased the brakes.
          
                                TONY
                   Now, now..
          
          TONY hangs up, crosses to the study, making sure the doors
          are shut so he won't be disturbed. We notice his shirt has
          no. 10 on the back, under the name, `BLAIR'.
          
          
           NT. BALMORAL - DINING ROOM - DAY
          
           he QUEEN, PRINCE PHILIP and the QUEEN MOTHER sit in silence
          at the table, eating breakfast, stoically listening to radio
          coverage, soberly flicking through newspapers..
          
          The QUEEN is the only one who is fully dressed, (the others
          in bathrobes), and she wears black. She is reading "The
          Sunday Times".
          
          All around them the QUEEN's (elderly) MAIDS perform the
          choreography of service as the radio coverage continues. One
          MAID pours tea. Another brings fresh toast.
          
          Also present is the rather smarter VALET and MAID belonging
          to the PRINCE of WALES, and his separate HOUSEHOLD. They have
          a separate, (and more stylish), uniform of their own.
          T
           hey set CHARLES's place and his breakfast, (nuts, grains,
          healthy food).
          
                              T
          
          
          
          
                                                               25.
          
          
          A flamboyant napkin is folded into an elaborate fleur-du-lis,
          (traditional symbol of the PRINCE OF WALES). The QUEEN turns
          to Charles's VALET..
          
          A knock on the door, JANVRIN enters, and bows in respect to
          the QUEEN..
          
                               JANVRIN
                   I'm sorry to disturb, Ma'am, but I've
                   the Prime Minister, for you. From his
                   constituency.
          
                              QUEEN MOTHER
                        (privately rolls eyes,
                         without looking up from
                         newspaper)
                   Lucky you.
          
                               ELIZABETH
                   Thank you, Robin. I'll take it next
                   door.
          T
           he QUEEN gets to her feet and walks out into..
          
          
          INT. BALMORAL - FIRST FLOOR CORRIDOR - DAY
          
          The first-floor corridor. STAFF flatten themselves against
          the wall, averting their eyes as..
          
          The QUEEN unexpectedly comes out of the dining-room, walks
          along the corridor, and disappears into..
          
          
          INT. BALMORAL - QUEEN'S STUDY - DAY
          
          The QUEEN's study. High ceilings, portraits, stag's antlers
          on the wall. The QUEEN picks up the phone..
          
                               ELIZABETH (cont'd)
                   Good morning, Prime Minister.
          
          
          INT. TRIMDON - BLAIR'S STUDY - DAY
          
          The contrast in surroundings could hardly be greater. TONY
          sitting in a cramped room, surrounded by toys, in track suit,
          in a working-class house..
          
                                TONY
                   Good morning, your Majesty. May I say
                   right away how very sorry I am - and
                   that the thoughts and prayers of my
                   family are with you at this terrible
                   time and with the two princes in
                   particular.
          

          
                                                               26.
          
          
          
                                ELIZABETH
                   Thank you.
          
           HERIE appears in the doorway.
          
                                TONY
                   Is it your intention to make some kind
                   of appearance. Or statement?
          
                                ELIZABETH
                   Certainly not.
          
          
          INT. BALMORAL - QUEEN'S STUDY - DAY
          
          The QUEEN's face, bristling at the suggestion. (WE INTERCUT
          AS NECESSARY)..
          
                               ELIZABETH
                   No member of the Royal family will
                   speak publicly about this. It is a
                   private matter and we would all
                   appreciate it if it could be respected
                   as such.
          
                                TONY
                   I see.
          
          TONY straightens, taken aback..
          
                               TONY
                   I don't suppose anyone has had time to
                   think about the funeral yet?
          
                               ELIZABETH
                   We've spoken to the Spencer family,
                   and it's their wish..
                        (a beat)
                   ..their express wish, that it should
                   be a private funeral. With a memorial
                   service to follow in a month, or so.
          
                                TONY
                   Right.
          
          TONY shoots a look at CHERIE..
          
                               ELIZABETH
                   Given that Diana was no longer a
                   member of the Royal Family we have no
                   choice but to respect their wishes.
          
                                TONY
                   I see.
          
           TONY shoots a look at CHERIE..
          

                                                               27.
          
          
          
                               TONY
                   You don't feel that in view of her
                   high profile and popularity..
                        (
                          choosing his words
                          carefully)
                   ...it might be an idea to pay tribute
                   to her life and achievements?
                        (a beat)
                   Or even just to her as a mother?
          
          The QUEEN's face freezes over.
          
                               ELIZABETH
                   As I said. That's the Spencers' wish.
          
                               TONY (cont'd)
                   And the public, Ma'am? The British
                   People?
          
          TONY hesitates..
          
                               TONY
                   You don't think a private funeral
                   would be denying them a chance..
          
                               ELIZABETH
                    hance to what..?
          
                               TONY
                   To share in the grief?
          
          The QUEEN's face: did she hear right?
          
                                ELIZABETH
                   It's a family funeral, Mr. Blair. Not
                   a fairground attraction.
                        (a beat)
                   I think the Princess has already paid
                   a high enough price for exposure to
                   the press, don't you?
          
          PRINCE PHILIP enters, dressed and ready for church. He
          indicates his watch..
          
                               ELIZABETH (cont'd)
                   Now, if there is nothing else I must
                   get on. The children have to be looked
                   after.
          
                                TONY
                   Of course.
          
          `Click', the QUEEN hangs up. TONY stares at the receiver.
          
                               TONY (cont'd)
                   Good bye, Your Majesty.
          

          
                                                               28.
          
          
          
          He puts down the phone...
          
                                TONY
                   Her instinct is to do nothing. Say
                   nothing. And give her a private
                   funeral.
          
                               CHERIE
                   Are you surprised? She hated her guts.
          
                               TONY
                   Well, I think it's a mistake.
          
          TONY's face becomes dark..
          
                               TONY
                   They screwed up her life. Let's hope
                   they don't screw up her death.
          
          
          INT. SALOON/HALL - BALMORAL - DAY
          
           veryone is getting ready to go to church. The QUEEN and
          QUEEN MOTHER are putting on their hats. PRINCE PHILIP, in
          full Highland regalia and black tie, helps both LADIES into
          their long coats...
          
                               ELIZABETH
                   The Chaplain called. Wanted to know
                   whether he should make any changes to
                   the service or make special mention of
                   Diana.
          
                               PRINCE PHILIP
                   What did you say?
          
                               ELIZABETH
                   I told him he shouldn't change a
                   thing.
          
                                  UEEN MOTHER
                   Q
                    uite right.
          
                               ELIZABETH
                   I think the less fuss one makes, or
                   draws attention to it, the better.
                         she lowers her voice, as
                         the PRINCES approach from
                         the saloon with CHARLES)
                   For the boys.
          
                              QUEEN MOTHER
                   Yes.
          
                               ELIZABETH
                   And we should probably arrange some
                   company for them. Some young people.
          

                                                               29.
          
          
          
                               PRINCE PHILIP
                   I'll take them for a long walk this
                   afternoon. Up Craggy Head.
          
                               ELIZABETH
                   Good. They'd like that.
          
           RINCE PHILIP opens the doors..
          
                               ELIZABETH (cont'd)
                   But no guns. It's Sunday.
          
          They walk off to the waiting CARS..
          
          
          INT. DOWNING STREET - SAME TIME
          
          Offices BUSY FOR SUNDAY. Bustling AIDES and SECRETARIES. The
          engine room of Government. An AIDE sticks his head round a
          door, and calls down the corridor to...
          
                               AIDE
                   Alastair? He's on..
          
          CAMPBELL turns, and excuses himself from his conversation,
          walks back down the corridor..
          
          
          INT. OFFICE - DAY
          
          ALASTAIR enters a press `monitoring' room, where several
          televisions are playing. One or two AIDES are busy working..
          
          ON TV: TONY, wearing a dark suit, and tie, takes his position
          in front of the statue of the Virgin Mary, in front of the
          cameras.
          
          
          EXT. TRIMDON CHURCH - DAY
          
          TONY steps closer to the microphones, then..
          
                               TONY
                    e are today a nation in a state of
                   shock, in mourning, in grief that is
                   so deeply painful to us. People
                   everywhere, not just here in Britain,
                   kept faith with Princess Diana..
          
          
          INT. BALMORAL CASTLE - DAY
          
          JANVRIN watches the broadcast on television, surrounded by
          several MEMBERS OF STAFF - MAIDS, COOKS, VALETS, FOOTMEN, all
          craning their necks, watching the television in the Private
          Secretary's room..
          

                                                                 30.
          
          
          
          Our camera stays on JANVRIN's face, as TONY's speech
          continues..
          
                               TONY (ON TV)
                    They liked her, they loved her, they
                   regarded her as one of the people. She
                   was the people's princess, and that is
                   how she will stay, how she will remain
                   in our hearts and memories forever.."
          J
           ANVRIN's eyes roll privately..
          
                               JANVRIN
                   A bit over the top, don't you think?
          
          JANVRIN turns, fully expecting everyone to agree..
          
          But instead all the STAFF MEMBERS behind him have tears
          rolling down their cheeks..
          
          
          EXT. HOSPITAL - PARIS - DAY
          
          Archive Footage.
          
          CHARLES's motorcade pulls up outside the hospital in Paris.
          Doors open. PRINCE CHARLES gets out..
          
          
          INT. HOSPITAL - CORRIDOR - PARIS - DAY
          
          Shooting through the half-open door: we watch as the PRINCE
          of WALES disappears into the room. In the far corner, an open
          coffin.
          
           HARLES is visibly distressed. We hear the PRIEST's voice as
          he begins to pray..
          
                                PRIEST
                   Notre Pere qui es aux cieux,
                   Que ton nom soit sanctifie,
                   Que ton regne vienne,
                   Que ta volonte soit faite,
                   S
                     ur la terre comme au ciel..
          
          In the corridor: hospital OFFICIALS quietly close the door in
          respect.
          
          
          TELEVISION NEWS FOOTAGE
          
          PRESIDENT BILL CLINTON, fighting emotion, speaking from the
          White House lawn..
          

                                                                 31.
          
          
          
                               CLINTON (ON TV)
                   I'll always be glad I knew the
                   Princess, and hope everyone will
                   support her two fine sons and help
                   them have the life and the future she
                   would want..
          
          PRESIDENT NELSON MANDELA - speaking from Cape Town..
          
                               MANDELA (ON TV)
                   I had the honour of hosting her a few
                   months ago when she visited our
                   country, and I was tremendously
                   impressed by her..
          
          The sound of a NEWSREADER's voice..
          
                               NEWSREADER (V.O.)
                   In cities all around the world,
                   shrines have been created, in a
                   spontaneous, worldwide outpouring of
                   grief.
          
           mages of NEW YORKERS laying flowers outside the British
          Embassy, AUSTRALIANS doing the same in Sydney, PAKISTANIS in
          Karachi..
          
          
           NT. CAR - DAY
          
          TONY BLAIR is in a car on his way back down to London. The
          phone rings. He is travelling with an AIDE, who answers the
          phone, listens, then hands it to TONY..
          
                                  IDE
                   Lord Airlie.
          
                               A
          TONY shoots a look, `Who?' The AIDE covers the phone..
          
                                IDE
                   The Lord Chamberlain. In charge of the
                   funeral. You're meeting him at the
                   airport.
          
          TONY nods. Takes the phone.
          
                               TONY
                   Lord Airlie.
          
          
          INT. CAR - SAME TIME
          
          A rather formidable, handsome, aristocratic man with a
          military bearing, is driven in a car, speaking into a mobile
          phone..
          

          
                                                               32.
          
          
          
                               AIRLIE
                        (brisk, military)
                   Prime Minister. I'm responsible for
                   organising all royal ceremonial
                   events...
                        (a beat)
                   And there's simply no precedent for
                   the funeral of an ex-HRH.
          
          
          INT. CAR - SAME TIME
          
          TONY privately rolls his eyes at the ridiculous upper-class
          pronunciation..
          
                               TONY
                   Then perhaps we should plan for any
                   contingency.
          
                                ORD AIRLIE
                   Yes. I've arranged a meeting tomorrow
                   morning at 10.00 at Buckingham Palace.
                   Officials from all three palaces,
                   representatives from the Spencer
                   Family, the emergency services.
                         a beat)
                   Would you send some of your people?
          
                               TONY
                   Absolutely. Of course.
          
          They hang up.
          
                               TONY
                        (mimicking)
                   `Preeecedent?'
          
           TONY rolls his eyes.
          
                               TONY
                   Where do they find these people?
          
          
          EXT. RAF NORTHOLT - DAY
          
          PRINCE CHARLES comes down the steps of his plane. He walks
          towards the line of OFFICIALS, among them TONY BLAIR who
          stands next to LORD AIRLIE. TONY and PRINCE CHARLES shake
          hands..
          
                               TONY
                   I'm so sorry, Sir. And if there's
                   anything I or my Government can do...
          
          CHARLES appears distracted. Miles away..
          

          
                                                                33.
          
          
          
                               CHARLES
                   They stood up as we drove past...in
                   cafes...in restaurants. Removed their
                   hats. This was Paris. One of the
                   busiest cities in the world...and you
                   could hear a pin drop...
          
                               TONY
                   I imagine it will be the same here.
          
                               CHARLES
                   Yes...I imagine it will.
          
           HARLES looks at TONY..
          
                               CHARLES
                   The Palace would still prefer to see
                   it as a private funeral. What are your
                   feelings on that?
          
                              TONY
                   I...
                        (a diplomatic smile)
                   I think that would present us with
                   difficulties.
                               C
                                HARLES
                   So do I. My mother..
                        (corrects himself)
                   ...the Queen, comes from a generation
                   not best equipped to...
                        (tailing off)
                   ...she grew up in the war...
                        (a beat)
                   I think what we need, what the COUNTRY
                   needs is to be led by someone.."of
                   today". If you follow?
                        (a beat)
                   Balmoral is..
                        (he gestures, `another
                         world')
          
                               TONY
                   I think I understand.
          
          CHARLES and TONY shake hands, then the PRINCE moves on...
          
          Meanwhile, in the background, DIANA's coffin is taken from
          the aeroplane by pall-bearers and loaded into a hearse.
          
           he coffin is draped in the ROYAL STANDARD....
          
          
          INT. BALMORAL - LARGE SITTING-ROOM - NIGHT
          
          The QUEEN, PRINCE PHILIP and the QUEEN MOTHER watch
          television. It's the evening news..
          

                                                               34.
          
          
          
          ON TV: PRINCE CHARLES is greeted by PRESIDENT CHIRAC on the
          steps of the hospital.
          
                                ELIZABETH
                   Have we heard from the Spencers again?
                   Have they made up their minds when the
                   funeral will be?
          
                               QUEEN MOTHER
                   Not me. No one tells me anything.
          
                               NEWSREADER (V.O.)
                   The Prince of Wales spent half an hour
                   at the hospital. At 5.06, the party
                   left with Diana's coffin..
          
                               PRINCE PHILIP
                    n our walk today, one of the ghillies
                   said he'd seen a large stag up at
                   Craghie Head.
                         a beat)
                   He reckoned fourteen points.
          
                               QUEEN MOTHER
                   What? Really? We haven't had one that
                   big on this estate in years.
          
                                 PRINCE PHILIP
                   No. Quite.
          
          ON TV: CHARLES's plane arrives back in England.
          
                                EWSREADER (V.O.)
                   Diana's coffin arrived back in London,
                   at RAF Northolt, two hours later..
          
          The QUEEN watches intently as CHARLES is greeted on the
          runway by TONY BLAIR, and the two men talk.
          
          A flicker of suspicion on the QUEEN's face..
          
                               PRINCE PHILIP
                    nyway, I thought it might be a good
                   distraction. For the boys.
          
                                ELIZABETH
                   What? Stalking?
          
          The QUEEN looks up..
          
                               ELIZABETH (cont'd)
                   Isn't it a bit soon?
          
                               PRINCE PHILIP
                   I think anything that gets them
                   outside is a good idea.
          

                                                                 35.
          
          
          
                               NEWSREADER (V.O.)
                    arlier today, the Prime Minister made
                   a statement from his constituency..
          
          ON TV: TONY making his speech outside the church in Trimdon.
          We CLOSE on the QUEEN's face as she hears..
          
                               TONY (ON TV)
                   "They liked her. They loved her. They
                   regarded her as one of the People. She
                   was the People's Princess, and that is
                   how she will remain in our hearts
                   forever.."
          
          The QUEEN watches in disbelief. Her knuckles whiten.
          
                               ELIZABETH
                   I'm sorry, I can't bear it.
                         gets to her feet)
                   I'm going to bed.
          
          The QUEEN walks out.
          
          
          EXT. BUCKINGHAM PALACE - DAY
          
          The following morning. A bare flagpole. No flag flying.
          
          But the flowers left by mourners outside the palace gates are
          growing.
          
          
           NT. BUCKINGHAM PALACE - MEETING ROOM - DAY
          
          A large ceremonial room. Elaborate chinoiserie. Ming vases.
          Inside, some thirty or forty OFFICIALS, many uniformed, sit
          around a table. Among them: the CHIEF CONSTABLE of the
          METROPOLITAN police, the heads of the FIRE SERVICE and
          AMBULANCE SERVICE, military OFFICERS, representatives from
          the three palaces, Kensington Palace, (DIANA's court), St
          James's Palace, (CHARLES's court) and Buckingham Palace, (the
          QUEEN's court), representatives from the Intelligence and
          Police Protection services, experts in protocol, and finally,
          representatives from the SPENCER FAMILY and Downing Street,
          (among them ALASTAIR CAMPBELL).
          L
           ORD AIRLIE, (whom we met at RAF Northolt), checks the time.
          It's ten o'clock. He raps on a table, calling the meeting to
          order..
          
                               LORD AIRLIE
                   Right. It's ten o'clock. Let's make a
                   start. Thank you all for coming at
                   such notice. I think we all agree this
                   is an extraordinarily sensitive
                   occasion which presents us with
                   tremendous challenges logistically...
                               (MORE)
          

                                                               36.
                               LORD AIRLIE(cont'd)
                        (a beat)
                   ...constitutionally..
                        (a beat)
                   ..practically...
                        (a beat)
                   ...diplomatically..
                        (a beat)
                   ...procedurally...
          
          ALASTAIR privately rolls his eyes..
          
                               ALASTAIR
                   Oh, Christ..
          
          
          EXT. DOWNING STREET - DAY
          
          10, Downing Street. A car pulls up. ALASTAIR CAMPBELL gets
          out. Visibly in a bad mood.
          
          
          INT. DOWNING STREET - DAY
          
          TONY BLAIR is in his office, surrounded by his AIDES, working
          in shirtsleeves.
          
                               TONY
                   "..after eighteen years of Opposition,
                   of frustration and despair, I am
                   proud, privileged, to stand before you
                   as the new Prime Minister..."
          
                                IDE
                   Labour Prime Minister..
          
                               TONY
                   "I want to set an ambitious course to
                   modernise this country. To breathe new
                   life into our institutions. To make
                   privilege something for the many, not
                   the few. So that we become nothing
                   less than a beacon to the world..."
          
          `Thump', the door opens, ALASTAIR CAMPBELL enters, clutching
          the day's newspapers..
                               A
                                LASTAIR
                   Bloody hell! You think the Royals are
                   nutters! You should meet their
                   flunkeys! Two and a half-hours on
                   whether she should be carried in a
                   hearse or a gun-carriage.
                        (taps head, "Nuts")
                   Anyway, raves in the press.
          
          ALASTAIR dumps the papers on the desk..
          

          
          
                                                               37.
          
          
          
                               ALASTAIR
                   This lot call you "The Nation's
                   Mourner in Chief", this lot say you're
                   "The only person who has correctly
                   judged the mood of the country". Even
                   the "Mail"..
                        (disdainfully holding the
                         paper between finger and
                         thumb)
                   ..was impressed.
          
          ALASTAIR drops the papers on TONY's desk.
          
                                LASTAIR
                   "People's Princess", mate. You owe me.
          
           LASTAIR goes. TONY watches, then jumps up, opens the door.
          His AIDE calls after him, covering the phone..
          
                               AIDE
                   Gordon for you.
          
                               TONY
                   Tell him to hang on.
          
          
          INT. DOWNING STREET - CORRIDOR - DAY
          
          TONY follows ALASTAIR out, calls after him..
          
                               TONY (cont'd)
                   So it's decided? It's going to be a
                   public funeral.
          
                                LASTAIR
                   Yes. On Saturday. A whopper. The
                   Abbey. The works.
          
                               TONY
                   Good. Has anyone told the Queen yet?
          
                                LASTAIR
                   Dunno. No doubt some flunkey will be
                   despatched. Grovelling on all fours.
          
          TONY smiles imagining the prospect, goes back into his
          office.
          
          
          INT. BALMORAL CASTLE - LARGE SITTING-ROOM - DAY
          
          `Knock', a knock on the door, and ROBIN JANVRIN enters
          carrying a large file. He bows first to the QUEEN..
          
                               JANVRIN
                   Good morning, Ma'am.
          

          
                                                               38.
          
          
          
          ..then to the QUEEN MOTHER..
                               J
                                  ANVRIN
                   ..Ma'am.
          
          The QUEEN looks up..
          
                               ELIZABETH
                   What can we do for you, Robin?
          
          JANVRIN braces himself. This is not going to be easy...
          
                               JANVRIN
                   Ma'am, there was a meeting at the
                   Palace this morning.
          
                               ELIZABETH
                   About the funeral arrangements, yes.
          
                               JANVRIN
                   The Lord Chamberlain faxed over these
                   plans for you to consider.
          
          JANVRIN puts a large file on her desk..
          
                               JANVRIN
                   There is now general agreement, Ma'am,
                   that a public funeral would be more
                   appropriate.
          
                                 ELIZABETH
                   I see.
          
           he QUEEN perceptibly bristles..
          
                               ELIZABETH
                    nd what form will it take?
          
                               JANVRIN
                   At the moment, they're suggesting..
                        (clears throat)
                   And of course these are early days..
          
          JANVRIN braces himself. Shoots a nervous look at the QUEEN
          MOTHER..
          
                               JANVRIN (cont'd)
                   ...basing it on Tay Bridge.
          
          The QUEEN MOTHER looks up. Horrified.
          
                               QUEEN MOTHER
                   Tay Bridge..?
          
                                 ELIZABETH
                   What..?
          

          
                                                            39.
          
          
          
          A stunned silence..
          
                               QUEEN MOTHER
                   B-but that's the code name for my
                   funeral?    J
                                ANVRIN
                    ndeed, Ma'am.
                         (a beat)
                   But it would be for practical reasons
                   only.
          
          JANVRIN is dying.
          
                                ANVRIN
                   It's the only one which has been..
                        (treads delicately)
                   ..`rehearsed'. The only one that could
                   be put together..in time.
          
          The QUEEN MOTHER needs to sit down..
          
                               QUEEN MOTHER
                   But I supervised those plans myself.
          
                               JANVRIN
                   Indeed, and the Lord Chamberlain was
                   at pains to stress the spirit of the
                   occasion will be quite different.
                         a beat)
                   For example, in place of four hundred
                   soldiers marching behind the coffin,
                   the suggestion is that four hundred
                   representatives from the Princess's
                   various charities march behind the
                   coffin.
          
                                ELIZABETH
                   I see..
          
          The QUEEN MOTHER's eyes widen..
          
                               JANVRIN
                   And that instead of foreign Heads of
                   State and Crown heads of Europe, the
                   guests would include a sprinkling of
                   actors of stage and screen, fashion
                   designers and other..
                        (clears throat)
                   ...celebrities..
          
                               QUEEN MOTHER
                   Celebrities..?
          
                                ELIZABETH
                   Oh.
          

          
          
                                                                40.
          
          
          
          The QUEEN looks ashen. The QUEEN MOTHER is pouring herself a
          drink..
          
                               ELIZABETH (cont'd)
                   Wa..was there anything else?
          
                                 JANVRIN
                    o, Ma'am.
          
          JANVRIN bows, and leaves. Then stops, remembering..
          
                               JANVRIN
                   Oh, yes. One other thing. The Police
                   Commissioner was keen that you
                   consider the idea of a condolence
                   book.
                         (a beat)
                   It would give the growing crowds
                   something to do. Make marshalling them
                   easier.
          
                               ELIZABETH
                        (distracted)
                   Yes, of course..
          
           ANVRIN reaches the door..
          
                               JANVRIN
                   Oh, and the flowers.
          
           he QUEEN looks up..
          
                               ELIZABETH
                   W
                    hat flowers?
          
                               JANVRIN (cont'd)
                   The flowers that have been left
                   outside Buckingham palace. Currently
                   they're blocking the path through the
                   main gate, and will make things
                   difficult for the Changing of the
                   Guard.
          
                               ELIZABETH
                   Fine. Then move them away.
          
           ANVRIN flinches slightly in anticipation..
          
                               JANVRIN
                   Actually, the Lord Chamberlain was
                   wondering whether we shouldn't leave
                   the flowers, and send the Guards
                   through the North Gate.
          
          The QUEEN looks thrown..
          

          
                                                               41.
          
          
          
                               ELIZABETH
                   Ye-es. Of course.
                         chastened)
                   Quite right.
          
          
          INT. TONY'S OFFICE - DAY
          
          `Rrrrinng', the phone rings. TONY is sitting at his desk with
          one AIDE. A knock on the door. Another AIDE enters..
          
                               AIDE
                    tephen Lamport on one.
          
          TONY looks up. Irritated at being disturbed..
          
                                 TONY
                   Who?
          
                               AIDE
                   The Prince of Wales's private
                   secretary. In Balmoral.
                         covering phone)
                   He said it was urgent.
          
          TONY rolls his eyes, then picks up the phone.
          
                               TONY
                    ood afternoon.
          
                               LAMPORT (V.O.)
                   Good afternoon, Prime Minister.
          
          
          S
          INT. BALMORAL - CHARLES'S STUDY - DAY
          
           TEPHEN LAMPORT, Private Secretary to the Prince of Wales,
          sits at a desk. CHARLES is also present, listening..
          
                               LAMPORT
                   The Prince of Wales wanted me to thank
                   you again for your kind words
                   yesterday.
          
                                 TONY
                   Not at all.
          
                                AMPORT
                   He feels you and he...are modern
                   men...of similar mind...
                        (a beat)
                   ...who could work well together at
                   this difficult time.
          
          TONY shoots a quizzical look..
          

          
                                                               42.
          
          
          
                               TONY
                   Well, please thank his Highness, and
                   assure him that he can count on my
                   full support. At all times.
                        (a beat)
                   Was that it?
          
                               LAMPORT
                   Yes.
          
          TONY hangs up. He turns to his AIDE..
          
                               TONY (cont'd)
                   Bizarre. Why is Charles doing this?
          
                               AIDE
                   What?
          
                               TONY
                   Creeping up to me like this. He did it
                   at the airport when he asked me to
                   `deal' with his mother.
          
                               AIDE #2
                    ecause he knows that if the Queen
                   continues to get it wrong over Diana,
                   it won't be long before the Royals
                   become public enemy no 1.
                        (
                          a beat)
                   Terrified of being shot, apparently.
          
                               TONY
                   Who, Charles?
          
                               AIDE
                   His people have already been onto us
                   asking for extra protection.
          
                                IDE #2
                   He probably thinks if he's seen to be
                   on our side, the Queen will be the one
                   left in the firing line, not him.
          
                               TONY
                   What? So it's OK for his mother to
                   take the bullet, not him?
                         shakes head)
                   What a family.
          
          
          EXT. BALMORAL CASTLE - COURTYARD - DAY
          
          The QUEEN, in tatty old Barbour, head-scarf, Wellington
          boots, loads Corgis and picnic hampers into the back of an
          old Land Rover.
          

          
          
                                                                43.
          
          
          
          She climbs into an old, muddy Jeep, and starts the oily,
          smoky diesel engine. As she begins to drive out, she turns a
          corner, and passes CHARLES who is climbing into his much
          smarter, luxury, leather-upholstered jeep..
          
                               CHARLES
                   Wait! Where are they?
          
                               ELIZABETH
                   Up at Craigghead.
          
                               CHARLES
                   I'll come with you.
          
          CHARLES climbs in. The QUEEN notices how extravagantly
          dressed he is. A kilt and tailored hunting jacket..
          
                               CHARLES (cont'd)
                   Want me to drive?
          
                               ELIZABETH
                   Certainly not.
          
           HARLES shudders at the rough interior of the car, the mud-
          spattered windows, the hard, uncomfortable ride..
          
                               CHARLES
                   I thought you were going to get a new
                               E
                   one of these?
          
                                ELIZABETH
                   What for? It's perfectly all right.
          
          The engine splutters as she changes gear. The car lurches
          forward.
          
          
          INT/EXT. JEEP - BALMORAL ESTATE - DAY
          
           he QUEEN drives hard through woods, dust kicking up in the
          old Land Rover's wake. It's a bone-shaking ride.
          
           HARLES stares out of the window, lost in thought..
          
                               CHARLES
                   I was thinking last night what Diana
                   might have done had it been me that
                   died in the tunnel in Paris.
          
          The QUEEN privately rolls her eyes..
          
                               CHARLES
                   She would certainly have taken the
                   boys to Paris. I rather regret not
                   doing that now.
          

          
                                                                  44.
          
          
          
                               ELIZABETH
                   What? And expose them to the media? It
                   would have been a dreadful thing to
                   do. They're much better off here.
          
                               CHARLES
                   Look, whatever else you may have
                   thought of Diana - she was a wonderful
                   mother.
                         a beat)
                   She adored those boys. And never let
                   them forget it.
                         a beat)
                   Always warm.
          
           he QUEEN's hands tighten on the steering wheel..
          
                               CHARLES
                   And physical.
                         a beat)
                   Never afraid to show her feelings.
          
                               ELIZABETH
                   Especially whenever a photographer was
                   in sight.
          
                               CHARLES
                   Yes, she MAY have encouraged all that,
                   but still..
          
          CHARLES looks out of the window. His eyes mist over..
          
                               CHARLES (cont'd)
                   That was always the extraordinary
                   thing about her. Her weaknesses and
                   transgressions only seemed to make the
                   public love her MORE. Yet ours only
                   make them hate us. Why is that?
          
          CHARLES looks up..
          
                               CHARLES (cont'd)
                   Why do they hate us so much?
          
          The QUEEN mutters under her breath...
          
                               ELIZABETH
                   Not `us', dear.
          
                                 CHARLES
                           (not having heard)
                   What?
          
          The QUEEN salutes GAME-KEEPERS who remove their hats as the
          QUEEN roars past.
          

          
          
                                                               45.
          
          
          
                               CHARLES
                   Yesterday, when we drove the coffin
                   back into London, there was a noise. A
                   bang. I don't mind telling you I
                   thought it was a gun.
          
          CHARLES's hands wring in anxiety..
          
                               CHARLES (cont'd)
                   I thought someone had taken a shot at
                   me.
          
           he QUEEN hits the brakes, and pulls up. Visibly irritated by
          her son's weakness. She opens the door, and steps out..
                               E
                                ELIZABETH
                   Why don't you go on without me? I'm
                   going to walk back..
          
                               CHARLES
                   Are you sure?
          
                                ELIZABETH
                   Yes. It looks like rain..
                        (the DOGS jump out)
                   And I'm not in the mood for stalking
                   anyway.
          
          CHARLES knows better than to contradict his mother. He gets
          into the driving seat, puts on the safety belt, and drives
          off.
          
          The Land Rover disappears in a cloud of dust.
          
          The QUEEN straightens, then notices her shoe-laces are
          undone. The DOGS bark excitedly.
          
                                ELIZABETH
                   Wait! My shoe-lace is undone. You
                   don't want me to trip and hurt myself,
                   do you?
                         a beat)
                   You wouldn't get any proper walks
                   then.
          
          The QUEEN blissfully chatters away to the DOGS. So much
          easier than people...
          
                               ELIZABETH
                   Right. Done. Now who knows the way
                   home?
          
           he DOGS yap excitedly, immediately scamper off in the
          direction of the castle..
          
                               ELIZABETH
                   You clever things!
          

          
                                                                   46.
          
          
          
          
          EXT. SCOTTISH HIGHLANDS - DAY
          
           HARLES's Land Rover drives up into the hills, into
          spectacular landscape. A mile or two ahead, above the tree-
          line, PHILIP, the two PRINCES and STALKERS carrying guns,
          crawl on their bellies in pursuit of their quarry..
          
          A hundred years ahead of them, the STAG, unaware of the
          danger, imperiously, grazes on the grass..
          
                                                            DISSOLVE TO:
          
          
          INT. BALMORAL CASTLE - QUEEN'S BEDCHAMBER - NIGHT
          
          The QUEEN, granite-faced, still smarting from her row with
          CHARLES, is in her bedroom. A nightcap martini is on her
          bedside table. She is writing her diary.
          
          PHILIP emerges from the bathroom, appears in the doorway..
          
                                 ELIZABETH
                     I spoke to Charles this afternoon.
          
              flicker of coldness behind her eyes..
          
                                 ELIZABETH
                     Who was good enough to share with me
                     his views on motherhood.
          
                                 PRINCE PHILIP
                     What did he say?
          A
            TV plays in the corner. DIANA, starved thin, panda-eyes,
          the infamous Martin Bashir `PANORAMA' interview..
          
                                 ELIZABETH
                     How wonderful Diana was.
          
                                  RINCE PHILIP
                     That's changing his tune.
          
                                 ELIZABETH
                     What a natural.
          
                                  IANA (ON TV)
                     ..I think..they see me as a threat of
                     some kind..
          
          PRINCE PHILIP sees what's on television, then grimaces..
          
                                 PRINCE PHILIP
                          (puckers face)
                     Oh, for God's sake..
          

          
                                                               47.
          
          
          
                               ELIZABETH
                   Maybe he's got a point. Maybe we are
                   partly to blame.
          
          PHILIP goes over to the television..
          
                               PRINCE PHILIP
                   I can't watch this.
          
                                ELIZABETH
                   No, wait. Leave it.
          
          PHILIP stares at the screen..
          
                               DIANA (ON TV)
                   "Every strong woman in history has had
                   to walk down a similar path.."
          
                               ELIZABETH
                   We encouraged the match. And signed
                   off on it. Both of us.
                         a beat)
                   You were very enthusiastic, remember.
          
                                RINCE PHILIP
                   She was a nice girl. Then.
          
                               DIANA (ON TV)
                   "And I think it's this strength that
                   causes the confusion and the fear."
          
          PRINCE PHILIP shakes his head..
          
                               PRINCE PHILIP
                   And I was sure he'd give the other one
                   up. Or, at least make sure his wife
                   towed the line.
                        (a gesture)
                   Isn't that what everyone does?
          
          A flicker behind the QUEEN's eyes.
          
                              ELIZABETH
                   Is it?
          
          Her knuckles momentarily whiten. Unaware, PHILIP stares at
          the television..
          
                               DIANA (ON TV)
                   "Why is she strong? Where is she
                   getting it from? Where is she going to
                   take it? How is she going to use it?"
          
          He rolls his eyes in disbelief..
          

                                                               48.
          
          
          
                               PRINCE PHILIP (cont'd)
                   I can't bear it any more. If you're
                   watching, I'll sleep in here. Early
                   start tomorrow..
                        (kisses her on the
                         forehead)
                   See you in the morning.
          
          PHILIP goes, leaving the QUEEN staring. Still stinging from
          his remark about adultery.
          
           ZAP', she angrily hits the remote. The picture goes black.
          
          
          INT. DOWNING STREET - BLAIR'S HOME - NIGHT
          
          TONY BLAIR and CHERIE at home, watching television. It's 10
          o'clock. The KIDS are in bed, but their TOYS are still strewn
          around the sitting-room. TONY is tidying them up into boxes..
          
          ON SCREEN: British historian DAVID STARKEY is lambasting
          CHARLES. TONY and CHERIE sit on the sofa, watching
          television, eating pasta on their knees. STARKEY defends the
          QUEEN. Part of an older generation. She knows no better.
          
                               CHERIE (cont'd)
                   How much of all this could be the
                   first stirrings of..
          
                               TONY
                   W
                    hat?
          
                                HERIE
                   ..I don't know...something more
                   interesting. Maybe this time people
                   have finally seen them for what they
                   are.
          
                               TONY
                   Which is?
          
                               CHERIE
                   A bunch of freeloading, emotionally
                   retarded...nutters.
          
                               TONY
                        (rolls eyes)
                   That's just absurd.
          
                               CHERIE
                   Why? They exist in a ludicrous cocoon
                   of privilege and wealth. They don't
                   pay tax.
          
                               TONY
                   Yes, they do.
          

          
                                                            49.
          
          
          
                               CHERIE
                   The Queen alone costs us what? Thirty,
                   forty million a year..
          
          TONY reaches the door, and turns..
          
                               TONY
                    ot you, too. Look...if you want to
                   have a serious conversation about
                   this..
          
                              CHERIE
                   I do..
          
                               TONY
                   ..about the Constitution..
          
                               CHERIE
                    e don't HAVE one..
          
                               TONY
                   ...or about ways in which we as a
                   Government could begin to phase out
                   hereditary privileges, then fine.
          
                                HERIE
                        (indicating plates)
                   If you're going, take the dishes..
          
          TONY comes back to take the dirty plates..
          
                               TONY
                   But spare me the whole.."off with
                   their heads" thing.
          
                              CHERIE
                   Why?
          
                               TONY
                   Because it insults your intelligence.
          
                               CHERIE
                   "The case for reform is simple and
                   obvious. It is in principle wrong and
                   absurd that people should wield power
                   on the basis of birth, not merit or
                   election."
                        (a beat)
                   YOUR words, not mine.
          
          TONY is momentarily thrown..
          
                               TONY
                   Well, maybe now I've grown up.
                         a beat)
                   It's unimaginable this country being a
                   republic. Certainly in her lifetime.
          

          
                                                                50.
          
          
          
                              CHERIE
                   Why?
          
                               TONY
                   Because...no would would wear it.
                        (can't help laughing at
                         the idea)
                   No one WANTS it.
                        (gestures)
                   It's just...daft.
          
          TONY heads for the door..
          
                                HERIE
                   It's not a mother thing, is it?
          
          TONY turns..
          
                               CHERIE
                   Think about it. If she were still
                   alive, wouldn't Hazel be exactly the
                   same age? Whenever you talk about your
                   mother, you mention her stoicism. Her
                   frugality. Her sense of duty. The fact
                   she was brought up in the way. Well
                   c'mon..?
                        (a beat)
                   Who does THAT sound like?
          
          TONY smiles.
          
                               TONY
                   I'm going to do the washing-up.          F
                                                             ADE TO BLACK
          
          
          INT. DOWNING STREET - CORRIDOR - DAY
          
          ALASTAIR and TONY walk through the labyrinthine corridors and
          busy offices..
          
                               ALASTAIR
                   All right, the good news is that the
                   Palace has agreed to video screens in
                   the Royal Parks.
          
                                TONY
                   And the bad news?
          
                               ALASTAIR
                   Crash barriers.
          
                                TONY
                   What about them?
          

          
          
                                                                51.
          
          
          
                               ALASTAIR
                    hey're now predicting more than two
                   million people will descend on London,
                   and there aren't enough barriers to
                   line the route. So we've gone cap in
                   hand to the French for theirs. And
                   there's something else I think you
                   should see.
          
          ALASTAIR leads TONY into..
          
          
          INT. DOWNING STREET - MONITORING ROOM - DAY
          T
           TONY follows ALASTAIR into an office where a television plays
          in the corner. Several young AIDES and INTERNS are watching,
          recording, making notes. Shirtsleeves, feet on desks.
          Informal.
          
                               ALASTAIR
                   Can we run that piece again? You're
                   going to love this.
          
          An INTERN puts in a video, hits the `play' button. ON SCREEN:
          several members of the public complain about the royals. TONY
          watches for a moment, then..
          
                               TONY
                   Look, I know all this..
          
                              ALASTAIR
                   There!
          
           ne member of the public complains about the flag..
          
                               TONY
                   Don't tell me. There isn't a flag
                   flying at half mast above Buckingham
                   Palace.
          
          TONY rolls his eyes to himself.
          
                                TONY
                   God. Will someone save these people
                   from themselves..
                         (irritated)
                   F
                     ine. I'll call Balmoral...
          
           TONY turns away, walks towards the door.
          
                               ALASTAIR
                   `Planet Zog'?
          
                                TONY
                   Because as Prime Minister of this
                   country, I've really got nothing
                   better to do..
          

          
          
                                                               52.
          
          
          
          TONY walks out..
          
          
          EXT. BALMORAL ESTATE - DAY
          
          The ROYAL FAMILY is gathered for a bar-be-cue lunch. At a
          distance, the BOYS, are in the river, being taught fishing by
          a GHILLIE..
          
          PRINCE PHILIP stands by a barbecue, struggling to get the
          fire to light. The QUEEN MOTHER is in another corner..
          A
            LAND ROVER pulls up. The QUEEN gets out with her dogs. She
          notices PHILIP's struggle with the bar-be-cue..
          
                               ELIZABETH
                   Those fire-lighters no good?
                         carrying tupperware
                         boxes)
                   I brought some stew just in case. I
                   think it's lamb. We could always have
                   that cold..
          
                               PRINCE PHILIP
                   No, we'll be all right.
          
           he QUEEN throws some food to her dogs, but makes several
          hand gestures forbidding them to eat. The DOGS salivate, and
          whimper, but dutifully show their forbearance. Staring at the
          food.
          
          The QUEEN, meanwhile, starts setting places at the table with
          plates, knives and forks..
          
                               ELIZABETH
                   Robin had a call from the Prime
                   Minister. Who expressed his concern.
          
           HILIP turns, an exasperated look..
          
                                 PRINCE PHILIP
                   About WHAT?
          
                               ELIZABETH
                   The flag above Buckingham Palace. He
                   thinks it should be flying at half-
                   mast.
          
          The DOGS continue to P
                               whimper hungrily.
          
                                RINCE PHILIP
                   Then I hope Robin told him there ISN'T
                   a flag above Buckingham Palace...
                        (angrily jabs coals with a
                         long, sharp fork)
                   ...only the Royal Standard, which
                   flies for one reason only.
                               (MORE)
          

          
          
                                                            53.
                               PRINCE PHILIP(cont'd)
                   To denote the presence of the Monarch.
                   Since you're here, the flag pole is
                   bare. Which is as it should be.
          
           HARLES clears his throat..
          
                               CHARLES
                   Isn't it possible..that to some
                   people...the Royal Standard is just..
                   ..a flag? And that the flap pole being
                   bare sends out the wrong signal.
          
          The QUEEN turns. A withering look..
          
                               ELIZABETH
                   That's not the point.
          
                                RINCE PHILIP
                   The point is it's more than four
                   hundred years old. It has never been
                   lowered for ANYONE..
          
                               QUEEN MOTHER
                   Your grandfather didn't get that flag
                   at half-mast when he died and if your
                   mother were to die tomorrow, she
                   wouldn't get it either.
          
                               CHARLES
                   Yes...but sometimes...in a situation
                   like this..one has to be flexible..
          
          All heads turn. And stare at CHARLES.
          
                               CHARLES
                        (shrugs)
                   It is just a flag.
          
                               ELIZABETH
                   "What about the Union Jack?", was Mr.
                   Blair's next suggestion.
          
                                UEEN MOTHER
                        (rolling eyes)
                   Oh, for heaven's sake.
          
                               PRINCE PHILIP
                   The next thing he'll be suggesting you
                   change your name to Hilda and mine to
                   Hector?
                        (
                          angry gesture)
                   Who does he think he's talking to?
                   You're the Sovereign. The Head of
                   State. You don't get dictated to.
                          a beat)
                   You've conceded the idea of a public
                   funeral. You've opened up the parks.
                   That's ENOUGH.
          

          
                                                               54.
          
          
          
          The QUEEN indicates to PHILIP to keep his voice down, to
          avoid upsetting the BOYS, who are still fishing..
          
                               PRINCE PHILIP (cont'd)
                   You wait. In forty-eight hours it was
                   all have calmed down.
          
                                ELIZABETH
                   Like those condolence books.
          
                               PRINCE PHILIP
                   Quite right.
                        (a defiant snort)
                   When we started with one, everyone
                   predicted they would grow and grow.
                   But we've heard nothing more about
                   that, see?
          
          CHARLES clears his throat..
          
                               CHARLES
                   Apparently there are now fifteen.
          
                               ELIZABETH
                   What..?
          
                               CHARLES
                   And people are queuing through the
                   night.
          
          PHILIP stares. The QUEEN's expression changes.
          I
          
           NT. BALMORAL CASTLE - CHARLES'S QUARTERS - DAY
          
          CHARLES crosses the saloon to his study, talking to his
          Private Secretary.
          
                                HARLES
                   In one sense its comforting.
                         a beat)
                   For the first time my parents can see
                   what it's been like for me all these
                   years, being up against her
                   popularity.
                        (a beat)
                   But they're still making the mistake
                   of thinking the Diana they knew from
                   living and dealing with her, will
                   eventually be the one seen by the
                   public. But it's not. The two Dianas,
                   theirs and ours, bear no relation to
                   one another at all.
          
          CHARLES looks at LAMPORT..
          

          
                                                               55.
          
          
          
                               CHARLES (cont'd)
                   They just adored her. Would have loved
                   nothing more than for her to be Queen.
                         a beat)
                   Someone compassionate. With a heart.
                   Gifts in tragically short supply
                   around here.
          
           HARLES looks at LAMPORT..
          
                               CHARLES
                   I've been thinking is the flag flying
                   at half mast over my house at
                   Highgrove?
          
                               LAMPORT
                   Yes, Sir.
          
                               CHARLES
                   Make sure we get a picture of that in
                   the papers, would you? If my mother
                   wants to make a mess of this, that's
                   her business.
                         a beat)
                   I won't let her drag me down, too.
          
          
          INT. BLAIR'S BEDROOM - NIGHT
          
          The BLAIRS are in bed working, watching TV. On TV: Tracey
          Ullman speaks enthusiastically in favour of young, dynamic
                               C
          Tony Blair in London. TONY and CHERIE watch..
          
                                HERIE
                   See? It isn't just me.
          
                               TONY
                   What?
          
                               CHERIE
                   People really DO want change. And want
                   YOU to give it to them.
          
                               TONY
                   And do what? Cut off their heads?
          
                                HERIE
                   Apparently, one in six people now
                   support the idea of getting rid of the
                   Monarchy.
          
                               TONY
                        (irritated gesture)
                   That's just the papers spoiling for a
                   fight.
          

          
          
                                                                56.
          
          
          
                               CHERIE
                   But still, imagine this country
                   without them? With a nice elected Head
                   of State?
                          a beat)
                   That'd be some legacy. If the
                   revolution were to happen on your
                   watch.
          
           LAIR stares. Visibly unsettled.
          
          
          INT. QUEEN'S BEDROOM - NIGHT
          
          The QUEEN sits at her desk, writing her diary. Her pen
          scratches across the paper..
          
           resently the PEN stops. She stares for a moment, her face a
          picture of sadness..
          
                                                       FADE TO BLACK:
          
          
          EXT. BALMORAL - DAY
          
          The SHOOTING PARTY with WILLIAM, HARRY, and several GILLIES
          and STALKERS drives off in various JEEPS.
          
          
          INT. BALMORAL CASTLE - PRIVATE SECRETARY'S OFFICE - DAY
          
          JANVRIN stands at the window, looking out as the cars leave..
          
                                ANVRIN
                   That's the stalking party off?
          
           e takes a deep breath..
          
                               JANVRIN
                   Right, we'd better have a look at
                   these papers.
                               S
                                ECRETARY
                   "Show us there's a heart in the House
                   of Windsor," says the Sun..
          
           is SECRETARY passes a copy over to JANVRIN..
          
                               SECRETARY
                    It proves, the Royals are not like
                   us", the Mirror. "Time to change the
                   Old Guard at Buckingham Palace".
                   Express.
          
                                 JANVRIN
                           (heart sinks)
                   God..
          

                                                                57.
          
          
          
          The SECRETARY reads from "THE INDEPENDENT" ..
          
                               SECRETARY
                   "One can't help wondering who's advice
                   they are taking for it's clearly the
                   wrong advice..."
          
                              JANVRIN
                   Right...
          
          The SECRETARY puts down the INDEPENDENT, open on a page
          marked.."THE WINDSORS STILL DON'T UNDERSTAND US."
          
          JANVRIN's face looks haunted..
          
                               JANVRIN (cont'd)
                   Well, I'll try not to take that
                   personally.
          
          
          INT. DOWNING STREET - TONY'S STUDY - LATE AFTERNOON
          
          TONY sits on his sofa. The three speech-writing AIDES
          stand/sit in front of him. TONY reads from the speech..
          
                               TONY
                   "People have been yearning for a
                   change in this country." Good. "The
                   result is a quiet revolution now
                   taking place. Led by the real
                   modernisers. The British People.."
          T
           TONY tails off..
          
                               TONY
                   `Revolution'? Not you, too?
                         tails off)
                   Who wrote this?
          
          One AIDE puts up his hand.
          
                                TONY
                   Where does it come from?
          
                               AIDE
                   Where does it come from?
          
                                IDE 2
                   Just look at the papers. Talk to
                   people on the streets.
          
                                IDE
                   Something's happening out there.
          
          TONY's expression changes. He gets to his feet. Walks out,
          muttering under his breath..
          

                                                                  58.
          
          
          
                                 TONY
                   Revolution.
          
          The AIDES look at one another..
          
          
          INT. DOWNING STREET - CORRIDOR - LATE AFTERNOON
          
          TONY puts his head around his SECRETARY's door..
          
                               TONY (cont'd)
                   Get me Balmoral, will you?
                         a beat)
                   I'll take it in my office.
          
          
          INT. DOWNING STREET - TONY'S OFFICE - LATE AFTERNOON
          
          TONY walks back into his office. His face is deadly serious.
          
                               TONY
                   Right. You lot. Out.
          
          TONY stands by the door. Holding it open. The AIDES stare at
          one another..
          
                               AIDE
                   What about the speech?
          
                                 TONY
                   Later.
          
          The AIDES file out.
          
          
          INT. BALMORAL CASTLE - QUEEN'S STUDY - LATE AFTERNOON
          
          The QUEEN and JANVRIN are working in one corner, going
          through her red boxes. In another corner, PRINCE PHILIP sits
          watching the television..
          
          A tea-tray sits in front of him. Scones. Tea-cakes.
          
           he QUEEN and JANVRIN are finishing off. JANVRIN stands,
          (never sits in her presence)..
                               J
                                ANVRIN
                   ..and finally, Ma'am, a DSO medal. A
                   Corporal, in Kosovo..you may have read
                   about it in the papers..pulled two
                   civilians from a bus after a bomb
                   blast.
          
          The QUEEN signs the certificate of honour. PRINCE PHILIP
          calls out, indicating the tea..
          

          
                                                               59.
          
          
          
                               PRINCE PHILIP
                   Hurry up, dear. Getting cold.
          
                                 ELIZABETH (cont'd)
                   Is that it?
          
                               JANVRIN
                   Yes, Ma'am. Just the letter of
                   condolence to the widow of the
                   Ambassador to Brazil.
          
          The QUEEN signs. JANVRIN bows and leaves.
          
                                 ELIZABETH
                   Good.
          
          The QUEEN walks over to join PRINCE PHILIP for tea by the
          television, when JANVRIN turns, (we notice his SECRETARY
          stands in the doorway)..
          
                               JANVRIN
                   Ma'am, apparently the Prime Minister
                   is on the phone for you.
          
                                RINCE PHILIP
                        (snaps)
                   Tell him to call back.
          
          The QUEEN hesitates, then..ever dutiful..
          
                               ELIZABETH
                   No, I'd better take it.
          
          PRINCE PHILIP rolls his eyes. JANVRIN nods to his SECRETARY,
          who rushes off to transfer the call.
          
           he QUEEN walks over to her desk again. Picks up the phone.
          
                               ELIZABETH
                   Prime Minister?
          
          
          INT. DOWNING STREET - LATE AFTERNOON
          
          TONY sits up on his sofa in his office..
          
                               TONY
                   Good afternoon, your Majesty. I'm
                   sorry to disturb. I was just
                   wondering..
          
          
           NT. BALMORAL - QUEEN'S STUDY - CONTINUOUS
          
          PRINCE PHILIP indicates she should put TONY on speaker-phone.
          The QUEEN obliges. TONY's voice comes out..
          

                                                                60.
          
          
          
                               TONY
                   ...whether you'd seen any of today's
                   papers?
          
          The QUEEN looks at her desk. Most of the newspapers are
          strewn out in front of her..
          
                               ELIZABETH
                   We've managed to look at one or two,
                   yes.
          
                               TONY
                   In which case, my next question would
                   be - whether you felt some kind of
                   response might be necessary?
          
                               ELIZABETH (cont'd)
                   No. I believe a few over-eager editors
                   are doing their best to sell
                   newspapers..and it would be a mistake
                   to dance to their tune.
          
                               TONY
                   Under normal circumstances I would
                   agree, but..P
                                RINCE PHILIP
                        (under his breath)
                   Here we go! The bloody flag again..!
          
          ELIZABETH indicates for PHILIP to be quiet..
          
                               TONY
                   ..my advisers have been taking the
                   temperature among people on the
                   streets - and the information I'm
                   getting is that the mood..
                        (choosing words carefully)
                   ...is quite delicate.
          
                               PRINCE PHILIP
                        (under his breath)
                   Of course. That's where all the ruddy
                   cameras are.
          
           ELIZABETH gestures again for PHILIP to `SSSsshhh'..
          
                               ELIZABETH
                   So what would you suggest, Prime
                   Minister? Some kind of statement?
          
                               TONY
                   No, Ma'am. I believe the moment for
                   statements has passed.
          
           TONY takes a deep breath..
          

                                                            61.
          
          
          
                               TONY
                   I would suggest flying the flag at
                   half-mast above Buckingham Palace...
          
          PRINCE PHILIP almost has an apoplexy..
          
                              PRINCE PHILIP
                   See!
          
                               TONY
                   And coming down to London at the
                   earliest opportunity.
          
          PHILIP stares in disbelief.."What?"
          
                               TONY
                   It would be a great comfort to your
                   people and would help them with their
                   grief.
          
                               ELIZABETH
                   THEIR grief?
          
           he QUEEN exchanges a look with PHILIP..
          
                               ELIZABETH
                   If you're suggesting that I drop
                   everything and come down to London
                   before I attend to two boys that have
                   just lost their mother..you're
                   mistaken.
          
                               RINCE PHILIP
                   Absurd..   E
                                ELIZABETH
                   I doubt there are many who know the
                   British more than I do, Mr. Blair, nor
                   who has greater faith in their wisdom
                   and judgement. And it is my belief
                   that they will soon reject this `mood'
                   which has been stirred up by the
                   press...in favour of a period of
                   restrained grief, and sober, private
                   mourning.
                         a beat)
                   That's the way we do things in this
                   country. Quietly. With dignity.
                        (a beat)
                   It's what the rest of the world has
                   always admired us for.
          
                               TONY
                   Well, if that's your decision, Ma'am,
                   of course the government will support
                   it.
                               (MORE)
          

          
                                                               62.
                               TONY(cont'd)
                        (a beat)
                   Let's keep in touch.
          
                                 ELIZABETH
                   Yes.
                            could hardly be less
                            enthusiastic)
                   Let's.
          
          The QUEEN hangs up. Looks over at PHILIP..
          
                               PRINCE PHILIP
                   Bloody fool.
          
          He indicates the tea..
          
                               PRINCE PHILIP
                   Now your tea's gone cold.
          
          
          INT. BLAIR'S OFFICE - CONTINUOUS
          T
           TONY hangs up the phone. He is lost in thought. His SECRETARY
          sticks her head around the door..
          
                               SECRETARY
                   Robin Janvrin on one.
                         a beat)
                   He must have been listening in.
          
          TONY picks up the phone.
          
                                 TONY
                   Mr Janvrin?
          
          
          INT. PRIVATE SECRETARY'S OFFICE - BALMORAL - SAME TIME
          
          JANVRIN speaks on the telephone to TONY BLAIR.
          
                               JANVRIN
                   Prime Minister, I understand how
                   `difficult' her behaviour must seem to
                   you..how `unhelpful'..but try to see
                   it from her perspective..
                        (searches for right words)
                   She's been brought up to believe its
                   God's will that she is who she is.
          
                                TONY
                   I think we should leave God out of it.
                   It's just not helpful.
          
                               JANVRIN
                   She won't have seen anything like this
                   since the Abdication.
                         a beat)
                               (MORE)
          

          
                                                                 63.
                               JANVRIN(cont'd)
                   And I cannot emphasise enough what
                   affect that had on her. Unexpectedly
                   becoming King as good as killed her
                   father.
          
                                TONY
                   All right - but first we have to deal
                   with these terrible headlines. I'll
                   see what I can do with the Press.
          
                               JANVRIN
                   I'm most grateful, Prime Minister.
          
                               TONY
                   But I can't promise anything. It's not
                   me they want to see.
          
          TONY hangs up, thinks, then..
          
          
          INT CORRIDOR DOWNING STREET
          
          Tony comes out of his office and walks down the corridor to
          where the secretaries are.
          
                               TONY
                   Ask Alistair to come and see me will
                   you.
          
          The Secretary nods and picks up the phone.
          
                               TONY
                    nd cancel whatever I'm doing tonight.
          
          He turns and goes back to his office.
          
          
          EXT. BALMORAL CASTLE - DAY
          
          The QUEEN drives out in her Land Rover. And into the
          countryside..
          
          
          EXT. HIGHLANDS - DAY
          
          The Land Rover shakes and judders. The QUEEN bobs up and
          down. ESTATE WORKERS remove their hats as she drives past..
          
          
          EXT. HIGHLANDS - DAY
          
          The roads have become rougher and narrower. The QUEEN drives
          with surprising confidence and ability. The QUEEN reaches a
          fork. She drives on, taking the right fork.
          

                                                               64.
          
          
          
          
          EXT. RIVER DEE - DAY
          
          The QUEEN reaches the River Dee, then slows down. She stops
          and stares. Ahead of her is a difficult, quite perilous
          crossing.
          
           he QUEEN composes herself, visibly intimidated. A deep
          breath, then..
          
          She drives into the fast-moving river.
          
          
          EXT. RIVER DEE - DAY
          
          The Land Rover's engine roars. The jeep rocks alarmingly side
          to side as it slowly crosses the river.
          
          One big rock after another. The QUEEN skilfully negotiates
          the challenge, and is beginning to enjoy the experience..
          
          But ahead is one rock she hasn't seen..
          
          `Crreeak', the Land Rover's undercarriage hits the rock. The
          ugly sound of tearing metal.
          
           he QUEEN instinctively brakes, then sensing that was the
          wrong thing to do, slams her foot down on the accelerator.
          The engine roars in protest, and..
          
          `Snap'. An ominous mechanical sound.
          
                                 ELIZABETH
                   Oh..
          
          The QUEEN's eyes widen. Knowing that sound was serious.
          
                               ELIZABETH
                   Oh, you are stupid.
          
          She tries to start the car again, but to no avail. No matter
          what she does, the Land Rover is stuck..
          
          The QUEEN looks into the glove box. Inside is a mobile
          telephone.
          
           he QUEEN punches in a number..
          
                                ELIZABETH
                         (into phone)
                   Hello? Could you put me through to the
                   Ghillies' office?
                          listens)
                   H
                     ello, Thomas? I'm afraid I've done
                   something very foolish. I think I've
                   broken the prop-shaft. Crossing the
                   river.
          

          
                                                               65.
          
          
          
          
          INT. GHILLIES OFFICE - DAY
          
          The HEAD GHILLIE listens, his expression changes in alarm,
          then..
          
                               HEAD GHILLIE
                   Are you sure, Ma'am?
          
                               ELIZABETH
                   Yes, perfectly. The front one, not the
                   rear. I've lost the four-wheel drive.
                   You forget I worked as a mechanic in
                   the war.
          
                               HEAD GHILLIE
                   And are you all right?
          
          
          INT. LAND ROVER - SAME TIME
          
          The Land Rover creaks as it rocks on the stone..
          
                               ELIZABETH
                   Yes, perfectly, thank you. I'm so
                   sorry to waste your time..
          
                               HEAD GHILIE
                   We'll come out straightaway.
          
                                ELIZABETH
                   Oh, will you? You are kind. Thank you.
                         a beat)
                   I'll wait by the car.
          
          The QUEEN hangs up. Puts the phone away, then opens the Land
          Rover's door.
          
          
          EXT. HIGHLANDS - RIVER DEE - DAY
          
          The QUEEN gingerly climbs out of the Land Rover, and walks
          across the stones to the river bank, getting her shoes wet.
          
          
          EXT. RIVER BANK - DAY
          
          The QUEEN sits on a stone by the stranded Land Rover. She
          sits in silence..
          
           othing but the sound of running water, wind in the trees,
          and birdsong.
          
          Ah, that's good.
          
           he QUEEN closes her eyes. All around her, silence except for
          the sounds of the great outdoors.
          

          
                                                               66.
          
          
          
          Privacy at last. The first moment of silence in what feels
          like months. The QUEEN breathes deeply. It's all been a bit
          much.
          
           o time to think.
          
           ne shock after another.
          
           veryone shouting.
          
           ll far too dramatic.
          
           ome to think of it, this is the first time she's been able
          to..
          
          Suddenly, almost imperceptibly, we notice her shoulders are
          shaking. Not dramatically, but enough to suggest what is
          happening. The QUEEN - away from the world - is crying.
          W
           e only see her back. Presently, she reaches into her jacket
          pocket, produces a handkerchief, and dabs her eyes.
          Gradually, she composes herself.
          
          That's better.
          
           on't want to make a fuss.
          
           he GILLIES will be here soon.
          
          The QUEEN takes a deep breath. That's better.
          
           resently the sound of rustling leaves, and the unmistakable
          sense that she is being watched. Strange..
          
          The QUEEN turns to have a look, then almost drops the cup..
          
          Standing in front of her, no more than twenty yards, is the
          STAG.
          
          The QUEEN freezes, hardly dare breathe. It is enormous. His
          antlers are bigger and more dramatic than she could have
          imagined.
          
          His fur is thick. His blaze across his nose is distinctive.
          He is vast, almost the size of a horse.
          
           nd staring at her. The QUEEN stares back.
          
                                ELIZABETH
                   Oh, you are a beauty.
          
          It is unprecedented - almost supernatural. No STAG ever
          willingly comes this close to humans.
          
           he QUEEN looks into his dark, brown eyes. An unmistakable
          connection between them..
          

                                                                67.
          
          
          
          It's a magical moment. All around them the whistling of wind,
          the sound of trees bending. Then, ever so faintly, in the
          distance..
          
          The hum of approaching engines. It's the GILLIES coming to
          look for the QUEEN. Sensing this..
          
                               ELIZABETH (cont'd)
                        (indicating the STAG
                         should go)
                   Go. Go on. You'd better go..
          
          The STAG remains rooted to the spot..
          
                               ELIZABETH (cont'd)
                        (claps hands)
                   Go. Shoo. Go on.
          
          The ENGINES get closer and closer. The STAG takes a last look
          at the QUEEN, then briefly inclines his head, turns, and
          walks off.
          
           o sooner has he disappeared into the woods, than..
          
          Several LAND ROVERS appear, driving across the river, and
          GILLIES and EQUERRYS jump out, holding tow-ropes, waving in
          greeting and calling out, concerned for the QUEEN's safety..
          
          The QUEEN takes a last look in the direction of the STAG, to
          make sure he has gone, and smiles to herself.
          
           e's vanished. It's as if he was never there.
          
          
          INT. DOWNING STREET - BLAIR'S FLAT - AFTERNOON
          
          TONY is putting on a fresh shirt and tie, standing in front
          of a a mirror. CHERIE enters..
          
                               CHERIE
                   I've just been told there are news
                   crews outside waiting for you to come
                   and "speak to the people."
          
                              TONY
                   Yes.
          
                                HERIE
                   What's that about?
          
                               TONY
                   I told the Queen's private secretary
                   I'd do what I could to help with the
                   press.
          

                                                               68.
          
          
          
                               CHERIE
                   Why? Don't you think she deserves it?
                   Sitting up there on her 40,000 acres.
          
                                TONY
                   I know...but allowing her to hang
                   herself might not be in our best
                   interests either.
          
           TONY exits, then stops at the door..
          
                               TONY
                   Besides, I think there's
                   something...ugly about the way
                   everyone's started to bully her.
          
           HERIE watches TONY go.
          
          
          INT. BALMORAL CASTLE - QUEEN'S BEDCHAMBER - NIGHT
          T
           he QUEEN is in bed, watching television. Staring.
          
           N SCREEN: television footage of TONY BLAIR, shaking hands
          with `the people', defending the QUEEN, helping MOURNERS with
          their grief..
          
                                V PRESENTER
                   ..earlier tonight the Prime Minister
                   went out and pleaded with people to
                   understand the Royals' behaviour..
          
          PRINCE PHILIP appears in the doorway...
          
                               ELIZABETH
                   How are the boys?
          
                               PRINCE PHILIP
                   Not so good tonight. A lot of slamming
                   doors.
                        (a beat)
                   I think they saw the papers.
          
          The QUEEN's eyes close. Pained..
          
                              ELIZABETH
                   Oh, no..
          
          ON SCREEN: television footage of FAMILIES sleeping in parks.
          Kensington Palace is a sea of flowers and tributes. The MALL
          is lined with singing, hugging, weeping MOURNERS of all ages
          and nationalities, holding candles..
          
                               PRINCE PHILIP
                   I'll take them out early again
                   tomorrow morning.
          

                                                               69.
          
          
          
          The QUEEN stares with total lack of comprehension at the VOX
          POPS which the television interviewer is doing..
          
                               TV INTERVIEWER (ON TV)
                   Where have you come from?
          
                              MOURNER 1 (ON TV)
                   Hamburg.
          
                               TV INTERVIEWER (ON TV)
                   Hamburg, Germany?
          
                                 OURNER 1 (ON TV)
                   Well, I just had to be here. She was
                   such a wonderful woman..
                               P
                               RINCE PHILIP
                   What?
          
                               MOURNER 2 (ON TV)
                   She was an angel..
          
                               PRINCE PHILIP
                   ...and a hysteric.
          
                               MOURNER 3 (ON TV)
                    o compassionate, and caring..
          
                               PRINCE PHILIP
                   Oh, please..
          
          PHILIP indicates the television..
          
                               PRINCE PHILIP (cont'd)
                   Sleeping in the streets and pulling
                   out their hair for someone they never
                   knew?
          
          He shoots a quizzical look..
          
                               PRINCE PHILIP
                   And they think we're mad?
          
          PHILIP turns to the QUEEN..
          
                               PRINCE PHILIP (cont'd)
                   Have you seen the latest funeral guest
                   list?
          
                              ELIZABETH
                   No.
          
                               PRINCE PHILIP
                   I suggest you keep it that way. A
                   chorus line of soap stars and
                   homosexuals.
                        (a beat)
                               (MORE)
          

          
          
                                                                   70.
                                 PRINCE PHILIP(cont'd)
                     Apparently Elton John is going to be
                     singing.
          
          The QUEEN's eyes close. It's agony.
          
                                 PRINCE PHILIP
                     That'll be a first for Westminster
                     Abbey.
          
          The QUEEN stares distractedly at the television..
          
                                 PRINCE PHILIP
                     Condolence books are now being signed
                     in our embassies in every major city
                     in the world.
                           a beat)
                     And in London alone the number has
                     reached forty.
          
           fter a beat..
          
                                 PRINCE PHILIP
                           stares at the CROWDS of
                           MOURNERS on the
                           television)
                     This reminds me of one of those films.
                     A few of us in a Fort. Hordes of Zulus
                     outside.
          
                                 P
              silence. The TELEVISION coverage continues..
          
                                  RINCE PHILIP
                     So it's VITAL you hold firm. Stick to
                     your guns. You wait. They will come to
                     their senses soon.
                           a beat)
                     They HAVE to.
          
          PHILIP climbs into bed beside the QUEEN..
          
                                 PRINCE PHILIP
                     C'mon, move over, Cabbage.
          
          The QUEEN stares at the TV. Staring at a modern Britain, a
          modern world she no longer understands.
          
          
          EXT. HIGHLANDS - NIGHT
          
          A bright, full moon. The unmistakable silhouette of THE STAG
          walks slowly across the blue-white orb - until he reaches a
          river..
          
          There, he stops, and bellows imperiously into the night.
          
                                                           ADE TO BLACK:
          

                                                               71.
          
          
          
          
          INT. DOWNING STREET - BEDROOM - DAY
          
          The following morning.
          
          6.30 am. TONY watches from his bed. The pastel-coloured set
          of `GOOD MORNING TV'. The hosts, a MAN and WOMAN in their
          forties, sit on a sofa. The MAN turns to the camera..
                               T
                                ELEVISION PRESENTER
                   It's six o'clock. Time for a look at
                   the morning's newspapers. Jenny..
          
          WE CUT TO: a smiling woman in her thirties, who sits at a
          coffee table which is covered in newspapers..
          
                               JENNY
                   Good morning. Well if you thought
                   yesterday's headlines for the Royals
                   couldn't get any worse - think again.
          
          
          INT. BALMORAL CASTLE - QUEEN'S BEDROOOM - DAY
          
          The QUEEN sits in bed, reading the newspapers. Her expression
          is ashen. She stares at the headlines.
          
          From outside her window, the sound of bagpipes as the PIPER
          SERGEANT stoically plays in a heavy Scottish downpour..
          
          A distant rumble of thunder.
          
          
          INT. DOWNING STREET - TONY'S OFFICE - DAY
          
          8.00 TONY BLAIR is with ALASTAIR CAMPBELL and a team of AIDES
          are in a meeting room with the newspapers in front of them..
          
                               ALASTAIR
                        (takes another paper)
                   T
                    he Sun - "Where is our Queen? Where
                   is her flag?"
                         takes another paper)
                   The Express, "Show us you care", with
                   a picture of a grumpy Queen.
                        (takes another paper)
                   The Mail - "Let the Flag Fly at half-
                   mast", and inside, "The Queen should
                   be here to show her respects."
          
          ALASTAIR raises his eyebrow.
          
                                LASTAIR
                   Blimey! But the flip-side is...
                   "Blair more popular than Churchill
                   shock."
          

          
                                                               72.
          
          
          
          ALASTAIR expects TONY to be pleased, but instead he appears
          concerned..
          
                               TONY
                   Did any of them pick up on our
                   statement of support?
          
                               ALASTAIR
                   Just one.
          
          CAMPBELL shows BLAIR the front page of `THE GUARDIAN' where
          "BLAIR DEFENDS STOICAL ROYALS.." is a minor headline..
          
                                LASTAIR (cont'd)
                   Statements of support don't sell
                   papers.
          
          TONY's expression changes. Frustrated. He thinks, then..
          
                               TONY
                   Right..
          
          TONY gets to his feet, and walks out. ALASTAIR watches
          
          
          EXT. BALMORAL CASTLE - DAY (CLUNY)
          
          The QUEEN walks out for her walk with her Corgis. She has her
          head-scarf and old raincoat on. DOGS barking excitedly..
          
          She is about to set off, when JANVRIN appears, breathlessly..
          
                                ANVRIN
                   The Prime Minister for you, Ma'am.
          
          The QUEEN looks pained at the thought..
          
                               JANVRIN
                   I'm afraid he's rather insisting.
          
                               ELIZABETH
                   All right. I'll take it here.
                         a beat)
                   In the kitchens.
          
          
          INT. BALMORAL - KITCHENS - DAY
          
          Frantic KITCHEN STAFF disperse in all directions as the QUEEN
          comes into the kitchen, DOGS barking..
          
          COOKS and MAIDS doff their caps, bowing in respect, then run
          into hiding, as the telephone extension rings..
          
          The QUEEN picks it up..
          

          
          
                                                               73.
          
          
          
                                 ELIZABETH
                      ood morning, Prime Minister.
          
          The QUEEN gestures to her DOGS. They promptly fall silent.
          
          
          INT. DOWNING STREET - SAME TIME
          
          TONY sits in his chair..
                               T
                                  TONY
                     Good morning, Ma'am.
          
           TONY hesitates, then chooses his words carefully..
          
                                 TONY (cont'd)
                     You've seen today's headlines?
          
          
          INT. BALMORAL CASTLE - KITCHENS - SAME TIME
          
          COOKS and FOOTMEN rush in a chair for the QUEEN, and bring a
          cup of tea. The QUEEN sits down..
          
          The DOGS duly follow suit. And sit.
          
                                 ELIZABETH
                     Yes, I have.
          
                                 TONY
                     Then I'm sure you'll agree. The
                     situation has become quite critical.
          
          TONY takes a breath. Knows this won't be easy.
          
                                 TONY (CONT'D)
                     Ma'am, a poll that's to be published
                     in tomorrow's paper suggests 70% of
                     people believe your actions have
                     damaged the monarchy and one in four
                     are now in favour of abolishing the
                     monarchy altogether.
          
           ilence.
          
                                 TONY
                     As your Prime Minister, I believe it's
                     my constitutional responsibility to
                     ADVISE the following..
          
          TONY braces himself. Knows the impact his words will have..
          
          
          INT. BALMORAL CASTLE - KITCHEN - DAY
          
          The QUEEN hangs up. She appears profoundly shaken. She turns
          to JANVRIN..
          

          
                                                                  74.
          
          
          
                               ELIZABETH
                   Is Queen Elizabeth up yet?
          
          
          INT. BALMORAL CASTLE - STAIRCASE - DAY
          
           he QUEEN walks up a staircase to her mother's quarters..
          
          
          INT. BALMORAL CASTLE - CORRIDOR - DAY
          
          The QUEEN walks along a corridor. She reaches a door. Knocks.
          Then, rather touchingly, calls out..
          
                              ELIZABETH
                   Mummy?
          
          
          INT. BALMORAL - QUEEN MOTHER'S BEDROOM - DAY
          
           he QUEEN sits on the unmade bed, as the QUEEN MOTHER
          finishes getting dressed, (attended by DRESSERS)..
          
                               ELIZABETH
                   One - lower the flag to half-mast
                   above Buckingham Palace and all other
                   Royal residences. Two - leave
                   Balmoral, and fly down to London at
                   the earliest opportunity. Three - pay
                   respects in person at Diana's coffin.
                   And four - make a statement via live
                   television to my people and the world.
          
          The QUEEN stares.
          
                                ELIZABETH (cont'd)
                   Swift prosecution of these matters, he
                   felt, might, just might avert
                   disaster.
          E
          
           XT. BALMORAL GROUNDS - DAY
          
           he QUEEN and QUEEN MOTHER walk through the grounds: stout,
          resolute, waterproofs, rain. A glorious Scottish summer.
          Distant rumbles of thunder...
          
                               QUEEN MOTHER
                    bviously you're going to have to talk
                   to the Lord Chamberlain about all
                   this.
          
                              ELIZABETH
                   I have.
          
                                UEEN MOTHER
                   And to Robert Fellowes.
          

          
                                                             75.
          
          
          
                                 ELIZABETH
                   To him too.
          
                                  UEEN MOTHER
                   And..?
          
                               ELIZABETH (cont'd)
                   It seems they both agree with him.
          
          A silence.
          
                                 QUEEN MOTHER
                   I see.
          
           he QUEEN stares. Then..
          
                               ELIZABETH
                   Something's happened. There's been a
                   change...a shift of values..
          
          The QUEEN looks up..
          
                               ELIZABETH (cont'd)
                   When you no longer understand your
                   people, isn't it time to hand over to
                   the next generation?
          
                               QUEEN MOTHER
                   Certainly not! Remember the oath you
                   took
          
                               ELIZABETH
                   "I declare that my whole life, whether
                   it be long or short, shall be devoted
                   to your service."
          
                               QUEEN MOTHER
                   Your WHOLE life. That's a commitment
                   to God as well as your people.
          
                               ELIZABETH
                   But if my actions are damaging the
                   crown?
          
                               QUEEN MOTHER
                   Damaging them? My dear, you are the
                   greatest asset this institution has.
                   One of the greatest it has EVER had.
                   The problem will come when you leave,
                   but that's not for you to worry about -
                   and certainly not today.
          
           he Queen rolls her eyes..
          
                                 ELIZABETH
                   Mummy..
          

          
                                                                 76.
          
          
          
          Then drifts off, into her own thoughts
          
                               ELIZABETH
                   It's just no one seems to value
                   tradition or constancy any more.
                        (a beat)
                   It's all about show. About wearing
                   your heart on your sleeve.
          
                               QUEEN MOTHER
                   And you're not like that. Never have
                   been. No...you must show strength. Re-
                   assert your authority. You sit on the
                   most powerful throne in Europe. Head
                   of an unbroken line that goes back
                   more than a thousand years. How many
                   of your predecessors do you imagine
                   would have dropped everything and gone
                   down to London because people holding
                   candles wanted help with their grief?

          The QUEEN MOTHER's tirade continues, but the QUEEN is not
          listening. She knows she has a decision to make.
          
                                UEEN MOTHER
                   And as for Mr Blair and his Cheshire
                   Cat grin...
          
          
          EXT. BALMORAL GROUNDS - LATE AFTERNOON
          
          The stalking Party is wrapping up after a day on the moors,
          some two dozen people, stalkers, members of the Royal Family,
          gamekeepers etc. load up the Land Rovers ready to return to
          Balmoral Castle.
          
            mobile phone rings. The Head Ghillie appears holding the
          phone.
          
                               GHILLIE
                   Mr Janvrin for you sir.
          
          Prince Philip takes the phone... a little surprised.
          
                               PRINCE PHILIP
                   Yes Robin....?
          
          Philip listens
          
                               PRINCE PHILIP
                   What? It's madness! The whole thing!
                   Bloody madness!
          
          Thunderous, Philip hangs up.
          
                               PRINCE PHILIP
                   It seems we are going back to London!
          

          
                                                               77.
          
          
          
          PHILIP climbs angrily into the Land Rover, slamming the door.
          People's eyes widen.
          
          
          INT. QUEEN'S STUDY - BALMORAL - LATE AFTERNOON
          
          The QUEEN's face in close-up. CHARLES peers round the door..
          
          He stares. Then, after a beat...
          
                               CHARLES
                   I've just been told. You've decided to
                   go back to London.
          T
           he QUEEN's face. Avoids eye contact.
          
                               CHARLES
                   I just want to say - I admire...
                        (strangled, trying to find
                         the right words)
                   I think it's the right decision.
          
          Silence. CHARLES stares..
          
                               CHARLES
                   Let's hope we haven't left it too
                   late.
          
          The QUEEN ignores him. CHARLES goes.
          
          
          EXT. BALMORAL GATES - DUSK
          
           n explosion of flashlights: the motor-winders and flashbulbs
          of the WORLD's MEDIA whir and pop through the gates of
          Balmoral Castle.
          
          It's an eerie, venal image. An unmistakable echo of DIANA's
          world, and her last moments in Paris.
          
          The QUEEN, CHARLES, PHILIP, and the two PRINCES try not to
          show their hostility, and gingerly inspect the flowers laid
          at the gates of Balmoral..
          
          The QUEEN's face is grim set. Lips pursed. Visibly uneasy
          with the CAMERAS audibly whirring all around her.
          
          CHARLES holds his son's hand, and tries to concentrate on the
          flowers and wreathes and tributes.
          
            RINCE WILLIAM stares at the CAMERAS. Hostile,
          uncomprehending looks. The beginning of a lifelong animosity.
          Suddenly..
          `
           BANG' a passing motorbike's exhaust backfires. CHARLES jolts
          in shock, and flinches privately.
          

          
                                                                78.
          
          
          
          Clearly, his fears have not lessened. He's expecting the
          bullet at any moment..
          
          
           NT. DOWNING STREET - BLAIR FAMILY FLAT - SAME TIME
          
          In the kitchen: CHERIE is feeding the kids supper at the
          kitchen table. The cheery chaos of family life. Everyone
          talking at once. Laughter. Teasing.
          
          Through an open door, we can see TONY in the sitting-room
          working. Shirt-sleeves, tie loosened..
          
          
          INT. BLAIR FLAT - SITTING ROOM - SAME TIME
          
          TONY sits with his feet up, doing his boxes, signing papers,
          and half watching television at the same time.
          
          ON SCREEN: the QUEEN and the Royals doing their photo-call.
          The voice of the NEWS READER at Channel Four..
          
                               NEWS READER (ON T.V.)
                   We are just getting some pictures now
                   from Balmoral. These are rather
                   historic shots. Clearly the Queen has
                   responded to criticism that the Royal
                   Family is not engaged..
          T
           TONY looks up. Breathes a sigh of relief..
          
                               TONY
                        (to himself)
                   Thank God for that.
          
          From the kitchen: CHERIE's voice..
          
                               CHERIE (cont'd)
                   It's fish-fingers. Want any?
          
                               TONY
                   Be right there.
          
          TONY finishes signing the papers. Turns off the TV. Walks
          into the kitchen. We hear CHERIE's voice as the door closes..
          
                               CHERIE
                   I'm afraid they're a bit burned.
          
                                                           FADE TO BLACK
          
          
          EXT. BALMORAL - DAY
          
          The PIPER SERGEANT walks around the castle perimeter playing
          the bag-pipes.
          

          
                                                               79.
          
          
          
          
          INT QUEENS BEDROOM - DAY
          
          The Queen is being dressed in black by her DRESSERS. Her Face
          apparently inscrutable. But the difficulty of the situation
          is clear.
          
          
          INT. BALMORAL CASTLE - BEDROOMS - VARIOUS - DAY
          
          The QUEEN comes downstairs to the first landing where bags
          are being brought out of the rooms by MAIDS and VALETS
                               P
                                RINCE PHILIP
                   Where are the boys? Have they already
                   left?
          
                               ELIZABETH
                   Yes. They left for London after
                   breakfast. With Charles.
          
           HILIP shakes his head..
          
                               PRINCE PHILIP
                   It's not right, you know
          
                                ELIZABETH
                   Yes, but further discussion is no
                   longer helpful either.
          
          The QUEEN heads downstairs.   PHILIP follows...
          
                               PRINCE PHILIP
                   Oh, well. I suppose it gives the
                   ghillies time to find a new stag for
                   the boys now theirs has been shot.
          
                               ELIZABETH
                   What?
          
          The QUEEN momentarily stiffens..
          
                               PRINCE PHILIP
                   Haven't you heard? It wandered onto
                   one of the neighbouring estates where
                   it was shot by one of the commercial
                   guests.
          
                                ELIZABETH
                   Really..?
          
          The blood has drained from her face..
          
                               ELIZABETH (cont'd)
                   Which estate?
          

                                                               80.
          
          
          
          
          EXT. BALMORAL - COURTYARD - DAY
          
          The QUEEN, pulling an old Barbour over her black dress,
          emerges into a courtyard where the royal cars are being
          loaded with bags for the trip.
          
          She climbs into a landrover, starts the engine.
          
          SECURITY MEN stare quizzically at one another, then leap into
          life and dash to their own cars to follow
          
          They drive out of the Balmoral Estate.
          
          
          INT. DOWNING STREET - BLAIR OFFICE - DAY
          
          TONY sits at his desk working on his speech. A knock on the
          door. ALASTAIR CAMPBELL enters..
          
                               CAMPBELL
                   Here's your box. There's some
                        (
                   important policy unit stuff on top.
                          a beat)
                   And you've seen the papers?
          
                               TONY
                        (snaps, irritated)
                   I'm the Prime Minister. Of course I've
                   seen the papers.
          
          ALASTAIR indicates the newspapers laid out on the table..
          
          'The Times': `PALACE BENDS THE KNEE TO BLAIR"
          
          'The Sun': "QUEEN CAVES IN ON PALACE FLAG".
          
          `The Express': "DOWNING STREET STEPS IN TO SAVE QUEEN".
          
          `The Mirror': "A QUIET WORD FROM TONY BLAIR AND THE NATION
          GETS ITS WISH".
          
                                LASTAIR
                        (in comic voice)
                   "Your Maj? Come down to London." "Who
                   says so?" "Tony Blair."
          
           LASTAIR reaches the door - sees TONY. Then..
          
                               ALASTAIR
                   "Mr. Father of the Nation."
          
          ALASTAIR goes. TONY watches. Losing patience.
          

                                                                 81.
          
          
          
          
          EXT. NEIGHBOURING CASTLE - COURTYARD - DAY
          
          The QUEEN's Land Rover, plus a protection vehicle, pulls up
          in a courtyard at Braemar Castle.
          
          The DRIVERS jump out. Go to open the doors for her..
          
          Working STALKERS and GHILLIES stop in their tracks, and
          double-take. Faces appear at windows. STABLE-HANDS, VISITORS
          and ESTATE STAFF stop and stare..
          
          We over hear whispers, `Bloody hell!' `It's her!'
          
          Presently, the HEAD GHILLIE appears in a doorway,
          deferentially straightening his hair, and clothes. He walks
          towards the QUEEN.
          
                               HEAD GILLIE
                   Morning, Ma'am. Is it his Lordship
                   you've come to see?
          H
           e reaches into his pockets for his cell-phone..
          
                               ELIZABETH
                   No, no..please don't disturb him. I've
                   come on another matter. I hope you
                   don't mind..
          
          
          EXT. NEIGHBOURING ESTATE - DAY
          
          The QUEEN and HEAD GILLIE walk towards a circular cooling
          room. The HEAD GILLIE opens the door..
          
          
          INT. NEIGHBOURING ESTATE - REFRIGERATED ROOM - DAY
          
          A large cooling room, where the shot animals are washed,
          disembowelled and cut up.
          
          Hanging in the centre of the room, his innards removed, blood
          draining onto the floor, is the STAG. A GAMEKEEPER, in
          overalls, is working on the carcass, when the door opens, and
          the QUEEN walks in.
          
           he GAMEKEEPER straightens. Stops what he's doing..
          
                               HEAD GILLIE
                   There he is..
          
          The QUEEN gasps in shock. Notices the GAMEKEEPER was about to
          begin the process of severing the STAG's head. The HEAD
          GILLIE, mistaking her reaction for admiration, smiles..
          

          
                                                                  82.
          
          
          
                               HEAD GILLIE (cont'd)
                   Yes, he's a beauty, isn't he? An
                   Imperial, Ma'am. Fourteen pointer.
          
           ut the QUEEN has not heard. She indicates a nasty wound..
          
                               ELIZABETH
                    e was wounded.
          
                               HEAD GILLIE
                   Yes. We got our guest in very close,
                   had him lined-up perfect, and still..
                         shrugs apologetically)
                   ..an investment banker, Ma'am. From
                   London.
          
          The QUEEN stretches her hand out, almost touches the wound..
          
                               HEAD GILLIE (cont'd)
                   I'm afraid the stalkers had to follow
                   him for miles - to finish him off.
          
                               ELIZABETH
                         voice cracks)
                   Let's hope he didn't suffer too much.
          
          Unseen by others, the QUEEN's knuckles whiten..
          
                               ELIZABETH (cont'd)
                   Please pass my congratulations to your
                   guest.
          
                               HEAD GILLIE
                   I will, Ma'am.
          
           he clears her throat, then goes..
          
                               HEAD GILLIE
                        (removing hat)
                   God bless you.
          
          The QUEEN goes. Dignified on the outside, but dying a
          thousand deaths underneath.
          
                                                        MATCH CUT TO:
          
          
          INT. AEROPLANE - ROYAL FLIGHT - DAY
          
          The QUEEN's face. She staring out of the window, dying a
          thousand deaths inside, on her way to RAF NORTHOLT in London.
          She is aboard the private jet belonging to the Queen's
          Flight, sitting opposite her is the QUEEN MOTHER
          
           n the table in between them are all the morning's NEWSPAPERS
          with their humiliating headlines.
          

                                                                 83.
          
          
          
          A shadow passes across her. The sound of a clearing throat.
          The QUEEN looks up. It's ROBIN JANVRIN. She snaps out of it.
                               E
                                  ELIZABETH
                   Yes, Robin..
          
          She puts on her glasses. Composure returns. Professional
          again.
          
                               JANVRIN
                   I've done a draft of your television
                   address.
          
                                ELIZABETH
                   Thank you.
          
           ANVRIN puts it down. He notices all the NEWSPAPERS.
          
                                ELIZABETH (cont'd)
                   Was there anything else?
          
          JANVRIN opens his mouth, wants to say something to comfort
          her..but realises it would be inappropriate.
          
                               JANVRIN
                   No, Ma'am. Landing in fifteen minutes.
          
          
          EXT. MALL - DAY - ARCHIVE
          
          The CAR carrying the QUEEN and PRINCE PHILIP sweeps into the
          MALL.
          
          
           NT. DOWNING STREET - ALASTAIR'S OFFICE - DAY
          
          ALASTAIR sits at his desk. A TV plays the footage of the
          QUEEN's car driving through the MALL..
          
          A SECRETARY walks in..
          
                               SECRETARY
                   I've got a copy of the Queen's speech.
          
          She passes it over to ALASTAIR..
          
                               SECRETARY
                   Shall I give Tony a copy?
          
                                LASTAIR
                   Let me have a look at it first.
          
          ALASTAIR starts reading it..
          

          
                                                                  84.
          
          
          
          
          INT. CAR - SAME TIME - ARCHIVE / RECONSTITUTED ARCHIVE
          
          The QUEEN and PHILIP stare out of the car. For the first
          time, they get an idea of the actual size and scale of the
          CROWDS..
          
                              PRINCE PHILIP
                        (jaw drops)
                   Good God..
          
          The QUEEN stares in fear and disbelief at the people lining
          the MALL. In places, the CROWDS are standing twenty deep.
          
           he FACES are reflected in the car windows. Are they hostile?
          Are they people she understands? Camera flashlights pop.
          
          
           NT. DOWNING STREET - ALASTAIR'S OFFICE - SAME TIME
          
          ALASTAIR makes a change to the Queen's speech. We CLOSE on
          the text as he writes, inserting...
          
                         "..speaking as a Grandmother"..
          
          In the background, on TV: we see the QUEEN's car pulls up.
          The doors open, the QUEEN gets out..
          
          Unaware her words are being edited by her Government.
          
          
          T
          EXT. BUCKINGHAM PALACE - DAY - LIVE
          
           he QUEEN steps out into the crowds..
          
          
          INT. DOWNING STREET - MONITORING ROOM - DAY
          
          TONY and several AIDES are watching the televisions.
          
          ON SCREEN: the QUEEN and PHILIP are looking at bouquets laid
          at the gates of the palace, reading messages and
          inscriptions..
          
          Candles are burning. Incense sticks. There are pictures of
          DIANA, and mini-shrines. Poems have been written.
          
           TONY watches intently. Behind him, the door opens and
          ALASTAIR enters..
          
                               ALASTAIR
                   They sent a copy of the Queen's
                   speech.
          
          ALISTAIR holds it between finger and thumb..
          

          
                                                               85.
          
          
          
                               ALASTAIR (CONT'D)
                   You might want to scrape the frost off
                   it first.
          
          ALASTAIR passes it to TONY..
          
                               ALASTAIR
                   I made a couple of changes. So it
                   sounds like it comes from a human
                   being.
          
          ALASTAIR turns, walks towards the door..
          
                               ALASTAIR
                   Oh, and one bit of good news. The old
                   boot's FINALLY agreed to pay respects
                   at Diana's coffin.
          
          TONY spins round, eyes flashing in anger..
          
                               TONY
                   You know when you get it wrong, you
                   REALLY get it wrong.
                         a beat)
                   That woman has given her whole life in
                   service to her people - fifty years
                   doing a job she NEVER wanted - a job
                   she watched kill her father. She's
                   executed it with dignity, honour and,
                   as far as I can tell, without a single
                   blemish - and now we line up baying
                   for her blood - why? Because she's
                   struggling to lead the world in
                   mourning for a woman who threw
                   everything she offered back in her
                   face, and who seemed, in the last few
                   years, to be committed twenty-four
                   seven to destroy everything she holds
                   dear.

           TONY storms off.
          
          
          EXT. BUCKINGHAM PALACE - DAY
          
          The QUEEN continues to read the hand-written messages for
          DIANA, "We love you." "Rest with the angels, Diana". "You
          touched us with your love."
          
           nd also some which are downright hostile. "You were too good
          for them." "They have your blood on their hands."
          
           he QUEEN stares, visibly shocked, then..
          
          Behind her, a small GIRL approaches, holding a bouquet of
          flowers. She stops, in front of the QUEEN..
          
                            

                                                                 86.
          
          
          
                                ELIZABETH
                   Oh..hello.
          
           he LITTLE GIRL tries to curtsey..
          
                               ELIZABETH (cont'd)
                   Would you like me to place them for
                   you?
          
                                LITTLE GIRL
                   No.
          
                                 ELIZABETH
                   Oh.
          
                               LITTLE GIRL
                   They're for you.
          
                              ELIZABETH
                        (visibly shocked)
                   For me..?
          
          The QUEEN is thrown. Suddenly looks utterly lost. Vulnerable,
          almost childlike. Her eyes are puffy and swollen, as though
          she is fighting tears..
          C
           ROWDS of MOURNERS watch intently. The QUEEN takes the
          flowers, then turns and walks away, visibly shaken..
          
          
          INT. BUCKINGHAM PALACE - CHINESE ROOM - DAY
          
          A television CREW is rigging lights in the Chinese Room in
          Buckingham Palace. JANVRIN enters and crosses the room.
          CAMERAS are being fixed to tripods..
          
          The QUEEN sits in a corner going through her speech.
          
                                ANVRIN
                   Your Majesty, there's a last minute
                   addition from Downing Street. They're
                   suggesting adding `..and as a
                   grandmother..' here.
          
                                ELIZABETH
                   Right.
          
          The QUEEN makes a note on the text..
          
                               ELIZABETH (cont'd)
                   "So what I say to you now, as your
                   Queen and as a grandmother, I say from
                   my heart."
          
                               JANVRIN
                   You think you can say it?
          

          
                                                               87.
          
          
          
                               ELIZABETH
                   Do I have a choice?
          
          The QUEEN turns as SOUND RECORDERS fix a clip-mike to her
          dress.
          
                                IRECTOR
                   We're ready for you, your Majesty..
          
          The QUEEN gets up.
          
                               DIRECTOR
                   Just to confirm this is going out
                   live.
          
                               ELIZABETH
                   Right
          
                               DIRECTOR
                   And you'll be at the front of the six
                   o'clock news on all the channels
          
                               ELIZABETH
                   I see.
          
          The QUEEN is led over to where the DIRECTOR has placed a
          chair and table in front of the cameras and lights..
          
                               FLOOR MANAGER
                        (calling out)
                   Ten seconds, everyone..
          
          The QUEEN sits at her desk. Final touches from hair and make-
          up. The MALL is clearly visible. The QUEEN holds the speech
          in front of her..
          
                               DIRECTOR (cont'd)
                   Five, four..
          
          We close on the QUEEN's face, and..
          
                               ELIZABETH
                   Since last Saturday's dreadful news we
                   have seen, throughout Britain and the
                   world, an overwhelming expression of
                   sadness at Diana's death..
          
          WATCHING FROM THE WINGS:
          
          PRINCE PHILIP and PRINCE CHARLES watch. PHILIP clenches his
          jaw muscles in irritation.
          I
          
           NT. CHINESE ROOM - SAME TIME
          
           he QUEEN continues..
          
                                                               88.
          
          
          
                               ELIZABETH
                   We have all been trying in our
                   different ways to cope. The initial
                   shock is often succeeded by a mixture
                   of other feelings. Disbelief,
                   incomprehension, anger and concern for
                   those who remain.
          
          
          INT. DOWNING STREET - SAME TIME
          
          TONY and CHERIE BLAIR watch from their apartment..
          
                               ELIZABETH (ON TV)
                   We have all felt these emotions in
                   these last few days. So what I say to
                   you now, as your Queen and as a
                   grandmother, I say from my heart...
          
          TONY flinches in sympathy as she says the line. CHERIE
          notices this, then..
          
                               CHERIE
                   "Heart"? What "heart". She doesn't
                   mean a word of this.
          
                               TONY
                   That's not the point. What she's doing
                   is extraordinary.
                        (points to the TV)
                   That's how you survive.
          
          CHERIE turns, and stares..
          
                               CHERIE
                   Listen to you! A week ago you were the
                   great moderniser, making speeches
                   about the "People's Princess", now
                   you've gone weak at the knees.
          
          TONY bristles with irritation..
          
                               CHERIE
                   I don't know why I'm surprised. In the
                   end, all Labour Prime Ministers go ga-
                   ga for her Maj.
          
                               ELIZABETH (ON TV)
                   I hope that tomorrow we can all,
                   wherever we are, join in expressing
                   our grief at Diana's loss, and
                   gratitude for her all-too-short life.
          

                                                                  89.
          
          
          
          
          INT. BUCKINGHAM PALACE - CHINESE ROOM - SAME TIME
          
          The QUEEN draws to a close. Her face is inscrutable. The
          DIRECTOR prepares his CREW to wind up..
          
                               ELIZABETH (cont'd)
                   May those who died rest in peace and
                   may we, each and every one of us..
          
          CLOSE-UP OF THE QUEEN:
          
                               ELIZABETH (cont'd)
                   ..thank God for someone who made many,
                   many people happy.
          
          The QUEEN holds her expression for the camera. Then..
          
                               DIRECTOR
                        (calls out)
                   And we're out..!
          
          The QUEEN's face relaxes. As does everyone in the room. A
          huge, collective breathing out.
                               D
                                IRECTOR (cont'd)
                   Thank you, your Majesty.
          
          But the QUEEN doesn't acknowledge him. She removes her clip-
          mike, and hands it to the DIRECTOR..
          
          ..then walks over to a waiting PRINCE PHILIP, who
          protectively extends an arm. The QUEEN and PRINCE PHILIP
          leave the room. People are left staring awkwardly at one
          another..
          
          OVER THIS: we FADE IN the sound of a haunting, elegiac hymn..
          
          
          INT. WESTMINSTER ABBEY - DAY
          
          A soloist sings "Libera me, Domine" from Verdi's Requiem, in
          Westminster Abbey as:
          
          GUESTS, (including TOM CRUISE, TON HANKS, NICOLE KIDMAN and
          STEVEN SPIELBERG), arrive with swollen, red eyes, for the
          funeral.
          
           UCIANO PAVAROTTI also attends - along with STING, TRUDI
          STYLER, BILL and HILARY CLINTON, ELTON JOHN, MOHAMMED AL-
          FAYED, CLIFF RICHARD, QUEEN NOOR...
          
           TONY and CHERIE BLAIR take their positions at the front of
          the church. The First Couple of Great Britain.
          

                                                                  90.
          
          
          
          
          EXT. STREETS OF LONDON - DAY
          
          DIANA's coffin is driven away. Showered by flowers all the
          way to her final resting place at Althorp.
          T
           he entire distraught, tearful NATION it seems, has come out
          onto the streets to pay their final respects.
          
                                                       SLOW FADE TO BLACK:
          
          
          CAPTION: `TWO MONTHS LATER'
          
          
           NT. DOWNING STREET - BLAIR'S FLAT - EVENING
          
          The face of TONY BLAIR stares back from a bathroom mirror.
          CHERIE is proudly tying his tie. Checking his appearance.
          
          We're in the family apartment above 11, Downing Street.
          CHERIE puts the finishing touches to his appearance..
          
          We notice her appearance has become even more stylish. Gone
          is her spiky hair. And the rough edges. Every inch the First
          Lady. They've both come a long way in a short time.
          
                               CHERIE
                   So? Off to see your girlfriend?
          
                                TONY
                   Now, now..
          
                               CHERIE
                   I hope she shows you some respect this
                   time. It's quite a debt of gratitude
                   she owes you.
          
          CHERIE straightens his tie..
          
                               CHERIE
                   Mr "Saviour of the Monarchy."
          
                                 TONY
                       doubt she'll see it that way.
          
          
           XT. BUCKINGHAM PALACE - COURTYARD - EVENING
          
          TONY's motorcade sweeps into Buckingham Palace. Doors are
          opened by his PROTECTION OFFICERS.
          
           TONY steps out to be greeted by the waiting JANVRIN..
          
                               TONY
                   Robin. Good to see you.
          

                                                                 91.
          
          
          
                                 JANVRIN
                     Prime Minister.
          
                                 TONY
                          (his most winning smile)
                     Tony, please..
          
          JANVRIN allows himself a private smile..
          
          
          INT. BUCKINGHAM PALACE - CORRIDOR - EVENING
          
          TONY BLAIR and the EQUERRY walk along the corridor, and reach
          the door.
          
           TONY shoots his cuffs. Clears his throat. The EQUERRY knocks.
          
          
          INT. AUDIENCE ROOM - EVENING
          
          TONY and the EQUERRY enter. Both bow from the neck..
          
                                 EQUERRY
                     The Prime Minister, Ma'am.
          
          TONY walks forward and meets the QUEEN, who, like JANVRIN,
          barely smiles, doesn't make eye contact, shakes his hand, and
          indicates a seat..
          
                                 ELIZABETH
                     Do sit down.
          
                                  TONY
                     Thank you.
          
           TONY sits, and stares at the QUEEN. Her face is inscrutable.
                               T
                                  TONY
                     It's good to see you again. After
                     quite a summer..
          
          The QUEEN's face. Stiffens.
          
                                 TONY (cont'd)
                     I'm referring to your visit to India
                     and Pakistan, where your comments
                     about ending historic disagreements
                     went down very well.
          
           ilence.
          
                                 TONY (cont'd)
                     And the Commonwealth Heads of
                     Government Meeting. I spoke to the
                     Prime Minister of Malawi, who was
                     saying how much he appreciated your
                     tough stance on Nigeria.
          

          
                                                               92.
          
          
          
          Silence.
          
                                  TONY
                      I meant to tell you at the time but
                      you were being monopolised rather.
          
           ilence.
          
                                  TONY
                      I imagine those occasions are quite
                      difficult. Twenty-four heads of
                      Government each clamouring for a
                      private audience..
          
          Silence. TONY takes a deep breath, then..
          
                                  TONY
                      Also, we haven't had a chance to speak
                      since THAT week. And I wanted to offer
                      my apologies..
          
          The QUEEN looks up..
          
                                  ELIZABETH
                      Whatever for?
          
                                  TONY
                      In case you'd felt `manhandled' or
                      `managed' in any way.
          
                                    ELIZABETH
                      Not at all.
          
              beat.
          
                                  ELIZABETH
                      I don't think I shall ever understand
                      what happened this summer.
          
                                    TONY
                      The circumstances were exceptional,
                      Ma'am. And in the end, you showed
                      great personal strength, courage, and
                      humility.   E
                                   ELIZABETH
                       ou're confusing humility with
                      humiliation.
          
                                   TONY
                      That's not true.
          
                                   ELIZABETH
                      You didn't hear what they were saying
                      in the Mall that Friday.
          

          
                                                                 93.
          
          
          
                                    TONY
                        I still believe History will show it
                        was a good week for you.
          
                                     ELIZABETH
                        And an even better one for you, Mr
                        Blair.
          
                                    TONY
                        But there are fifty-two weeks in a
                        year, Ma'am. And two and a half
                        thousand in a half century.
          
          The QUEEN looks up. Thrown by his compliment..
          
                                    TONY
                        And when people come to assess your
                        legacy, no one will remember those few
                        days.
          
                                       ELIZABETH
                        Really?
          
          
          
                                    ELIZABETH
                        You don't feel that what respect or
                        affection people might once have had
                        for..
          
          She wants to say `Me', but instead says..
          
                                    ELIZABETH
                        ..this institution has been
                        diminished?
          
                                      TONY
                        Not at all.
          
              pause..
          
                                    ELIZABETH
                        I gather some of your closest advisors
                        were less fulsome in their support..
          
                                     TONY
                        One or two. But as a leader one
                        has...a different perspective.
                              a beat)
                        I could never have added my voice to
                        the chorus.
          
                                     ELIZABETH
                        You're very kind.
          
          The QUEEN looks at TONY, raises an eyebrow..
          

          
                                                               94.
          
          
          
                               ELIZABETH
                   But let's also not forget the more
                   pragmatic reason.
          
                               TONY
                   Which is?
          
                               ELIZABETH
                   That without me there to distract
                   everyone, it'd suddenly become
                   embarrassingly clear how much
                   unchecked power the British Prime
                   Minister actually has.
          
           TONY looks up..
          
                               ELIZABETH
                   If fifty years of doing MY job has
                   taught me anything, it is that the
                   people doing YOURS generally prefer me
                   with all my faults to some kind of
                   meddling President..
                        (a beat)
                   Just look at the French.
          
          The QUEEN opens her handbag, and takes out her reading
          glasses..            E
                                ELIZABETH (cont'd)
                   I suppose we'd better get on with the
                   business in hand..
          
          The QUEEN looks out of the window. Notices how the sun is
          setting..
          
                               ELIZABETH (cont'd)
                   I do love this time of day. Shall we
                   walk while there's still some sunshine
                   left? I do hope you're a walker.
          
                               TONY
                   I am.
          
                               ELIZABETH
                   Good. The clocks go back next week,
                   then it'll be dark by five.
          
          TONY and the QUEEN get to their feet.
          
                                ELIZABETH (cont'd)
                   I always think these meetings stand a
                   better chance of succeeding if the
                   Prime Minister is a walker.
          
          FOOTMEN open the door as TONY and the QUEEN go out of the
          Audience Room, and into..
          
                                                                  95.
          
          
          
          
          INT. CORRIDOR - BUCKINGHAM PALACE - DAY
          
          BLAIR and the QUEEN turns a corner, and emerge into a
          corridor from the audience room...
          
                               ELIZABETH
                   As a matter of fact, it's how I think
                   best. On my feet. I've never been one
                   for sitting around endlessly. A good
                   walk and fresh air sorts everything
                   out..
          
          Unexpectedly, she stops. And suddenly we realize she's been
          holding something back..
          
                               ELIZABETH
                   One in four, you said? Wanted to get
                   rid of me? T
          
                                TONY
                   For about half an hour. But then you
                   came down to London and all that went
                   away.
          
          
                               ELIZABETH
                   I've never been hated like that
                   before.
          
                               TONY
                   No. And that must have been difficult.
          
                               ELIZABETH
                   It was. Very.
          
          They begin walking again..
          
                                 ELIZABETH
                   Ever since Diana people want glamour
                   and tears..the grand performance..and
                   I'm not very good at that. I prefer to
                   keep my feelings to myself. Foolishly
                   I believed that's what people wanted
                   from their Queen. Not to make a fuss
                   nor wear one's heart on one's sleeve,
                   duty first... self second.
          
          The QUEEN stops..
          
                               ELIZABETH
                   It's how I was brought up. It's all
                   I've ever known
          
                               TONY
                   One forgets. You were so young when
                   you became Queen.
          

                                                                96.
          
          
          
          The QUEEN drifts off..
          
                               ELIZABETH
                   I was. A girl.
          
          Then pulls herself back..
          
                               ELIZABETH
                   But I can see the world has changed.
                   And one must 'modernise'.
          
                               TONY
                   Well, perhaps that's where I can help.
          
                               ELIZABETH
                   (with a twinkle as they set off)
                   Don't get ahead of yourself Prime-
                   minister, I think you'll find that I'm
                   supposed to be advising YOU!
          
          
          INT. BUCKINGHAM PALACE - GRAND STAIRCASE - DAY
          
          The corridor outside. As the QUEEN passes JANVRIN, he
          surreptitiously looks at his watch, and raises his eyebrow.
          The QUEEN smiles..
          
          
          INT. BUCKINGHAM PALACE - GARDENS - DAY
          
          FOOTMEN open double-doors which lead out into the gardens.
          The QUEEN and the PRIME MINISTER walk out..
          
                               ELIZABETH
                   So...what might we expect in your
                   first Parliament?
          
          TONY clears his throat, then..
          
                               TONY
                   Well, Ma'am, top of the list is
                   education reform. We want to radically
                   reduce classroom sizes...
          
          Our CAMERA slowly pulls back over the gardens, until the
          QUEEN and TONY are two dots in the distance...
          
          Time has moved on. Sand has covered the footprints.
          
          The momentary hiccup that was `Diana' already long
          forgotten..
          
                                                       FADE TO BLACK: