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Will ‘The Crown’ address Queen Elizabeth’s death?

September 14, 2022

Queen Elizabeth II died peacefully on Sepember 8  at the age of 96 at Balmoral Castle in Scotland, her family verified in a statement. “The King and The Queen Consort will remain at Balmoral this evening and will return to London tomorrow,” the announcement revealed, reports Bustle.

The news led to an outpouring of responses from royals, celebrities, and “man-on- the-street interviews” around the world.

But, if you got to know the royal family (as many viewers did) through the Emmy-winning Netflix series, The Crown, you may be wondering: How the popular series will deal with the Queen’s death?

The show doesn’t claim to be a completely accurate retelling of Queen Elizabeth II and her family’s lives, of course. A Netflix spokesperson once told Variety it’s “a work of fiction that’s broadly based on historical events.” But it does try to get close with the help of “a dozen exceptionally bright researchers, script editors, and historians,” showrunner Peter Morgan told The Hollywood Reporter.

In other words, an event as significant as Queen Elizabeth II’s death would definitely be explored in detail by The Crown — if the show had plans to cover this portion of history, that is. However, Morgan never intended for The Crown to get so close to the modern era. “I try to keep focused on history and not the present day,” he told The Hollywood Reporter. “I like to make sure there is at least a generation between the events I’m writing about and what’s going on all around me.”

The Crown, Season 5, which is scheduled to debut in November, will reportedly include the death of Princess Diana in 1997— and Season 6 will reach as far as the early aughts, according to Deadline. The sixth and final season “will not bring us any closer to present day,” Morgan reiterated to the outlet. “It will simply enable us to cover the same period in greater detail.”

While you can be sure that Morgan isn’t rushing to make any edits or script changes, The Crown may still be affected by Queen Elizabeth II’s death in a major way. A source recently told The New York Post that the show has its “own version of Operation London Bridge”—referencing the protocol (which was discussed in The Crown) of what should happen after the monarch dies.

“This is particularly pertinent for if we are filming,” the source added. “Filming will shut down immediately if we are in production, for at least a week. There would also be lots of discussion about when to restart.”

This indeed seems to be the plan for filming Season 6, as Morgan told Deadline in a September 8 email. The Crown is a love letter to her and I’ve nothing to add for now, just silence and respect,” he wrote. “I expect we will stop filming out of respect too.”

Even though Season 5 is just two months away, The Crown’s reported Operation London Bridge could feasibly include other changes, too, like postponing the season premiere out of respect for the royal family. It wouldn’t be the first time a project related to the royals has been pushed back for this reason.

Last year, for example, Netflix indefinitely postponed the premiere of the UK Channel 5 documentary, Diana: The Interview That Shocked The World, following the death of Prince Philip —and today, the doc is not streaming on Netflix. Granted, this was not a Netflix original like The Crown is, but it still shows that the streamer treads carefully when the royal family is involved.

Research contact: @bustle

Britain’s royal family gathers at Balmoral amid concerns for Queen’s health

September 9, 2022

Just after 12.30 p.m. (7:30 a.m. EDT) in London on Thursday, September 8, Buckingham Palace issued a statement that doctors were concerned about the health of the long-reigning monarch, Queen Elizabeth II, age 96, and were recommending that she remain under medical supervision.

Soon after that, the BBC reports, all of the Queen’s children either had arrived to be with her at Balmoral Castle in Scotland or were on their way.

Prince Charles, Camilla, and Princess Anne were already at Balmoral. Prince William, the Queen’s eldest grandson and second in line to the throne, was flying there; while his wife Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, remained in Windsor, where her children had commenced their first full day of school for the year.

Prince William’s brother, Prince Harry, and his wife, Meghan, had been in the UK in recent days for engagements. They immediately canceled plans so that Prince Harry could be at the Queen’s side.

On Tuesday, September 6, newly appointed UK Prime Minister Liz Truss had, herself, travelled to Balmoral to be appointed by the Queen, in a break with tradition, as the monarch would have normally seen her in London. But the Queen had suffered from mobility issues recently and so the meeting was moved to Balmoral.

At 7:39 a.m. London time, Truss tweeted: “The whole country will be deeply concerned by the news from Buckingham Palace this lunchtime. My thoughts—and the thoughts of people across our United Kingdom—are with Her Majesty The Queen and her family at this time.”

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Editor’s note: The Queen died on September 9. Buckingham Palace announced in an official statement, “The Queen died peacefully at Balmoral this afternoon.” Following the announcement, a rare double rainbow appeared in the sky outside Buckingham Palace.

Brands release special products, packaging for Queen Elizabeth’s Platinum Jubilee

May 26, 2022

Buckingham Palace is pulling out all the stops to mark Queen Elizabeth II’s 70 years on the British throne—and brands are following suit with an array of limited-edition products and packaging, reports The Wall Street Journal.

British consumers in the run-up to the celebrations from June 2 through June 5 can shop for Platinum Jubilee-themed potato chips, lipsticks, condiments, and gins. There also is a Jubilee-themed stuffed toy shaped like an anthropomorphic carrot dressed as the Queen.

A Jubilee refrigerator, adorned with a Union Jack recolored in “Clean Black,” “Glam Lavender,” and “Glam Peach” hit the market this month courtesy of Samsung Electronics. So did Mattel’s “Queen Barbie,” which department store John Lewis & Partners said sold out in minutes. And stores across the U.K. are displaying window signs calling out to “Get Jubilee Ready.”

Companies hope to cash in on a long weekend of partying with packaging and product designs aiming to connect their brands to the national celebration of the Queen herself rather than the monarchy, which divides public opinion.

“In the U.K. we treat Jubilees as a moment of shared celebration, so it’s not only a time for brands that see themselves as super royalist,” said Jo Arden, chief strategy officer at advertising agency Ogilvy UK. “It is about being part of the national conversation.”

Royal commemorative objects first appeared in the U.K. in the 16th century, and the quantity and diversity of souvenirs boomed following the Industrial Revolution, said Amy Dobson, curator of the London Museum of Brands’ “Jubilation: 200 Years of Royal Souvenirs” exhibition.

Aligning brands with royalty adds a premium air to products, and introducing limited-edition lines creates a sense of urgency to buy, Dobson said.

Brands also view the Platinum Jubilee as a once-in-a-lifetime cultural moment they can lean on to sell more products amid a nationwide economic squeeze, marketers said.

Indeed, the Centre for Retail Research estimated consumers will spend the equivalent of $510 million during the Jubilee, including about $350 million for souvenirs and memorabilia and $150 million on festivities.

“Tapping into moments like the Jubilee helps bring our brands top of mind and ultimately drives sales,” said Anke von Hanstein, senior brand manager for sauces at Kraft Heinz .

Heinz for the Jubilee renamed two sauces: Its HP brown sauce has become HM—a nod to “Her Majesty”—and its Salad Cream is for a limited time Salad Queen. Heinz hopes the quirky branding will encourage consumers to buy bottles for street parties during the long weekend, von Hanstein said, adding the branding keeps its focus on the Queen, not the monarchy.

The label for Right Royal Pickle, a special-edition jarred pickled chutney from condiment company Tracklements, likewise focuses on the Queen, with a cartoon of her and her corgis.

“We don’t feel this is showing a political bias because [the Jubilee] seems like quite a mutual, fun celebration—everyone coming out of COVID; everyone being able to get back together again, the spirit of the street party,” said Sally Dorling, marketing manager of Tims Dairy which released a new “Strawberry Royale” flavor yogurt around the Jubilee.

The limited-edition yogurt, which is mixed with a strawberry-champagne conserve, features a small, tiara-like design drawing, similar to illustrations of crowns on Heinz’s sauce labels. The Platinum Jubilee design of Cadbury’s Dairy Milk chocolate also features a simple line drawing of a crown, the official emblem for the celebration.

Meanwhile, the U.K.’s flag has been employed very subtly, if at all, on limited-edition packaging. Designs are more likely to feature the flag with muted colors and a matte finish in contrast to earlier Jubilees, including the Diamond Jubilee in 2012, when the U.K. was gearing up to host the Olympic Games and the flag in traditional red, white and blue was flying everywhere, said the Museum of Brands’ Dobson.

“I wonder if the new designs for the Platinum Jubilee are reflective of consumer sentiment this year,” she said. “We’re going through turbulent times. Perhaps some of the brands are playing it just a little bit safer.”

Research contact: @WSJ

Barbie releases Queen Elizabeth II doll on occasion of her 96th birthday

April 22, 2022

Barbie is officially releasing a Queen Elizabeth II doll to celebrate both the queen’s 96th birthday and her Platinum Jubilee, which marks 70 years on the throne, reports Good Morning America.

The Queen Elizabeth II Barbie doll, part of Barbie’s Tribute Collection series, debuted on Thursday, which is April 21, the U.K. queen’s birthday.

It marks the first Barbie made in Queen Elizabeth’s likeness, according to Mattel.

The doll is dressed in an ivory gown inspired by the “style and color of a gown that she’s favored in royal portraits of herself,” Mattel said in a statement.

The Queen Elizabeth II doll also features regal details, such as Queen Mary’s fringe tiara, which Queen Elizabeth wore on her wedding day, and medallions of the orders of the royal family.

The doll’s packaging is inspired by Buckingham Palace, the queen’s residence in London, with red carpeting, a crest-shaped logo and a badge marking the queen’s Platinum Jubilee, according to Mattel.

“In 1952, when she came to the throne, women were not encouraged to work and politicians expressed doubts about a young female monarch — but she showed them wrong, proved herself an adept leader and diplomat,” Kate Williams, author of “Our Queen Elizabeth,” a picture book on the queen, said in a statement provided by Mattel.

“As Her Majesty celebrates this milestone jubilee, it is wonderful to see an iconic brand like Barbie share important historical female figures impact as leaders, creators and pioneers to new generations.”

Research contact: @GMA

Andy Warhol’s pop portrait of Queen Elizabeth to be displayed for her Platinum Jubilee

April 14, 2022

A rarely seen portrait of Queen Elizabeth II by pop artist Andy Warhol will go on display next month—alongside portraits of Britain’s other ruling queens—as part of a special Sotheby’s exhibit for the Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee, which marks her 70th year on the throne, reports Forbes.

The special exhibit will feature portraits of each of Britain’s seven queens regnant—those who ruled in their own right, not as the wife of a king. The Andy Warhol portrait, completed in 1985, is on loan from a private collection. It was based on a photograph taken in 1977 to commemorate the queen’s Silver Jubilee.

 Another rare portrait that will be displayed is the world-famous Armada Portrait of Queen Elizabeth I from the private Woburn Abbey Collection, commissioned to celebrate the 1588 defeat of the Spanish Armada—and widely considered to be one of the finest portraits of the Tudor queen.

 Sotheby’s also will display a selection of aristocratic tiaras and jewelry, rare books, manuscripts and book bindings with royal provenance from both British royalty and from European ruling families, which includes a special copy of Elizabeth II’s Coronation Bible, which was used at her crowning ceremony at Westminster Abbey on June 2, 1953.

 The exhibit will run from May 28 to June at Sotheby’s New Bond Street galleries in London and will include programming including special talks, debates, and musical and drama performances.

Queen Elizabeth turns 96 next week on her birthday, April 21, although her official royal birthday is celebrated in June with the annual Trooping the Colour military parade. Elizabeth became the longest reigning monarch in 2015 when she beat out the previous record holder, her great-great grandmother Queen Victoria, who ruled for 63 years and 7 months.

 Elizabeth is the first British ruler to mark 70 years on the throne. The year-long Platinum Jubilee celebration will culminate this spring and summer with a variety of events across the U.K., including other special exhibits and programs at cultural institutions like the Victoria and Albert Museum and British Museum in London, as well as concerts, parties, parades—and even a dessert contest.

 Research contact: @Forbes

Spell check: Souvenirs commemorate Queen’s Elizabeth’s reign with ‘Platinum Jubbly’ misprint

February 3, 2022

On February 6, Queen Elizabeth II will become the first British monarch in history to celebrate a Platinum Jubilee. Seven decades have passed since she acceded to the throne at the age of 25 following the death of her father, George VI.

However, a spelling mistake on thousands of pieces of Platinum Jubilee merchandising—calling it the “Platinum Jubbly”—is proving a challenge for souvenir sellers, reports the BBC.

Not fazed in the least, Wholesale Clearance website boss Karl Baxter told the BBC that he plans to pitch them as “collectors’ items.”

“What could be more unique than our limited-edition misprinted crockery?” he said, adding, “This could be your chance to get your hands on a novelty souvenir for a fraction of the price.”

He claims to be offering a 90% discount, noting, “There’s a market for everything.”

The Platinum Jubilee will be marked with a four-day holiday in June, featuring concerts, parties, pageants— and maybe some Jubilee bubbly.

Research contact: @BBC

‘You are as old as you feel’: Queen Elizabeth II refuses ‘Oldie of the Year’ award

October 21, 2021

Queen Elizabeth II, who turned 95 last April, has declined an award for “Oldie of the Year” from a British magazine, with a polite—if slightly cheeky—response, reports Page Six of The New York Post.

“Her Majesty believes you are as old as you feel; as such the Queen does not believe she meets the relevant criteria to be able to accept and hopes you find a more worthy recipient,” Tom Laing-Baker, the Queen’s assistant private secretary, said in a letter shared by the magazine on Tuesday, October 19.

The Oldie, a British monthly, is aimed at the mature set “as a light-hearted alternative to a press obsessed with youth and celebrity,” its website trumpets. Every year the editors bestow an Oldie of the Year award in a light-hearted ceremony. Previous winners have included Eileen Atkins, Glenda Jackson, Peter Blake, and David Hockney.

But at least one member of the royal family approves of the ceremony. The Queen’s daughter-in-law, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, turned up at Oldie’s awards lunch to hand out honors like Champion Knitter of the Year and Truly Scrumptious Oldie of the Year.

In her remarks, Camilla, 74, acknowledged the advantages of aging: “Watching one’s children growing up; enjoying one’s grandchildren—knowing that they’ll be going home after the visit; finding more time to read; finding time to read The Oldie—and coming to jolly lunches like this one,” Prince Charles’s wife said, according to People.

The Oldie magazine clearly has a soft spot for the Royal Family. The Queen’s husband, Prince Phillip, who passed away in April at age 99, was named Consort of the Year at the awards in 2012.

He accepted the award warmly, writing: “There is nothing like it for morale to be reminded that the years are passing—ever more quickly,” and adding, “but it is nice to be remembered at all.”

Research contact: @PageSix

A ‘curtsy’ call: Queen Elizabeth to hire a new personal assistant at Buckingham Palace

December 4, 2020

It’s good to be queen—but she does expect the royal treatment. Queen Elizabeth is hiring a new personal assistant—seeking an impeccable candidate to help run the show at Buckingham Palace in London.

The Royal Household recently posted the opening for the full-time gig, describing the right hire as organized, efficient, and comfortable working in a fast-paced, “high profile” environment, Fox News reports.

Reporting to a senior manager within the Private Secretary’s Office, the new hire will coordinate calendars, correspondence, meetings, and appointments—drawing from his or her past experience as a personal assistant for “board-level individuals” to keep cool under pressure.

Drama queens need not apply, as the Royal Household seeks applicants with excellent interpersonal communication skills who take pride in their work.

The personal assistant will be hired for a two-year stint from January 2021 to January 2023; perhaps playing a hand in coordinating the four-day “blockbuster weekend of celebrations” reportedly in the works to celebrate Elizabeth’s 70-year reign in 2022.

Travel is also required for the position, though the idea of quick trips to the Queen’s vacation homes like Sandringham estate in Norfolk, England, and Balmoral Castle in Scotland sure sound like perks.

Interested applicants should quickly revise their royal resumes, as the job posting closes on Friday, December 4. According to a LinkedIn listing, over 200 hopefuls have already applied.

Research contact: @FoxNews

Trump tries to walk back ‘brutal’ comments on Brexit

July 16, 2018

As the POTUS and FLOTUS prepared to meet Queen Elizabeth II at Windsor Castle on July 13, Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May was still recovering from an icy meeting with Trump at the NATO summit in Brussels—and from the president’s disparaging comments about her Brexit strategy in a newspaper interview published the same morning.

In a world exclusive interview with The Sun—characterized as “insulting” by the British public—President Trump said that May’s Brexit strategy was “soft” and that, “If they do a deal like that, we would be dealing with the European Union instead of dealing with the UK, so it will probably kill the deal.”

He also “tore into” London Mayor Sadiq Khan “for not standing up to terrorists,” and insisted that former Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson would make “a great Prime Minister.”

Informed of the diplomatic damage he had done, the president then tried to walk it back at a press conference at Chequers, the prime minister’s 16th-century official country residence, The New York Times reported.

The U.S.-based news outlet described Trump’s attitude as “by turns defiant, fawning and dismissive about the interview,” saying, “He first tried to deny he had criticized the prime minister and blamed the embarrassing episode on the news media. When that rang hollow, he then tried to compensate by lavishing Mrs. May with compliments and, in the end, claimed that the slights were so insignificant that she had waved off his attempts at an apology.”

 “I didn’t criticize the prime minister; I have a lot of respect for the prime minister,” Mr. Trump told reporters during an outdoor news conference after he and Mrs. May had met for talks. He blamed “fake news,” claiming the report — in a right-wing, pro-Brexit, Murdoch-owned tabloid — had omitted his praise of Mrs. May. “I think she’s doing a terrific job, by the way,” Mr. Trump said, calling her “tough” and “capable.”

According to the Times report, President Trump admitted, “I did give her a suggestion — I wouldn’t say advice — and I think she found it maybe too brutal. As far as negotiating the deal, I probably would have done what my suggestion was to

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