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A Royal Night Out

It is a historical fact that the young princesses Elisabeth and Margaret didn’t spent V-Day at Buckingham Palace. The romance that A ROYAL NIGHT depicts on that night is pure rumbustious invention.


The Queen. Who embodies an aura of composed dignity and unapproachable aristocracy more than her? Yet even Elisabeth from the Windsors was once young: all of London celebrated on the 8th of May 1945. Princesses Elisabeth and Margaret wrest from their parents and stay up late, party, and do the lindy hop – after all, you don’t win a world war every day. It’s a shame, though, that the princesses find themselves on different busses at a certain point and that London is totally out of control.

It has been historically proven that Elisabeth and Margaret were not celebrating at Buckingham Palace on V-Day. The fact that the story is true makes it all the more fascinating. However, we don’t know exactly what happened, which is why director Julian Jarrold expanded on the idea with a bit of fantasy. These ideas developed into a nice romance between the incognito heir apparent and a dishonorably discharged worker Jack which gets ignited as they search for Margaret and are followed by the military police. The film knows how outrageous this all seems and these implausible turn of events play out in a subtly ironic manner. The absurd situations unfold in a wonderfully light way that counter the image of the reserved, benevolent Queen.

Harald Mühlbeyer

Translation: Elinor Lewy


Original title: A Royal Night Out
Großbritannien 2015, 97 min
Genre: Drama, Love Stories
Director: Julian Jarrold
Author: Trevor De Silva, Kevin Hood
DOP: Christophe Beaucarne
Montage: Luke Dunkley
Music: Paul Englishby
Distributor: Concorde Filmverleih
Cast: Emily Watson, Rupert Everett, Sarah Gadon, Jack Reynor, Jack Laskey
FSK: 6
Release: 01.10.2015



  • OV Original version
  • OmU Original with German subtitles
  • OmeU Original with English subtitles

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