Few days ago I saw the movie The Queen as portrayed in 2006 by Helen Mirren. The film is telling the story about Queen Elizabeth II at the time when Tony Blair was elected prime minister of Britain and when Princess Diana died.

In the film, Queen Elizabeth was confronted by the death of Diana, the dearly beloved Princess of the People aka Princess Diana. The Queen reacted apparently without any sorrow, and felt that she had to follow certain protocols. According to the protocol, she and her tea-loving husband and the Queen Mother did not want to make a big fuzz out of the death of Diana, after all Diana was no longer a Royal Highness, an HRH.

Queen Elizabeth and the staff of Buckingham Palace wanted to leave it to Diana's family, the Spencers, to have the responsibility and decision to handle the funeral. However, the young and very newly-elected Tony Blair had another point-of-view; he thought that the palace had to do something, especially because the people were waiting to hear something from the palace. It came to the point where the monarch's popularity was in severe jeopardy, one of the issues were the fact that the flag over Buckingham Palace was not on half as a symbol of sorrow and respect.

The Prime Minster Tony Blair encouraged the queen to do something before it was too late for her and the rest of her elegantly dressed royal family, who apparently continued their daily life with hunting parties etc. In the end, Queen Elizabeth had to break these protocols and outside of Buckingham Palace she shared the grief with the mass on the loss of the Princess of the People. Queen Elizabeth was also obliged to perform on the television by making a respectful speech in honor of Diana. Who could have known what would have happened had Queen Elizabeth continued to follow the protocols.

The public known reaction of Buckingham Palace and Queen Elizabeth II made many people ask the question: Your Highness, are you really necessary?

The movie The Queen can very well make many think that monarchs are way too appreciated. While many claim that to have a monarchy in a country is cheaper than to have changing presidents, and that a monarchy is a very lucrative asset, because it is generating income by tourism etc., then many people think the opposite. In particular the exposure in the movie The Queen of the incidents around Princess Diana's death made more people realize that these royal highnesses are no longer necessary in a modern democratic world.

Anyway, let's go back to the movie. I thought it was OK. Helen Mirren's acting was awesome. Of course, I wouldn't know whether Queen Elizabeth's overall character was clearly portrayed by Mirren, but I believe Mirren made me see what could be the true image of how the Queen is. I found that the Queen Mother was so ridiculously funny, because in the film she either looked like a nosy neighbor hanging out with Queen Elizabeth or an evil alter ego. The Queen's husband, Prince Philip's character was interesting, I felt that he was either an ornament or a bored person who only knows about hunting and tea drinking.

I think that the film maker and the writer have made a film in fine balance. It is not a direct tribute to Queen Elizabeth II, or an ugly critique. In the end the viewer can reflect over which side of the fence is the better. Is it a yes to monarchy or not?