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The British monarchy on screen

Mandy Merck


Moving images of the British monarchy, in fact and fiction, are almost as old as the moving image itself, dating back to an 1895 dramatic vignette, The Execution of Mary Queen of Scots. Led by Queen Victoria, British monarchs themselves appeared in the new “animated photography” from 1896. Half a century later, the 1953 coronation of Elizabeth II was a milestone in the adoption of television, watched by 20 million Britons and 100 million North Americans. At the century’s end, Princess Diana’s funeral was viewed by 2.5 billion worldwide. Seventeen essays by international commentators examine th ... More

Keywords: British monarchy, Queer cinema, Henry VIII, William and Kate, Representation

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Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780719099564
Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: September 2016 DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719099564.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Mandy Merck, editor
Royal Holloway, University of London

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Mandy Merck

Part I Victorian inventions

Part II The Elizabethan diva

Part III Images of empire

Part IV Popular participation in royal representation

Part V Television’s contested histories

Part VI Monarchy in contemporary anglophone cinema

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