The Queen, aging femininity and the recuperation of the monarchy
Dolan, J. (2010) The Queen, aging femininity and the recuperation of the monarchy. In: Swinnen, A. and Stotesbury, J., eds. (2010) Ageing, Perfomance and Stardom: Doing Age on the Stage of Consumerist Culture. LIT Verlag. ISBN 9783643501875 Available from: http://eprints.uwe.ac.uk/8227
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This article explores the role played by ‘aging femininity’ in the biopic, The Queen, in the recuperation of the monarchy from republican tendencies that followed from the death of Diana. The article traces how the film initially establishes a binary between age/youth, tradition/modernity, The Queen/Diana, which is then unsettled through representations of Queen Elizabeth II as an ordinary. Aging woman and suggestions that the film is revealing vulnerabilities previously cloaked by the protocols of royal spectacle. From this position, a conjunction is forged with the ‘senior sexy’ image of star Helen Mirren, a conjunction that positions Elizabeth II as the embodied resolution of the binary tensions between tradition and modernity that had underpinned the republican tendency.