A royal appointment
the first look at samantha Bond as Queen elizabeth ii
One will be most amused by these glorious first photos of Samantha Bond as Queen Elizabeth II in Sky One’s comedy The Queen and I, set to air this Christmas.
The 90-minute special is based on the late Sue Townsend’s much-loved
1992 book of the same name, and imagines the British Government ordering Her Majesty to abdicate, resulting in Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip going to live on a council estate in the Midlands.
Our snaps were taken as Downton Abbey star Samantha – looking every inch the monarch in an aqua coat and matching hat – and Frances Barber, who is playing the Queen’s sister Princess Margaret, filmed a street party in Salford. The star-studded cast also includes David Walliams and Amanda Abbington.
sisters: samantha and frances as the Queen and princess Margaret