The Queen Elizabeth II has certainly enjoyed her fair share of cultural references. 

Who could forget her “skydiving” into the 2012 Olympics with James Bond?

There are so many fun mentions of the Queen in books, movies, tv, and everything else in pop culture, here are the top ten.

Skydiving with James Bond.  We already talked about it, but seriously, it was so iconic.  At the 2012 Olympic Games, organizers had a scene where Queen Elizabeth has to skydive with James Bond, played by Daniel Craig.  Although the Queen didn’t actually parachute into the stadium, she and her corgis created a short video with Daniel Craig, and here it is above.

The Queen and Andy Warhol.  The Queen’s portrait was turned into pop art by Andy Warhol in the 1980’s and the Queen actually bought a set of these paintings in 2012 for the royal collection.

The Crown.  This Netflix series chronicles the life of Queen Elizabeth II, from her ascension on the throne to the modern day, we’re still waiting for the next season, but all of these have proved to be great!  If you’re interested in her history, this is a great place to start.

The Queen.  There is also a film about Elizabeth II and it stars Helen Mirren which follows the time of her reign right after Princess Diana dies in 1997 and her troubles relating to the people.  Dame Helen Mirren won an Oscar for the role and is a great film.

The Queen visits The Game of Thrones.  The Queen visited the set of Game of Thrones in Northern Ireland.  She met some of the actors from the show, but didn’t sit on the Iron Throne.

Diana the Musical.  Ok, so this musical was short lived and marred by the pandemic, but it might have been a good thing because this particular musical is awful, but is it so bad that it’s hilarious?  Judge for yourself, it is streaming on Netflix and just utterly absurd.

The Queen’s Corgi.  This is an animated comedy film made in 2019 from Belgium, and it looks so cute!  Inspired by the story of Queen Elizabeth II and her pet corgis, the story follows the corgi Rex who gets lost and then must try to find his way home.

Spencer.  The new film starring Kristen Stewart is a great film all about the final days of Diana in Buckingham Palace before she gets divorced from Charles.  The Queen is of course a part of the story, but the acting from Stewart is what makes this film work.

Winnie The Pooh Meets the Queen.  This special book was published in 2016 to commemorate both the 90th birthday of the queen and of the characters in Winnie the Pooh.  The story imagines what would happen between The Queen and Winnie the Pooh at Buckingham Palace.

Her Majesty.  This is a song by the Beatles from the 1969 famous album Abbey Road.

About the author

Alice Cash is the Marketing Manager for Jubilance by day and an award winning Theatre Director by night.  Leading the podcast Weekly Woman, she loves her candid conversations with women from all over the world about how they live and the amazing things they are doing to make a difference. Alice is also the editor of the bi-monthly newsletter the Jubilee, a blog dedicated to the power of female wellness especially concerning menstruation.  She’s worked in France creating theatre pieces and taught drama and filmmaking to women and children in Haiti.  She graduated from Georgetown University and holds two master degrees from NYU and The New School.  Alice has traveled to  40+ countries, including Tibet.  She is a New Yorker and can often be found in Central Park, searching out the best bubble tea, or directing a play, you never know where she’ll show up. @alicesadventuresinwonderworld
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