Bertie and Elizabeth (2002) short review

A mildly interesting fictionalization of the lives of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth (the Queen Mum).  James Wilby is really quite good as Bertie/George VI, and Juliet Aubrey does a great characterization of Elizabeth even if physically she is totally unlike her.  However, this falls into that oh-so-familiar trap that biographies often do of trying to cover too much time, so that you’re not sure whether it’s the next day or five years. Interesting to see the abdication of Edward VIII from a totally different perspective.  I mildly liked it — it makes good background if it’s on tv, but I wouldn’t go out of my way to rent/buy it.


About the author



Kendra has been a fixture in the online costuming world since the late 1990s. Her website, Démodé Couture, is one of the most well-known online resources for historical costumers. In the summer of 2014, she published a book on 18th-century wig and hair styling. Kendra is a librarian at a university, specializing in history and fashion. She’s also an academic, with several articles on fashion history published in research journals.