Sunday, 6 February 2011

The King's Speech

I finally went to see it and of course really enjoyed it. I did already know quite a lot about the history and the various people, but didn't know about Lionel Logue's contribution. I really enjoyed that male friendship angle and the idea that George VI had somebody helping him through that life imposed upon him.
I came across a recording of the speech around which the film revolves and was impressed with how well Colin Firth captured it. It is very touching to hear the original. And amazing that this King went on to become an inspiration for his people during war time. True courage and a real sense of duty.
I have two claims to fame on this matter! Firstly my great-grandfather was a Hansom cab driver in London and according to my grandmother, he used to take Edward VIII in his cab visiting ladies, one of whom was Wallis Simpson. My grandmother in relaying this tale used slightly spicier language and a bit more detail, but this will suffice.

Secondly, my father was Our Man In Paris who dealt with some matters relating to Wallis Simpson when she was old and infirm, living in that massive house on the Bois de Boulogne.

I don't know if you have ever noticed, but an amazing amount of letterboxes still bear the letters GR. I like to look out for them. I love the fact that we have access to our history all around us if we just think to look.

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