“A Royal Night Out: Because Girls Just Want to Have Fun” post has been sponsored but all opinions are my own.
A Royal Night Out: Because Girls Just Want to Have Fun
I recently had the opportunity to check out the movie A Royal Night Out and wanted to share my impressions with you…. But first, see if you can solve this equation: 2 sheltered princesses + teenage rebellion + one night on the town + a country-wide celebration = X
Even if you’re really, really bad at math I’m sure you can figure that one out. 🙂
Personally, I haven’t had the pleasure of raising teenage girls but having been one (once upon a time), I can definitely relate to the mischief, mayhem, and hint of romance presented in A Royal Night Out. Get a little taste for yourself by watching the trailer or better yet, go see A Royal Night Out in theaters today.
Inspired by true events, A Royal Night Out is a coming of age meets Cinderella in reverse story. So, here’s the scene: It’s VE Day (Victory in Europe Day), peace is spreading across Europe, and London is readying itself for the party to end all parties. Tucked away in Buckingham Palace, two sheltered princesses would do anything to shrug of their tiaras for one night and join in on the fun. Princess Elizabeth and younger sister, Margaret are determined to convince their parents (a.k.a. the King and Queen) that they are totally responsible enough to go out and celebrate with the “commoners”.
This totally gave me flashbacks of trying to convince my own parents to let me go to a party or concert.
Despite the Queen’s protestations, the two princesses are allowed to go out incognito BUT must be accompanied by chaperones (two army officers) and be back before 1 am. As I’m sure you can guess, it takes no time at all for the two to ditch their escorts.
Unfortunately, it also doesn’t take long for the princesses to get separated.
Margaret is swept off by a partying naval office who shows her the seedier side of London including nightclubs and brothels. While trying to find her fun-loving sister, Elizabeth meets a gentlemen with a secret of his own. While helping her hunt for Margaret, the two have their own adventures and a few sparks of romance fly. Unfortunately, since his name isn’t Philip you know how this is going to end right away. 🙁
By the time the two party girls make it back to Buckingham Palace they have more than missed their 1 am curfew… and I can definitely relate to that as well!
As mentioned above, A Royal Night Out is loosely based on actual events. Princesses Elizabeth and Margaret did in fact go out into the crowds on VE Day. In reality, they had far more than 2 chaperones with them and as far as we know, never ditched any of them. I doubt that they got into half as much trouble as Sarah Gadon (Princess Elizabeth) and Bel Powley (Princess Margaret) get into in A Royal Night Out. However, it is quite fun to imagine that the Queen could tell some wild (or at least mildly improper) stories from that night!
Overall, I found A Royal Night Out to be a lighthearted and fun movie. It is not a “serious” film but so what? It’s a great way to unwind and have a few laughs. If you’re looking for a date night movie this weekend or something to do with the girls I highly recommend it.
Note: It is rated PG 13 for some cursing, risqué clothing, and sexual references, so I probably would not take younger children.
If you go to see a Royal Night Out, in theaters today, please share your thoughts on the film in the comments!