A Royal Night Out is based loosely on the legend of when Princess Elizabeth and Margaret were allowed out on VE Day to join in the celebrations.

The story begins with it being announced that the war will end and that the King will give a speech that evening. On the news Princess Margaret becomes increasingly excited and begs Princess Elizabeth to ask the King to let them out for the evening. It is with much reluctance that he agrees as long as they are accompanied by two officers from the Army. As soon as they can the Princess’ give them the slip and this does result in Princess Margaret disappearing before Elizabeth sees her.


What then ensues is a cat and mouse game between the two of them with Elizabeth enlisting the help of a young angry soldier. They predictably are in the same place at the same time but have a few near misses. The main crux of the story is about the young soldier called Jack that Princess Elizabeth meets. He has absconded from the army and is a ladies man and is meant to be seen as a bit rude and a bit of playboy, unfortunately this isn’t portrayed very well. The over the top posh accent from Elizabeth mixed with the over accentuated cockney accent from Jack means that sometimes the scenes are a bit unbearable to watch.


Elizabeth takes Jack to her house which of course is Buckingham Palace and you really focus on the fact that they can’t be together, think Romeo and Juliet. The main premise of the story is this bittersweet love story and shows that no matter what class or background, love can in effect conquer all, just not when your father is the King.

Unfortunately, the story is a bit slow and some of the acting is a bit ‘hammy’ but this nostalgic look at a war torn Britain is an ok watch and the scenes were dressed perfectly so, giving you a real taste of how jubilant and unified Britain really was on VE Day.



Dir: Julian Jarrold

Scr: Trevor De Silva, Kevin Hood

Starring: Bel Powley, Sarah Gadon, Emily Watson, Jack Reynor, Rupert Everett, Roger Allam

Prd: Robert Bernstein, Douglas Rae

DOP: Christophe Beaucarne 

Music: Paul Englisby

Country: UK

Year: 2015

Run time: 97 mins


A Royal Night Out is out on Blu-Ray, DVD and Digital now.