The Architecture in The King’s Speech

The King’s Speech is a film directed by Tom Hooper and written by David Seidler about King George VI (Colin Firth) and his difficulty in overcoming a stammer. He sees Lionel Logue, an Australian speech therapist (Geoffrey Rush) and they become friends as they work together, and after his brother abdicates the throne, the new King relies on Logue to help him make his first wartime radio broadcast on Britain’s declaration of war on Germany in 1939.

The film features many historical places such as the Wembley Stadium where the first scene of the film took place, Buckingham Palace, Balmoral Castle and the Collegiate Church of St Peter at Westminster. But the standout for me would be the Westminster Abbey.

The Collegiate Church of St Peter at Westminster or Westminster Abbey is a Gothic church in Westminster, London, United Kingdom. It is a traditional place of coronation and burial site for English, British and monarchs of the Commonwealth realms. It is a Royal Peculiar and briefly held the status of a cathedral from 1540 to 1550.

When I first saw the part of the movie about the coronation, I instantly knew that it was in the Westminster Abbey. First, it is because I knew the history of the abbey of being a place for coronation for monarchs and second, its structure is very unique and it cannot be easily forgotten when you have already seen it. Although it is in a Gothic style and most people would be a little uneasy about it, I find it elegant and not creepy at all. There is something about the pointed arches and high ceilings that gives me the impression of royalty and elegance. It is indeed a vision of the British monarch.


By Joelle Anne Ecito 2011-14984


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