According to an interview with the writer of The Queen Peter Morgan,
the Stag scene did not really happen.
?That stuff with the queen seeing a stag out on the Balmoral Castle
grounds in Scotland as she's coping with public reaction to Diana's
death ? was that pure invention??
?That has no basis in reality, no. [The royal family] did go shooting
the day after Diana's death. But actually I think it was grouse they
hunted. I chose to make it stalking [a deer] because that echoed the
themes I was more interested in for this piece. People [like Princess
Diana and the queen herself] being pursued, hunted, stalked. Cameras
with telephoto lenses and guns with telescopic sights feel very
?In the film, the queen gets upset over the stag being hunted. It
almost seems like she cares more about the stag than about her dead
?There was a lot going on that week, and there were a lot of people
having emotions coming out sideways. The queen probably felt
overwhelmed, and, inappropriately, [her emotions] came out over a dead
animal. To be honest with you, it was intentionally metaphoric, the
stag. An animal like that doesn't get to be 14 points [with large
antlers] unless it evades capture over a period of years. That's sort
of how I feel about our monarchy. I'm not quite sure how they're still
there. For me, the stag was the queen. When she sheds a tear over it,
it's an expression of self-sympathy and self-recognition, of a fellow
animal in jeopardy.?
Peter Morgan says the stag scene was ?an imaginary yet starkly
emotional sequence? and was written ?as a kind of potent metaphor.?
?At Balmoral, Morgan also learned that the Queen would often go out
driving alone in her Land Rover, which led to the wholly imaginary yet
starkly emotional sequence in the film in which she encounters, with a
flicker of recognition, a majestic stag alone in the woods. ?That
scene was written as a kind of potent metaphor,? Morgan explains.
?Apart from the fact that the stag is an age-old symbol of the
imperial, and that the Queen is known to have a deeper kind of
connection to animals than to people, I was also interested in the
idea that any stag that still has 14-points is one that has eluded
capture and avoided being culled, which seemed an apt reflection on a
monarchy that has not really played any serious role in the politics
of the country for a long time.?
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