The King's Speech - Summary

The King's Speech is an historical film about King George VI who must rise above his stammer to give speeches. Prince Albert, Duke of York (Colin Firth), the second son of King George V, stammers through his speech closing the 1925 British Empire Exhibition at Wembley Stadium. The Duke has given up hope of a cure, but his wife Elizabeth (Helena Bonham Carter) persuades him to see Lionel Logue (Geoffrey Rush), an Australian speech therapist living and working in London.

During their first session, Logue breaches royal etiquette by referring to the Prince as "Bertie," a name only his family uses. Logue believes that Bertie’s problems stem from faulty breathing and with a great amount of work the stammer can be cured.

Logue focuses on physical exercises and teaches his patient muscle relaxation and breath-control techniques but continues to probe gently at the psychological roots of the stutter. The Duke eventually reveals pressures of his childhood: his tense relationship with his strict father, the repression of his natural left-handedness, painful splints to correct his knock-knees, physical abuse by his nanny and the early death of his younger brother, Prince John.

After King George V (Michael Gambon) makes his 1934 Christmas radio address, he explains to his son how important broadcasting is to a modern monarchy. With incredible foresight, he declares that "David" (Guy Pearce), Albert's older brother and the heir to the throne, will bring ruin to himself, the family and the country when he takes over the throne. King George demands that Albert train himself, starting with a reading of his father's speech.

In January 1936, George V dies, and David (the Prince of Wales) ascends the throne as King Edward VIII. When the new King gives up the throne to marry a divorced woman, Albert becomes King George VI. Learn if Bertie is able to overcome his stammer to become a successful ruler.

In this story behind the movie, meet the Duke and Duchess of York (who became King George VI and Queen Consort Elizabeth). Meet the speech therapist who works with Prince Albert. Hear King George VI’s famous speech. Go behind the scenes to learn how a once-shy young man with a stammer becomes a beloved King of the United Kingdom.

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Author: Carole D. Bos, J.D. 5189stories and lessons created

Original Release: Dec 01, 2010

Updated Last Revision: Nov 09, 2016

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