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Winnie the Pooh Meets Elizabeth is an upcoming film to be made by CarltonHeroes. It will appear in a near future.

Plot

In 1558, Queen Mary (Kathy Burke), the Catholic daughter of King Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon, dies of a cancerous tumour in her uterus. Mary's Protestant half-sister, Elizabeth (Cate Blanchett), whom Henry fathered with Anne Boleyn, becomes Queen of England. Elizabeth had previously been jailed for a supposed conspiracy to murder Mary but has been freed for her coronation. Elizabeth is being courted by several suitors, including Henry, Duc d'Anjou (Vincent Cassel), whom she rejects, but is urged by William Cecil, 1st Baron Burghley (Richard Attenborough) to marry, which would secure her throne.

However, she has a secret affair with Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester (Joseph Fiennes) instead. The affair is, however, no secret from Cecil, who makes it clear that a monarch has no private life. Elizabeth deals with various threats to her reign, including Thomas Howard, 4th Duke of Norfolk (Christopher Eccleston) who seeks to legitimize his claim by marrying her Catholic cousin, Mary, Queen of Scots, and Mary's mother, Mary of Guise (Fanny Ardant), who brings French troops into Scotland to attack Elizabeth's forces when they invade. Elizabeth permanently banishes Dudley from her private presence when she finds out from Cecil that he is married. Elizabeth feels that such relations could give a man too much power over her.

Moreover, cutting off her relations with Dudley is part of the process by which she becomes increasingly tough and assertive, as she carefully prepared and rehearsed the speech she delivered to a recalcitrant Parliament and force through her religious reforms, the Act of Uniformity. She also becomes capable of occasional ruthless behavior as in unflinchingly ordering the execution of those whom she considers dangerous to her rule. After Elizabeth's adviser Francis Walsingham (Geoffrey Rush) discovers Norfolk and the Spanish ambassador De La Quadra (James Frain) plotting with King Philip, she orders their arrest and execution.

Mary of Guise is assassinated by Walsingham, who acted on unofficial orders from Elizabeth. All this is a considerable change from the warm-hearted, rather romantic girl that Elizabeth was earlier; remaining such would have been incompatible with being a Queen who ruled and dominated the men around her. Elizabeth has her face painted white and her hair cut by Kat Ashley (Emily Mortimer), assuming the persona of the "Virgin Queen." Elizabeth declares she is married to England just before walking down the aisle to sit on her throne.

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