A royal affairDVD - 2013 | Danish
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Caroline Mathilde: I'm trying to remember him. Johann. I have to tell you about him. About us. Why we did the things we did. My beloved children, you do not know me, but I am your mother. Perhaps you have never forgiven me. Perhaps you hate me. I hope not. I now know that I will never see you again, so I am writing to tell you the truth, before it's too late.
Johann Friedrich Struensee: Your majesty.
Caroline Mathilde: You recognized me.
Johann Friedrich Struensee: I would recognize you blindfolded.
Caroline Mathilde: But your costume is not very imaginative.
Johann Friedrich Struensee: I'm afraid I'm not very good at the masquerade.
Caroline Mathilde: I believe this is the one night when everyone can be themselves. *pauses* But you never remove your mask. Do you?
Queen Caroline Mathilda: [reading from a book by Rousseau] "Man is born free, and everywhere he is in shackles."
[From a bird's eye view atop a balcony after the play, Brandt and Struensee are seen discussing Rantzau's new wife, Sophie.]
Dr. Struensee: [referring to Rantzau] "As long as he's happy."
Brandt: "Yes, men have an odd ability to ignore reason when it comes to beautiful young women. [Pauses] 'Le Morte d'Arthur.' Have you read it? Thomas Malory."
Dr. Struensee: "I've heard of it."
Brandt: "King Arthur's knight, Sir Lancelot, has an affair with Queen Guinevere. The king finds out, orders both killed, and the kingdom falls apart. [Turns to face Struensee] You're a fool. I like you a lot. I don't want to mourn by your severed head."