Royal Netflix drama The Crown helped secure Rishi’s extraordinary G7 global tax deal
The Crown: Royal insider outlines 'casting struggles'
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Finance ministers from the G7 countries which are the world’s seven biggest economies arrived earlier this week for talks in the historic Lancaster House building in London. The venue was chosen because it is in a central London location in St James district near Westminster making it easy for global politicians and their officials to access.
But the Foreign Office-owned mansion built in 1825 for George III’s second son had an instant impact on the summit attendees because it is where The Crown has been filmed over its four series so far replacing Buckingham Palace.
A source close to Chancellor Rishi Sunak explained that it was an example of British soft power enabling a deal to get done.
The source said: “We had to do this thing last minute at Lancaster House because of ease of access.
“But it turns out that in terms of soft power everybody loves The Crown and the best thing about having everyone there is the fact that The Crown is filmed there and everyone is taking pictures and sending them back to their families saying ‘my gosh I am where The Crown is filmed, isn’t that great!’.
“They are taking selfies and all sorts. So it is a nice small example of our soft power in action and everything that represents.
“It was great to be a Brit in Lancaster House in the sunshine and it helped us get everything done.”
It turned out that The Crown was not the only attraction of the historic building.“The Government wine cellar is underneath Lancaster House.
We took people down there and they loved that. They loved the history down there as well,” the source explained.
The Crown is not the only world famous show filmed on location there.
In 2013 it was used for the Christmas special for Downton Abbey, while it appeared as the location for the comedy film King Ralph in 1991 ,the mystery adventure film National Treasure: Book of Secrets in 2007, the historical drama film The Young Victoria in 2009, and the Oscar winning The King’s Speech in 2010.
Previously known as York House, Lansdowne House, Devonshire House and Stafford House, it was also a favourite location of the young Winston Churchill.
At the end of the 19th century he noted that : “Glittering parties [there] comprised all the elements which made a gay and splendid social circle in close relation to the business of Parliament, the hierarchies of the Army and Navy, and the policy of the State.”
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