When Franklin Roosevelt invited England’s King George VI for a visit to the United States, the significance of the invitation did not go unnoticed. No reigning British Monarch had ever set foot on American soil, not even in colonial times. This movie is an engaging and romantic look at that visit in 1939. President Franklin D. Roosevelt and his wife, Eleanor hosted the King and Queen of England for a weekend at their home in upstate New York. This visit had to be juggled with the complexities of FDR’s domestic establishment, as wife, mother, and mistresses all conspire to make the royal trip an unforgettable one. Hyde Park of Hudson is a charming and fresh look at true events and the mysteries of love and friendship, from the acclaimed director of Notting Hill.
I had read years ago that Eleanor served hot dogs to the King and Queen of England on the front porch of the cottage. The press made a great deal about the hotdogs and the picnic made the front page of the New York Times. I wonder if the picnic made it into the movie! – Laura