"She's sort of like your parents' sofa that you grew up with as a child. When you were young it was new and you bounced on it. Then it got wine spilled on it, and cigarette burns in it, and it got recovered when it was worn. Then you go back to your childhood home. You'd forgotten all about it, but you look at it and realise it is the most constant and familiar thing in your life." DAME Helen Mirren sums up what Queen Elizabeth II means to the British public at a press conference for new movie THE QUEEN.