In the movie King’s Speech, the role of the continuity and succession of a Monarch was emphasized when King George VI, then the Duke of York, has to assume the throne when his brother, David abdicated the throne because of his marriage to an American divorcee Wallis Simpson. This too is a glaring example of a Monarch’s role in Britain that a King is also the head of the Church of England that marrying to a divorcee would be incompatible to his post.
The King, although he does not rule, has an important role of being a figure of national identity, unity and pride. This was best emphasized when England has to get into war with Germany that the King has to make a speech that inspires and unites his people despite of his speech impediment. It caused the King anxiety knowing that he has a tremendous responsibility of uniting his people as England gets into war with Germany.
The Monarchy is also a source of national identity and a source of pride. The King has to act according to his role as a Monarch. This particular role of a Monarch has been a source of drama in the movie when Lionel had been insisting on his need for them to be equals during their sessions with him calling the King by his first name, Bertie.