In early 18th century Britain, Queen Anne’s (Olivia Colman) gout renders her too weak to rule, even though England is at war with the French. Lady Sarah (Rachel Weisz) quietly rules in place of Queen Anne, managing competing interests within the monarchy and parliament. When Sarah’s cousin Abigail (Emma Stone) falls on hard times, she travels to the castle looking for work and Sarah offers her a job as a scullery maid. A bitter rivalry ensues between the two reunited cousins as their ambitions grow and they compete to establish themselves as the Queen’s favorite companion.
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