Yes, "The Queen Is Coming" Trend on TikTok Is From 'The Princess Diaries'
Why are people saying "Gupta, the Queen is coming" on TikTok? The sound used in the viral videos is from the 2001 film 'The Princess Diaries.'
The "2000s Challenge" on TikTok showed that many Gen Zers didn't know the top popular songs from the '00s, and it proved to be quite a humbling experience for some millennials. For those who were appalled that today's teens might not know "Say My Name" by Destiny's Child or "Get Your Freak On" by Missy Elliott, there's a new trend on the video app that will restore some of your faith in the next generation.
Users have been utilizing a sound taken from the 2001 comedy film The Princess Diaries about the arrival of Queen Clarisse (Julie Andrews), and they've put a unique spin on it that involves their pets.
What is "The Queen Is Coming" trend on TikTok? Find out more about the hilarious video format below.
What does "Gupta, the Queen Is Coming" mean on TikTok?
Though The Princess Diaries made its debut in theatres in July 2001, it's evident that the Anne Hathaway comedy has continued to make a mark on viewers of all age groups.
The trend involves dialogue from the movie, more specifically, the scene in which Vice Principal Geraldine Gupta (Sandra Oh) learns via a phone call that the Queen of Genovia (Julie Andrews) is making an appearance at her granddaughter's high school.
The clip begins with the phone ringing before Gupta picks it up.
"Gupta, mmhmm, mhhmm, mhhmm," the character says on the phone before hanging it up on its receiver (how retro). "The Queen is coming."
This moment in the film was one of the more quotable ones, and it's gotten a whole new life on TikTok.
TikTok users have mouthed the words from this scene in the movie, but there's more to the trend than that. Instead of picking up a phone, participants are using various household items to make the scene more ridiculous.
Who started the "Gupta, the Queen is coming" trend on TikTok?
The trend appears to have originated from Maddie Youngman (@MaddieYoungman), who used her dog's paw as the phone. There have been more than 18 million views for #TheQueenIsComing on the app.
One of the more popular iterations of the trend is Ayla Jalyn's (@AylaJalyn) take on the challenge, which has nearly three million views. She used her cat's entire body as a phone.
While many people have employed their cats, dogs, hamsters, and, in one case, a duck, as phones to get laughs for this video, others have used babies or the feet of their unsuspecting loved ones.
Aside from finding something original to use as a phone, those interested in participating in the trend just need to play the sound clip from the movie.
In May of 2020, Sandra Oh appeared remotely on The Graham Norton Show. She discussed the impact of the scene, and she recreated it for viewers.
"There's a line people like you saying from that movie," Graham said.
Sandra said that she hadn't watched The Princess Diaries ever before, but that she remembered the now-infamous dialogue from when she filmed the scene. Nearly 19 years after the film debuted, Sandra redid the scene.
You can watch the updated version of Sandra's phone call from The Princess Diaries below.