The Crown (2016– )
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With Elizabeth in a new role, Phillip tries to assert some power. Churchill wants to delay the coronation. King George's disgraced brother arrives.


Philip Martin


Peter Morgan (created by), Peter Morgan | 4 more credits »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Claire Foy ... Queen Elizabeth II
Matt Smith ... Philip, Duke of Edinburgh
Victoria Hamilton ... Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother
Jared Harris ... King George VI
Vanessa Kirby ... Princess Margaret
Eileen Atkins ... Queen Mary
Alex Jennings ... David, Duke of Windsor
John Lithgow ... Winston Churchill
Jeremy Northam ... Anthony Eden
Billy Jenkins ... Prince Charles
Verity Russell Verity Russell ... Young Princess Elizabeth
Beau Gadsdon ... Young Princess Margaret
Clive Francis ... Lord Salisbury
Nicholas Rowe ... Jock Colville
Pip Torrens ... Tommy Lascelles


George's funeral takes place with the arrival of his brother, Edward, Duke of Windsor, evoking Elizabeth's memory of the abdication. Her mother and especially grandmother, Queen Mary, are angered by his sarcastic presence and Mary has no compunction in telling him, though Elizabeth is prepared to be conciliatory - to a point. She is also grateful to Churchill for his guidance in her new situation, but annoys Philip when she refuses to let the royal house change its name from Windsor to Mountbatten. Unaware of his sister-in-law's involvement with a commoner on the brink of divorce, Philip asks Townsend to give him flying lessons. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Drama | History


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Release Date:

4 November 2016 (USA) See more »

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Left Bank Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.00 : 1
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Did You Know?


Alex Jennings (Duke of Windsor) also played Prince Charles in The Queen (2006) See more »


Prince Phillip states that he has always wanted to learn how to fly. Yet at the investiture by King George VI, he is clearly wearing Fleet Air Arm Pilots wings on his Royal Navy uniforms left sleeve. See more »


Lord Salisbury: Some last minute adjustments to the funeral arrangements. If you are in agreement, ma'am, we thought that the Duke of Windsor should join the Dukes of Gloucester, Kent and Edinburgh.
Queen Elizabeth II: But that'd be the row behind me. Breathing down my neck.
Lord Salisbury: We could, if Her Majesty likes, increase the distance, put him back a few rows.
Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother: Any chance that could stretch to being on the steps outside the chapel?
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Even the Queen Gets the Blues
23 November 2016 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

It's interesting how tradition rises above all else in a monarchy. Elizabeth, now the queen, is, on the one hand, the greatest cause celebre of her time, but, by the same token, a neophyte. King George never really trained her to be his successor, despite his awareness of bad health (or denial, if you will). This episode focuses greatly on a couple things. One the need for Phillip to make the family name, Mountbatten, his family, versus the House of Windsor (not normally give to a queen in succession). The second has to do with Edward, who abdicated to marry Wallace Simpson, but who wants to still be part of the royal family. The wife of George has no time for him and makes that known all the time. Edward has been living off an allowance and the is said to be diminished in the future, probably out of pique by the "cold hard" family. We see the tussles with Parliamanet and the crown, specifically with the aging Winston Churchill (played masterfully by John Lithgow), and his connection with the young Elizabeth. There is some drawing room intrigue going on, which, for me, is rather distracting, involving Princess Anne. Ultimately, it falls in the lap of the new queen, and her word goes. I also agree with a previous reviewer that the cinematography is masterful.

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