The Crown (2016– )
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Margaret and Peter are reunited, but another obstacle stands in their way. Elizabeth is torn between her duty as Queen and her love for her sister.


Philip Martin


Peter Morgan (created by), Peter Morgan | 3 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
Alex Jennings ... David, Duke of Windsor
Jeremy Northam ... Anthony Eden
Billy Jenkins ... Prince Charles
Verity Russell Verity Russell ... Young Princess Elizabeth
Beau Gadsdon Beau Gadsdon ... Young Princess Margaret
Pip Torrens ... Tommy Lascelles
Ben Miles ... Peter Townsend
James Hillier ... Equerry (Buckingham Palace)
Ronald Pickup ... Archbishop of Canterbury
Lia Williams ... Wallis Simpson


In 1936, following his brother's abdication, the King tells his daughters always to put the country above personal interests and nineteen years later this comes back to haunt Elizabeth as, although Margaret is now twenty-five, Parliament finds new objections to her marrying Townsend, chiefly because he is a divorcee, and the Queen is put in the terrible position of having to break her promise to her sister and forbid the marriage. Margaret hates her but a phone conversation is made with surprisingly sympathetic Duke of Windsor. Another problem is Philip's continued view that he is always in his wife's shadow as he goes off to open the Melbourne Olympics - and in Egypt the Suez crisis looms. Written by don @ minifie-1 with clarifications by d.rust

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Release Date:

4 November 2016 (USA) See more »

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Production Co:

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?


The speech given by Group Captain Peter Townsend in this episode was actually a statement issued by Princess Margaret. See more »


It is suggested that the Abdication was a whim that occurred on December 10 1936 as indicated by the opening title and the subsequent scene. The document was merely signed on that date after a week of discussion. Wallis Simpson had gone to France on December 3 to escape the press and therefore was not present. See more »

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Wish the first season went further
30 November 2017 | by divviebeeSee all my reviews

A surprising place to end Elizabeth's story without getting in to the crisis in Egypt. The cold ending to Margaret's love affair feels incomplete. If true, was this how the sisters left it or did it continue to effect their relationship? I do think Claire Foy is amazing to watch and her sense of duty and patriotism is remarkable, especially in a time with people think being Queen is so amazing.

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