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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Release Date:

4 November 2016 (USA) See more »

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Production Co:

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Technical Specs


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 »


[last lines]
Queen Elizabeth II: My Lords, I hereby declare my will and pleasure that I and my children shall be styled and known as the House and Family of Windsor. And that my descendants, other than female descendants who marry, and their descendants, shall bear the name of Windsor.
[cheering, applause]
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The politics take centre stage as conflicts brew and tensions rise,
4 November 2016 | by TouchTheGarlicProductionSee all my reviews

With Elizabeth now Queen, the show starts to dive into what I can only assume will remain a large focus going forward; the politics of her power, particularly her relationship with Churchill. In this episode she is the protagonist more than ever, as we see through her eyes what it is like to become Queen. The viewer feels the sudden pressure and responsibility thrust upon her. The episode really serves as a fish-out-of-water story about Elizabeth adjusting to being Queen. At first she is completely out of her depth, but by the end of the episode she shows she has learned some manner of control. However, we also see the sacrifices she must make. I really must congratulate this episode for flowing together with the other episodes while still having a complete self-contained character arc of its own.

I know that I have commented on the show's cinematography before, but this episode took it to a whole new level. The shots of the boat that Edward arrives on were particularly memorable for their gorgeousness. Edward's re-emergence for his brother's funeral is the other main conflict of the episode. He is hated by many of the characters due to his previous actions and his questionable motives for them and his current ones. The actor does a good job of keeping you guessing whether or not he is as sleazy as some think he is.

This episode is in my opinion the best one yet. It is a great broth of various conflicts all simmering to a boil. I hope the rest is like this.

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