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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. —don @ minifie-1
Even the Queen Gets the Blues
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.
- Nov 23, 2016
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