The Crown (2016– )
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Smoke and Mirrors 

Elizabeth rejects protocol by appointing Phillip to coordinate her coronation, but his ideas create conflict. The Duke of Windsor returns to London.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother
King George VI
Queen Mary
Clemmie Churchill
Winston Churchill
Anthony Eden
Prince Charles
Verity Russell ...
Young Princess Elizabeth
Lord Salisbury
Jock Colville


In 1953, Elizabeth recalls her father's words to her, prior to his own coronation, as she prepares for her own. Edward turns up for the occasion, but declines to attend when his wife is refused admission. After Mary dies and her funeral is in the traditional old style, Philip, feeling side-lined by his wife, decides to organize a down-sized coronation, more acceptable to a country still hit by rationing, and broadcast it live on television. The Establishment is shocked, but the occasion is a success. Written by don @ minifie-1

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4 November 2016 (USA)  »

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The bagpipe tune played at the end by the ex-king is Flowers of the Forest, a song always played in mourning. See more »


Duke of Windsor: My Lord, Archbishop, what a scold you are. And when your man is down, how very bold you are. Of Christian charity, how very scant you are, You Auld Lang Swine, how full of cant you are.
Archbishop of Canterbury: [protests]
Duke of Windsor: A rhyme composed for your perfidious predecessor at the time of my abdication. I find the sentiment oddly applicable to you, too.
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Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy
Composed by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
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Every minute was perfect
21 March 2018 | by See all my reviews

I'm often critical of historical dramas, and of "The Crown," because of how they sometimes heavyhandedly modify facts to create a good story. However, this episode was crafted perfectly. The music, the cinematography, the narrative was one of the more perfect episodes of any show I have seen.

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