The Crown (2016– )
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Pride & Joy 

Elizabeth and Phillip go on an exhausting world journey. Margaret takes over some of her sister's official duties and tries to liven things up.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother
Winston Churchill
Tommy Lascelles
Martin Charteris
Peter Townsend
Prince Charles
Jock Colville
Mike Parker
Lizzy McInnerny ...
Bobo Macdonald
Equerry (Buckingham Palace)
Michael Adeane
Anthony Edridge ...
Equerry (Clarence House) (as Antony Edridge)


The queen and Philip embark on a six month Commonwealth tour which he dismisses as an absurd pantomime given that many of the countries desire independence, later accusing her of trying to live up to her father's image and persisting in his view that the itinerary is exhausting her. In her absence Margaret takes on many public appearances in the hopes that it will take her mind off Townsend but they still keep in touch. Furthermore she writes her own speeches, revelling in the publicity and hoping it will win popular support for herself and her lover. Churchill is disapproving and Elizabeth rebukes her on her return, accusing her of showing individuality, anathema to a royal's public image. Meanwhile the queen mother, dismayed at having to withdraw from the spotlight, buys the Castle of Mey in Scotland. Written by don @ minifie-1

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The Duke of Edinburgh compares the upcoming Commonwealth tour in 1953 "like giving a lick of paint to a rusty old banger", but the earliest use of the term "old banger" came about in 1962. See more »


Queen Elizabeth II: I am aware that I am surrounded by people who feel that they could do the job better. Strong people with powerful characters, more natural leaders, perhaps better-suited to leading from the front, making a mark. But, for better or worse, the Crown has landed on my head.
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Margaret receives some much needed development.
8 November 2016 | by See all my reviews

If I had to name the one weak link in the story so far, it would be Margaret. The writing and acting surrounding her and her romance with Peter have been adequate, but a little one- dimensional. Until now, her character has not measured up with the standard for subtlety and depth set by the other characters in my opinion. But in this episode, she gets a chance to shine. Elizabeth is out of the country on the commonwealth tour, meaning Margaret is left in charge. She immediately stirs up quite a lot of trouble when she tries to liven things up a bit, forcing her administration to intervene. It's fascinating to watch Margaret in this new position, suddenly interacting with characters whom the viewer is familiar with but she is not. Yet the episode does not just develop Margaret alone; it also takes leaps and bounds in revealing the relationship between her and her sister. The episode's final scene stands out as being particularly magnificent in this regard.

As a proud citizen of Canada, a (former?) member of the Commonwealth, it is fascinating to see the Commonwealth tour depicted in the episode. Not only do we get to see a historical recreation of the tour, but we also get a peek behind the scenes, into the inner workings of it.

One subplot in this episode that I think will be commonly overlooked is the Queen Mother buying a house in Scotland. It's a touching little story which highlights her character very well, though it is ultimately completely irrelevant to the episode's main plot.

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