In 1947 Prince Philip of Greece renounces his foreign titles to marry Princess Elizabeth, elder daughter of George VI. Her mother and Grandmother are less than complimentary about his family whilst the appearance of Shadow leader Winston Churchill at the lavish wedding sets his rivals whispering that it is a show of politics. Following a general election Churchill is prime minister once more - to the delight of the king, who confides in him that he has lung cancer, but urges him to keep it a secret and Christmas passes without the family being informed. However George asks Elizabeth to represent him on an upcoming Commonwealth tour, whilst Elizabeth is asked to keep another secret by her sister Margaret, who is in love with commoner Peter Townsend.
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For the operation scene director Stephen Daldry persuaded real transplant surgeons and nurses from Guy's Hospital, London, to act as their historic counterparts. One of them, Pankaj Chandak, a specialist registrar, stated that they soon got used to the period instruments, forgot the cameras and "it felt like a normal day in the operating theatre". He asked for one of the two prosthetic bodies to be donated to the Gordon Museum of Pathology at King's College, London, where it will be an educational prop. See more
Charles and Anne are shown in Malta while Philip was stationed there. In reality, the children were at home in the UK with their nanny. See more
It was a young lady named Sally / Who enjoyed the occasional dally / She sat on the lap / Of a well-endowed chap, / And cried: "Sir, you're right up my alley!"
King George VI
There was an old countess of Bray, / - And you may think it odd when I say - / That despite her high station, / Rank, and education, / She always spelled "cunt" with a K.
I Vow To Thee, My Country
Lyrics by Cecil Spring-Rice
Music by Gustav Holst See more