The Crown (2016– )
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Philip insists that Prince Charles attend his alma mater in Scotland and reminisces about the life-changing difficulties he experienced there.


Stephen Daldry


Peter Morgan (created by), Tom Edge | 2 more credits »


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Claire Foy ... Queen Elizabeth II
Matt Smith ... Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh
Finn Elliot ... Young Prince Philip
Julian Baring Julian Baring ... Prince Charles
Burghart Klaußner ... Kurt Hahn (as Burghart Klaussner)
Leonie Benesch ... Princess Cecile
Greg Wise ... Lord Mountbatten
August Wittgenstein ... Grand Duke Georg Donatus (as August Wittengenstein)
Guy Williams Guy Williams ... Prince Andrea
Sophie Leigh Stone Sophie Leigh Stone ... Princess Alice (as Sophie Stone)
Eliza Sodró Eliza Sodró ... Princess Sophie
Lewis Macleod ... Iain Tennant (as Lewis MacLeod)
Michael Fenton Stevens Michael Fenton Stevens ... Peter Beck
Ollie Pitman Ollie Pitman ... Simon Harper
Kit Redding Kit Redding ... Young Jim Orr


Philip insists that Prince Charles attend his alma mater in Scotland and reminisces about the life-changing difficulties he experienced there.

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Release Date:

8 December 2017 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.00 : 1
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Did You Know?


Stephen Daldry won the 2018 Emmy Award in the Outstanding Directing For A Drama Series category for The Crown: Paterfamilias (2017). See more »


When Charles arrives at Gordonstoun, a pupil addresses him as Your Royal Highness, but is told to call him Charles. Schoolboys at that time were never addressed by their first names either by their teachers (who addressed them by their surnames) or their schoolfellows (who addressed them by their surnames or their nicknames). First names were entirely absent in boys' schools at that time, and many schoolboys would not even have known their friends' first names. Charles would have been referred to by both staff and pupils as Windsor. See more »

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Sins of the Father
22 December 2017 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

This is a fascinating episode. Is this series an accurate portrayal of events. I have to admit to knowing little about Prince Philip. If we are to believe this, he managed, because of his family position, to escape a horror show. He ends up in Scotland at a harsh, "character-building," school. At first he is pompous and condescending. This just gets him beaten up and hated. But a family tragedy causes him to face the realities of the world. When he goes home for the funerals of many of his family, he is despised, as he walks down the streets of a Nazi infested world. Our other focus is the young Charles who is small and weak. He has been bullied at his previous school and Elizabeth wants him to go to Eton. But Philip insists on his attending his school because he knows Charles's propensities and thinks the harsh environment will make a man out of him. The results are very interesting.

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