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A secret World War II document opens Elizabeth's eyes to grim realities about a family member. The Duke of Windsor campaigns to re-enter public life.


Philippa Lowthorpe


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Claire Foy ... Queen Elizabeth II
Matt Smith ... Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh
Victoria Hamilton ... Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother
Jared Harris ... King George VI
John Lithgow ... Winston Churchill
Anton Lesser ... Harold MacMillan
Alex Jennings ... David, Duke of Windsor
Will Keen ... Michael Adeane
Lia Williams ... Wallis, Duchess of Windsor
Pip Torrens ... Tommy Lascelles
Paul Sparks ... Reverend Billy Graham
James Hillier ... Equerry
Clive Francis ... Lord Salisbury
Bodo Friesecke ... Carl von Loesch
Mark Tandy ... Cecil Beaton


A secret World War II document opens Elizabeth's eyes to grim realities about a family member. The Duke of Windsor campaigns to re-enter public life.

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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?


Scenes in this episode between Victoria Hamilton and Jared Harris were actually filmed during production on season one as Jared Harris would no longer be available for filming in the second season. See more »


Sir Alan 'Tommy' Lascelles refers to Sir Edward Pakenham, but pronounces his name incorrectly as Pay-ken-ham; when in reality it is Pack-n-um, a mistake the real Lascelles would never have made; See more »


Queen Elizabeth II: I've had a chance to think about your request to serve your country. I was keen to help you and, weighing it all up... the amount of time that has passed and my affection for you, personally, all spoke in its favor.
David, Duke of Windsor: But?
Queen Elizabeth II: But, on balance... I think not. And I'm sure you don't need reminding that under the terms of the agreement reached after the abdication, you are permitted to return to the United Kingdom only at the pleasure and invitation of the sovereign.
David, Duke of Windsor: Yes?
Queen Elizabeth II: I find myself unable to grant ...
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Written by Mildred J. Hill and Patty S. Hill
Performed by Alex Jennings and Lia Williams
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Best episode yet... though all have been excellent
4 January 2018 | by TheReelMovieMavenSee all my reviews

I have a British cousin, who was the first to startle me by voicing his disgust for the monarchy, alluding to Nazi sympathizers among the royal family during WWII. I thought he was crackers (to use the British term for loony), but I then learned more about the Duke of Windsor's Nazi sympathies and his actions after his abdication. I found this episode to be the best (so far, in my viewing), not only neatly laying out how far the Duke's sympathies ranged, but also because of the splendid acting and storytelling arc. (My only quibble is that in one of the final scenes, while Elizabeth is watching Rev. Graham on TV, you can see that the TV is not connected by any electrical wiring on its table in the middle of a room.) The visual storytelling elements are subtle but highly effective, and the writing, as always, sparkling and powerful. Elizabeth has her greatest scene so far, as she confronts her uncle at the end.

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