The Crown (2016– )
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A letter from Peter Townsend spurs Margaret to make a bold proposal. Elizabeth has good news that causes complications for Margaret.


Benjamin Caron


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Claire Foy ... Queen Elizabeth II
Matt Smith ... Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh
Vanessa Kirby ... Princess Margaret
Victoria Hamilton ... Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother
Matthew Goode ... Tony Armstrong-Jones
Anton Lesser ... Harold MacMillan
Will Keen ... Michael Adeane
Pip Torrens ... Tommy Lascelles
Ben Miles ... Peter Townsend
Anna Chancellor ... Lady Rosse
Alice Hewkin ... Jacqui Chan
Yolanda Kettle ... Camilla Fry
Ed Cooper Clarke Ed Cooper Clarke ... Jeremy Fry
Patrick Warner Patrick Warner ... Peter Cook
Catherine Bailey ... Elizabeth Cavendish


A letter from Peter Townsend spurs Margaret to make a bold proposal. Elizabeth has good news that causes complications for Margaret.

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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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Before and during the birth and racket ball match scene (around minute 45) we can hear the Mozart soprano and choir piece "Laudate Dominum," KV339. See more »


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Written by Max Richter and Antonio Vivaldi
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Margaret's plans get interrupted... again.
10 December 2017 | by TouchTheGarlicProductionSee all my reviews

This episode tracks Margaret's engagement to her photographer boyfriend, and the obstacles that lie in her way. In my opinion, it is definitely the weakest episode of the season so far. It lacks a driving conflict for the entire first half, and when it finally does develop one, it's so similar to Margaret's story in season one (which was frustrating and repetitive in its own right) that it is neither compelling nor interesting. The entire episode, I couldn't help but feel like I had seen it all before. However, the ending is quite different, which gives me hope that we won't have to see this same plot repeated again and will instead explore new stories and sides of Margaret.

For me, the most compelling part of the episode is the party scene in which Elizabeth is forced to interact with the photographer's friends. It's interesting and uncomfortable to see royalty forced to interact with disrespectful modern people, and I wish the episode had explored this dynamic even further. I also enjoyed the scenes between Elizabeth and Margaret, in spite of how repetitive they were, thanks to the fantastic performances from Claire Foy and Vanessa Kirby.

All in all, I found this episode to be a little too similar to previous episodes, but I am excited to see what happens next because of the way the ending finally breaks free from the loop Margaret has been on for quite some time.

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