The Crown (2016– )
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Smoke and Mirrors 

Elizabeth rejects protocol by appointing Phillip to coordinate her coronation, but his ideas create conflict. The Duke of Windsor returns to London.


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Claire Foy ... Queen Elizabeth II
Matt Smith ... Philip, Duke of Edinburgh
Victoria Hamilton ... Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother
Jared Harris ... King George VI
Vanessa Kirby ... Princess Margaret
Eileen Atkins ... Queen Mary
Alex Jennings ... David, Duke of Windsor
Harriet Walter ... Clemmie Churchill
John Lithgow ... Winston Churchill
Jeremy Northam ... Anthony Eden
Billy Jenkins ... Prince Charles
Verity Russell Verity Russell ... Young Princess Elizabeth
Clive Francis ... Lord Salisbury
Nicholas Rowe ... Jock Colville
Pip Torrens ... Tommy Lascelles


In 1953, Elizabeth recalls her father's words to her, prior to his own coronation, as she prepares for her own. Edward turns up for the occasion, but declines to attend when his wife is refused admission. After Mary dies and her funeral is in the traditional old style, Philip, feeling side-lined by his wife, decides to organize a down-sized coronation, more acceptable to a country still hit by rationing, and broadcast it live on television. The Establishment is shocked, but the occasion is a success. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Release Date:

4 November 2016 (USA) See more »

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Production Co:

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.00 : 1
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Did You Know?


Claire Foy (Queen Elizabeth II) & Eileen Atkins (Queen Mary) also worked together on Upstairs Downstairs (2010) as Lady Persephone Towyn & Maud, Lady Holland respectively. See more »


Duke of Windsor: My Lord, Archbishop, what a scold you are. / And when your man is down, how very bold you are. / Of Christian charity, how very scant you are, / You Auld Lang Swine, how full of cant you are.
Archbishop of Canterbury: [protests]
Duke of Windsor: A rhyme composed for your perfidious predecessor at the time of my abdication. I find the sentiment oddly applicable to you, too.
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Zadok the Priest
Composed by George Frideric Handel
[Coronation anthem]
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It's Time to Be Queen
28 November 2016 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

Once again, terrific. We are on the verge of Elizabeth's coronation. Prince Philip is trying to find his place. He is blocked at every turn because of tradition and pageantry. Elizabeth feels for him and gives him the chairmanship of the committee to plan the big event, with some caveats (like, don't do anything). He is trying to be a man's man while playing second fiddle to the queen. He isn't even called King. Anyway, this is a marvelous presentation of British self indulgence and cruelty. We also get another look at Edward and Wallace. He is forced through loyalty to his wife to sit out the coronation. He is treated cruelly and given no respect, even after seventeen years. We also have the fate of Queen Mary. Cinematography is breathtaking again with some amazing shots within Westminster Abbey. Excellent series.

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