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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Did You Know?
Near the end of the episode, Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, asks his children if they'd like to play "Grandma's Footsteps." The Doctor Who monster species called the Weeping Angels are based on this game. Matt Smith, who plays Philip, also played the 11th Doctor for 3 seasons. See more
Elizabeth asks Philip to stop smoking, as she hated it. The real Elizabeth was not averse to smoking. She used to smoke herself, but only in private. 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.
Praise, My Soul, the King of Heaven
Lyrics by Henry F. Lyte
Music by John Goss and Henry T. Smart See more