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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?


Rudolf Hess, one of the Nazis featured in the episode, was one of Adolf Hitler's most devoted men. He was so fanatically dedicated to Hitler that he personally wrote down Hitler's book "Mein Kampf" as it was dictated to him while both were imprisoned at Landsberg prison. 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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Happy Birthday to You
Written by Mildred J. Hill and Patty S. Hill
Performed by Alex Jennings and Lia Williams
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The return of a great character, and a glimpse into his dark past.
9 December 2017 | by TouchTheGarlicProductionSee all my reviews

For the first half of this episode, I thought that it was following two unrelated plots; the uncovering of damning documents from the Second World War and the return of David the exiled former king as he searches for work. However, midway through the episode it becomes clear that David is linked to the documents, and that their fallout will determine whether or not he is successful. As a result, what initially seemed like an episode of odds and ends actually dovetails neatly into a single conflict, and a powerful dilemma for Elizabeth.

David was one of the more interesting characters of the first season. Though he may not always be likable, he is certainly complex and fun to watch. He's had scenes of cowardice, disdain, wisdom, and warmth. In this episode, he continues to demonstrate many different sides, though by the end we are left with a resounding disgust for him and his actions that may well herald the end of his role on the show.

David was not the only returning character this episode, though he did play the largest role. In a flashback, we see both Winston Churchill and King George again. John Lithgow and Jared Harris are arguably the two greatest actors to have been on the show, so it was great to see them again (though I wish they had a more substantial role in the episode). And though Tommy Lascelles has been in this season, this episode gave him his first really big scene to chew on.

All in all, this is a fantastic dive into (and seeming sendoff for) a great, multi-layered character who will be remembered as one of the show's best.

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