I find the British Royal Family and the history of the British Monarchy to be fascinating. So The Crown was always going to be one of my favourite shows, but I’ve been pleasantly surprised at just how enjoyable the series has been at portraying fictionalised accounts of events thus far.
There has been a bit of a kerfuffle recently, especially with the introduction of Diana to the series, around ensuring viewers know The Crown is a work of fiction based on true stories. I know these are real people and most of the major events are real, but I generally watch it like I would any other show purely for entertainment value — with an entire shaker of salt.
Though, I can’t help but to root for the fictional Princess Anne because I adore her real life counterpart.
Please kindly be warned that there will certainly be spoilers forthcoming!
- I know this is just the recap but Queen Elizabeth is a badass
- Philip has gotten significantly less unlikeable as the series has progressed
- Okay, recap over, let’s do this
- Aw, horsey, get them good chin scritches from Her Maj
- Ugh, Charles
- The aunt/niece relationship between Anne and Margaret looks like it’s going to be fun
- I love it when Philip is shady and it’s not directed at Elizabeth
- Elizabeth and Philip feel more united as they’ve settled into their marriage
- In comes the Queen Mum to save the day for Dicky
- That cheeky curtsey from Sarah Spencer though
- Stand up straight, lad, you’re the Prince of Wales
- Yes, I know that’s how he really stands, but so does my point
- I love this introduction of Diana
- You literally just told Diana you wouldn’t tell Sarah you saw her
- Literally the first thing you do as soon as Sarah appears is to $%#&ing tell her you saw Diana
- Gods, he’s THE worst
- Oh, yeah, now defend her after you’ve thrown her under the double decker
- What a dick
- Did she just spray perfume on her face?
- I watched The Iron Lady but don’t remember much?
- So, I don’t really feel like I know a lot about Margaret Thatcher
- Except that Elton John wrote a song called Merry Christmas, Maggie Thatcher
- That’s the most direct way I’ve heard a politician sidestep questions
- Oh, Philip, you old misogynist
- You tell him, Elizabeth
- I love that the Queen wants to take bets on who is going to be in the cabinet
- And slays it
- I like the mutual respect between these two women so far
- I love it when we see the Queen just being Elizabeth with her horses
- That was a nice father daughter moment
- I’m going to get so angry at the Charles and Camila stuff this season, I can see it coming
- I don’t care how much you like someone, if you or they are married to someone else then you don’t go there
- Charles getting high and mighty about who committed worse adultery is gross
- What have you done now, Dicky?
- Who are these geezers, now?
- I don’t think I’m going to like what’s about to happen
- I really don’t think I’m going to like what’s about to happen
- They’re a very outdoorsy family
- I’m sure they eat all the things they hunt … right?
- I KNEW I WASN’T GOING TO LIKE WHAT WAS ABOUT TO HAPPEN
- I know the IRA is prevalent during this time but I was not emotionally prepared for a member of the family to get blown up in the first episode
- I did not expect Dicky’s letter to be quite so blunt and honest
- I seriously thought he would be apologetic
- I should have known better
- Did Thatcher just take off her earring to answer the phone?
- Those condolences turned into a campaign speech pretty quickly
- “Oh, it’s you” nothing like a tragedy to bring the family together
- Leaving 500 pages of instructions for my funeral is totally something I would do
- Philip, put down the brandy and leave Charles alone
- I mean, you’re not really helping his daddy issues here
- GO, ANNE!!!
- Who is tooting at the Prince of Wales?
- Who is yelling at the Prince of Wales in traffic?
- I’m not fan of Charles but surely road raging against a monarch is some form of treason?
- Having Call Me by Blondie playing when he calls her is a bit on the nose
- Now that is how you curtsey to a Prince
I think with this season of The Crown I am going to be especially grateful for the humorous and tender moments because if the first episode is this much of an emotional rollercoaster, I can’t see the impending marriage breakdown lighten the mood.