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The Crown Recap: Episode 10, Season 2 : Mystery Man

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Mystery Man

We’re sad that The Crown, season two, is coming to a close. As we discuss throughout this episode, we’re also a little sad that it had to end this way. We gave up trying to reconcile the timeline to reality, wondered why Prince Philip had to get wrapped up in the Profumo Affair and Susan tried to make Curtain Call Easter Eggs a thing. 

We give you trivia right out of the gate with surprising facts about Keds


Stephen Ward, Osteopath, (back when no one knew what osteopaths were) and a guy who likes connecting people which is not as innocent as it could be.



Elizabeth is pregnant (with Prince Edward) and we had a really hard time following the next 9 months (see:timeline issues.) But we did find some real Queen Elizabeth pregnant and with babies photos! 

If you would like to fall down a rabbit hole with Beckett, here is the American Society of Hematology.


Margaret is pregnant, too! Margaret is pregnant in the 1960s when no one knew that drinking could be bad for the baby. Also, Susan liked this ensemble, but Beckett was once again disappointed in Margaret’s outfit.

Is this the stand in for Kensington Palace? We think, “yes.”


Christine Keeler getting interrogated about her relationship with the Soviet spy and the British Minister of War, a mystery man in a photo that could be one of them or could be Prince Philip, and Stephen Ward, the man who introduced them all.


Beyond the Fringe, Dorothy Macmillan thought it was hysterical.


Dorothy Macmillan needs to step aside because we really must know about that painting behind her.


The Prime Minister only felt this way during his evening at the theater.


Stephen Ward (he’s not sleeping). He really did do sketches of Philip but he had been commissioned by a magazine, here is one of them.


Our most favorite shot in, maybe, the whole series (it’s way more impressive in motion.)


Macmillan making an entrance to confirm his resignation. (He’s fiiiine, the guy lives another 25 years.)


A confederacy of elected quitters…and a really strong brooch game.


Tony is too cool for furniture.


Philip hunts down Elizabeth who is hanging out with some out of season roses.


If someone runs across this candelabra, grab it for Susan? Thanks.


They fight, they make up and then they sit like this for too long.


Our final scene of season two and all these actors…this is sad, we’ll miss them.


Some parting links:

A history of pregnancy tests

Life got really rough for Christine Keeler (although not for John Profumo or Harold Macmillan), here is her obituary from the New York Times.

The Royal Jeweller website recaps this series by talking about the jewelry!

The final performance of Beyond the Fringe:


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The Crown Recap: Episode 9, Season 2 : Paterfamilias

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This is easily the most serious episode of the season, and it focused on male relationships; fathers and sons, uncles and nephews, school boys and more school boys with some father figures thrown in for good measure.

This episode compares and contrasts young Philip’s arrival at a rugged new school, Gordonstoun, to young Charles’ arrival at the same school many years later. It begins by establishing that Charles isn’t the most athletic of kids and that Philip wants to toughen his son up by attending his alma mater.

Charles spends a lot of time in the mud


Charles thinks he’s going to Eton, EVERYONE goes to Eton, it’s right down the street and he can wear lots of snazzy clothes there.


But no. He’s going to Gordonstoun and wearing this outfit–the same one his dad wore– like, exactly the same one.


Philip forgot that he, too, hated this outfit but, for some reason, he saved it for his son.


Philip’s drop-off day was with his favorite sister, Cecile, who hates flying.

Prince Charles’ drop-off day had more people than Philip’s. The real Charles on that day looks a lot happier than The Crown Charles.


Charles got the same room as Dad! The same bed! The same broken window! Ahh, Gordonstoun never changes (although people who actually went there said it was clean, nice and well kept.)


Yup, still broken.


Charles dealt with his rough entrance into Gordonstoun life by having Uncle Dickie come up for a picnic.


Philip dealt with his rough time at Gordonstoun mourning the tragic death of his sister and her family. This is so very sad…but this imagination scene was surreal and very well done.


She looks like Duckface, right? AKA Anthony Armstrong’s mum? It’s not, it’s an actress named Sophie Stone who should play Anna Chancellor’s sister in a movie! (Here Sophie plays Princess Alice, Philip’s mother.)


Philip attends the funeral of Cecile and her family…her husband was a Nazi officer.


But Charles has it pretty bad, too, when he fails an annual endurance race that his father excelled at.
Philip gave awards out… but that’s not too weird, to be standing under your own portrait, right?


Philip built a gate as therapy and as a metaphor for him rebuilding his life from nothing with a little help from his friends.


Charles ending the school year with some well intentioned but really bad parenting.

It was a very emotional episode and we, of course, compare and contrast what played out on the screen and what played out in reality.

Gordonstoun looks like a lovely place now, and it’s co-ed. Gordonstoun School…and if you’re school shopping for your lad (no lassies admitted, we’re afraid) we’ll just leave this right here…Eton College.

For more information about Princess Cecile, her family and their horrific deaths, you could start with this blog post on History of Royal Women and more about all of his sisters in this Express piece.

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The Crown Recap : Episode 8, Season 2 : Dear Mrs. Kennedy

Posted 17 February 2018 by
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Dear Mrs. Kennedy

This episode focuses on the (fictionalized) relationship between Queen Elizabeth and Jacqueline Kennedy. In real life the two did meet, the royals had the Americans over for dinner and they did formally hang-out one more time before the assassination of President Kennedy. Did Jackie inspire Elizabeth to make a bold move with Kwame Nkrumah, the president of Ghana? Did Jackie use Elizabeth as a Gal Pal Confessional? Was the Kennedy marriage really the abusive and drug filled union that was depicted in this episode? Did we get dizzy with this huge leap in time from 1961 to 1963 within the episode?

We go over all of that. We’ve been waiting for this convergence of our worlds!

This episode takes us from the palace in Ghana…

Little known fact, these are Gray Crowned Cranes, the national bird of Uganda. 


…to a wet rainy field in England. Ghana’s weather looks a lot nicer.

Elizabeth feeling old and useless and getting over that is a running theme in this episode.


We see a few moments of the Queen Mum…

Heavenly Mac n’ Cheese—fork tines down. Also, note the glass of pink on end table.


…and worry about what to wear to a very important formal, but informal, dinner. See the blue dress? Strapless.

It never looks like it does on the model.


Forget your constitutional crisis, Elizabeth is having a fashion crisis (while Philip nags and schemes for a seat next to Mrs. Kennedy.)

Straps added! It’s okay, Elizabeth, sometimes we’re just a little puffy.


We chat about the casting of Jodi Balfour as Jackie and Michael C. Hall as JFK (big surprise, we disagreed) but we agreed about the dress and hair that don’t really resemble what Jackie really looked like that night.

Would Jackie REALLY sit on the arm of a sofa in someone else’s house? Also…pretty dress but the very different one Real Life Jackie wore was also lovely.


Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip host a dinner for President and Mrs. Kennedy. U. S. Department of State photograph in the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, Boston.



Did they not get the protocol sheet?! Look away Martin, look away.


We’re big, super big, Porchey and now, Patrick fans. Here’s more about Patrick Plunket, the 7th Baron Plunket.

We could not love Porchey and Patrick any more than we do. As far as we can see, they are Elizbeth’s only true friends.



President Nkrumah and the Queen are daaahhhnsing!



When Jackie comes to Windsor Castle to apologize to Elizabeth, the Queen pulls out all the men with weapons.


And she also brought out all the pomp of a proper British tea.

That poor scone didn’t stand a chance.


It wasn’t until the last frame that we understood the title. Well done.

If you’re hankering for a little bit more Jackie Kennedy (a lot, this is only part one) we’re covering her on our The History Chicks bios, episode 101

A little bit more about Elveden Hall where the Ghana scenes were filmed in this blog post and from the estate’s own website, Elveden.

An article about the bells at Westminster Abbey

Want to do your own damage to a scone? Here’s a recipe for Clotted Cream:

Elizabeth and Jackie may not have been besties, but they did stay in contact, like in 1965 when the Queen invited the Jackie and the kids to a dedication of a memorial for JFK.


The Africa (and other continent) quiz. Beckett didn’t do so great the first time, but kept at it and eventually learned them all. FIND THE COUNTRIES IN AFRICA

“Be careful! It’s a rental!” Here’s more about the rental market of TVs in Great Britian in 1960.

We all might want to brush up on the proper procedures for meeting the Queen, Mental Floss

Interactive Buckingham Palace Expedition!


Windsor Castle tour!

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The Crown Recap : Episode 7, Season 2 : Matrimonium

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Princess Margaret is going to the chapel and she’s gonna get maaaaried…except this is Margaret and she can’t do things the easy way, can she?   

She cannot. Which is great for us because it makes such good TV! When she finds out that original, one-true-love Peter Townsend, is getting hitched, she wants to beat him with a marriage announcement of her own. She finds a willing Alter-Partner (who has his some less than admirable reasons for wanting to marry her) but her sister’s reproductive properties leave Margaret flat on her face long before the finish line. (Spoiler alert, in real life he beat her to marriage by over a year but we don’t get too hung up on timelines over here.)

Here’s some background music from this episode. This site has ALL the episodes’ music curated quite nicely: TuneFind.


After that greeting, you really shouldn’t be shocked at the contents, Honey.


When one is heartbroken, one must make a desperate move. She could have just got her hair cut, but no.


Gazelli Art House is a real place and that view is pretty accurate (for the time.) Wedding planning? This place is pretty historic, Gretna Green, Scotland.


Duckface! How have you been? ( Answer: Busy acting. The wonderful actress that is so great at making us hate her characters is Anna Chancellor, here’s her IMDB page.) Want to hear what one of her other sons had to say about life with Lady Rosse as a mum? Plus there’s lots of pictures.  The 7th Earl of Rosse Speaks


We keep it PG around here so this is the only way we’ll show Jacqui Chan and Tony. Here is her IMDB page (she’s still alive as of 1/26/18.)


…and the only way we’ll show the Frys.


Why Margaret had to wait to announce her wedding? Her sister had to “pull a pint” first.



The Queen Mum has no problem embracing the modern age! Come on Elizabeth and Phillip, what’s your problem?

She does look happy…but why? We discuss that a lot (but could it be the Poltimore tiara?)

We talked about Twilight Sleep (Cafe Mom article for more) and came up with several reasons why this (spoiler alert) ill fated marriage may have happened. Here’s one version from the Daily Mail.

Finally, this is so brilliant and the video so great at showing how it works we’ll give them a little free advertising here.





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The Crown Recap : Episode 6, Season 2 : Vergangenheit

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Episode 6, Vergangenheit

The past. That’s what vergangenheit means in German and this episode goes waaay back to right at the end of World War II when Nazis were making deals with the allied forces, trading information for their lives. This episode focuses on a specific file, the Windsor File, that was part of 400 tons of documents and evidence that made up the Marburg Files. The damning Windsor file? It is full of German documents (written by Germans) that detail the former King, Edward VIII’s involvement with Nazis.

The big question we all have to answer for ourselves: was this true information or propaganda and just how much was the former king wrapped up in the Nazi party? (Oh, you want us to answer that? We can’t. Historians differ on the answer.)

The question that the Queen must decide: how will the past affect her family’s future and will that future include forgiveness?

We strongly recommend you give a listen to our coverage of the life of Wallis Simpson as background to this episode, it just might give you a perspective that changes everything you thought you knew after seeing Vergangenheit. The History Chicks episodes 93 and 94.

This episode is all about the Duke of Windsor and his wife, Wallis Simpson–those Wacky Windsors (here at Trooper the Pug’s birthday.)


Their life in exile isn’t all costume parties and cards, David (we call the Duke David because we know him so well) needs porpoise…er, purpose.


Nazis, Wacky Exiled Windsors and Billy Graham, who seems very one of these things is not like the other, but it makes sense:  Elizabeth is the head of the Church of England and should, in all matters, look up for guidance (insert Billy Graham being tall joke here.).

Let’s take a moment to appreciate some accessories: Wallis’ fabulous necklace…

…the Diver Man at the Enchantment Under the Sea dance…



…Fruity’s drab little house bought with his much younger wife’s money…


…Elizabeth’s excellent posture…


…and the Queen Mum’s bold fashion statement for church.


And let’s also take a what the hell is on her head? moment

Back to our story… the whole episode deals with the truth: What is it? Who decides what version is true? And what kind of consequences and forgiveness are a result of that truth?

And Nazis…it’s about Nazis.

David on his ill fated, Don’t Call it a State Visit *wink* to Hitler’s Germany. 


The REAL David and Wallis with the very real Adolf Hitler.



In the end David is not allowed back in to England and sent back to his dull, non-purpose driven life. And cards. (And kings, yes, we get it.)


We strongly recommend you give a listen to our coverage of the life of Wallis Simpson as background to this episode, it just might give you a perspective that changes everything you thought you knew after seeing Vergangenheit. The History Chicks episodes 93 and 94.


For more information on the Marburg and Windsor files you might want to start the at the US Office of the Historian

this about the Duke of Windsor and this one in Newsweek, that has a lot of photos and comparisons to The Crown. The movie The King’s Speech addressed the Duke of Windsor and his Nazi connection from King George VI’s view, and this piece has a look into that.

A book that both of us found interesting and added another layer of intel when we were researching Wallis was 17 Carnations by Andrew Morton.

This article from the New York Times talks about the preservation of Villa Windsor in Paris. Speaking of the Duke, his letters to one of his team of plotters (who also was a newspaper owner), Lord Beaverbrook, gives a little insight into his actual thought process during his exile.

Billy Graham played a pivotal role in this episode, this is him closing out his multi-month Crusade of Great Britain at Wembley Stadium.

Historian Margaret Lambert had a very small role in this episode, but in real life she was a pretty big deal. Here is her obituary in The Independent.

Link to Whaddon Hall Gate House on the market  ( we think this would make a wonderful History Chicks Clubhouse) and a flat in Waddon hall that’s no longer available but who doesn’t like a little real estate peek?

Want to see how the odds on who is making Meghan Markel’s wedding dress? Yeah, you do… Paddy Power.

Before WWII a lot of people thought that Hitler fellow might be a positive influence Europe. The Queen Mum, her young daughters and goofy Uncle David were playing around in the back yard and were influenced by him.

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The Crown Recap : Episode 5, Season 2 : Marionettes

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Queen Elizabeth and her queenly crowd are going to get dragged into the modern age whether they like it or not. (They don’t.) The dragger in this episode is journalist and editor of the National and English Review, Lord Altrincham. After Her Majesty delivers an insensitive speech with an outdated perspective, Altrincham publishes an article giving examples of EXACTLY how she is living in the past and ways for her to high tail it to the present before she becomes irrelevant and the monarchy dies off.

Yes, like that Elizabeth. Dead. (Metaphorically, of course.)

But he does it out of love. No, really. He WANTS her to improve her image and spends most of the episode convincing her.

Lord Altrincham is victim of a bait and switch.

Of course this rolling-with-the-times theme runs the course of this show, but in this case we get it told by one-off “normal people” characters that really did have an impact on the image of the monarchy.

The real Lord Altrincham


Phillip Burbridge, the guy who smacked Altrincham, really did have several medals, here’s his record. National Archives


This music would be great to play whenever you do anything wonderful, or simply bring another tuna casserole to the table for dinner. “Alexa, Play Zadok the Priest” (It’s the official coronation music)

Along the way we follow Elizabeth as she gets a new, birth control ‘do…

Take that Phillip, she keeps the hair forevermore!

…as she gives that horrendous speech at the Jaguar factory…

It’s a floating Queen head!

…to her not-normal-people castle…

Balmoral on the left, Not-Balmoral- Ardverkie Estate– on the right. Close enough.


… and mucking through in the fields.

In her happy place

We also get to see her making history with her first televised Christmas speech that was one of Lord Altrincham’s suggestions!

HBH dress. Beckett’s least favorite and Susan’s favorite garment


Beckett had to look hard to find a favorite outfit


Speaking of least favorites, here’s the Brain Hat


Always a Best Dressed…and only in one short, very funny scene. We love you Margaret!


Dressing the Queen Mum must be so fun! Gloriously Ugly!

You can read the whole of Pilgrim’s Promise online at Project Gutenberg, learn the history of the underground in London and why we didn’t venture into the land of Bagpipe regalia.

To see Altricham’s Impact with Robin Day interview, you have to click on over to Getty Images, but here is Queen Elizabeth meeting Marilyn Monroe.


History of the underground in london


A man and his hounds

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The Crown Recap : Episode 4, Season 2: Beryl

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“Beryl” (It rhymes with “peril.”)

This episode was a delightful Margaret-a-thon! She goes from sad and lonely to the pit of despair and back up to the hopeful elation of a new relationship. We do get a peek at Elizabeth and Phillip celebrating their 10th wedding anniversary and Prime Minister and Mrs. Macmillian’s…unusual marriage, too, but really? It’s all about Margaret.



There is a secondary storyline about the Macmillans’ relationship status: it’s complicated

Surprisingly, we disagreed on her wardrobe, but agreed that the music was amazing and set the tone as Margaret is miserable at a wedding:

It is a bit wrinkly


When Margaret bottomed out after her engagement was called off:

Lovely dress (especially when it moves) but the end of an engagement.



And as Margaret got her groove back!

Nope, he’s not. Well… that’s a discussion for another day.



Margaret was smart to get out of a yoking with ol’ Billy Wallace!

Yes, at duel is a time honored,gentlemanly way to settle a dispute, uh huh, tell us more Billy about how brave you were. (He was totally dragged out of someplace where he had been naked.)


The song that should have been playing but it would be over 50 years before it was written so….


We got to play a couple rounds of Identify the Tiara, but if you want to play at home, here is another place where you can keep up with the jewels of Queen Elizabeth II, From Her Majesty’s Jewel Vault and how does one wear a tiara? What are the rules? Royal Splendor: Tiara Rules

And we picked our most and least favorite outfits.

Beckett (eventually) picked a favorite outfit ( more like she picked a least not-favorite)


Susan loved this one


Beckett’s most least favorite outfit, it does look like a bathrobe.


Susan’s least favorite (the tiara is pretty, though)


Horrendous dress in its very own special category: ET Ugly

Beckett did, at one time, wear a strapless dress. Once. (With Mr. Graham)

“The” Portrait. The Crown’s version of Princess Margaret’s racy birthday portrait is the subject of much debate. Was it an attempt to recreate the actual portrait that Anthony Armstrong-Jones took of her for her 29th birthday or was it a recreation of one he took years later? Here is an article that lays out all the images for you to decide, and here is just the 1969 portrait. What it definitely is not is Cecil Beaton’s Fairytale Princess portrait, that one they did pretty well copying (adding the Cartier Halo Tiara.) 

We talked about more of Tony’s work through the many years that he photographed the Royal Family (including ones pre-dating the “meeting” shown in this episode.) There are spoilers about his life here (he photographed them for many years including photos of Charles and Diana) but it’s a nice collection of his work (no strippers, though.) Daily Mail Online Snowden Photography

The art video Beckett was talking about:

In Westminster Abbey by John Betjeman can be found here at All Poetry.

Want to track the very long history of the word “queer”? Dazed Digital

Maybe you want to fall down a history of the space age? NASA has a place for you to start.

When Margaret got to define her own brand with her birthday portrait, the reactions were mixed:

The Queen was not amused

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The Crown Recap : Episode 3, Season 2: Lisbon

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Episode 3: Lisbon

Things are getting good on The Crown: All those questionably proper moves of Anthony Eden and the fellows on Phillip and Mike’s Excellent Adventure are resulting in payback time. There are consequences, Gents! Plus, our heroine, Queen Elizabeth, is starting to show her tougher and smarter side even though *cough*men are still trying to water situations down and play her.

Phillip doesn’t like wearing hats, but he’s okay with this one?


Things We Promised You During the Episode


The real video from the guys’ Antarctic adventure with penguins at the end and Mike Parker’s real news of the time (and the reality of Phillip’s beard):

More background on the conscript soldiers during the Suez Crisis, and why those young men at the train station may have been so very upset at Anthony Eden.

Prince Phillip is actually a painter, here is an article about the “I’ll paint you painting and you paint me painting” session that he had with Edward Seago.

Quite possibly the only time we’ve ever linked up to a Wikipedia article anywhere on this site, but this one has a nice graphic about coronets. Here is our favorite site for all things royal jewels (this link will take you to all of Queen Elizabeth’s tiaras.) Beckett was right, she was wearing the Queen Alexandra’s Kokoshnik tiara and here is more info on that one specifically at The Royal Jeweller.

Beckett was right.


Bonus tiara points for naming these two beauties (their tiaras, not the women, we all know who they are.)


The real royal reunion, smiley faces, flirty eyes and lots of hoopla.

The BBC show that Beckett was talking about where a family eats meals from different eras is BBC’s Back in Time for Dinner, the entire show isn’t on YouTube right now (at least here in the US), but you might be able to find it someplace else…like on television. Here is a preview:


Side-by-side comparison of actual footage and show footage from Season Two. *****CONTAINS SPOILERS FOR SEASON TWO*****



Our Best and Worst Dressed episode winners are…

Susan was a fan of this coat (It’s the Marvelous Mrs. Maisel coat–see Amazon Streaming.)


Beckett (unenthusiastically) chose this as her favorite


We both agree that this is a no.


Eileen! What were you thinking? (Beckett’s least favorite)


Yeah, yeah, royal garb, whatever…it’s a runner up for least favorite for Susan

Thanks for joining us this week, we’ll be back with episode 4:Beryl next week. If you liked what you heard, please tell a friend and follow us on Facebook or Twitter!

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The Crown Recap : Episode 2, Season 2 : A Company of Men

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A Company of Men

Written by Peter Morgan

This episode takes place during Phillip’s five month long, 1956 time out  Goodwill Tour that includes the opening of the 1956 Olympics in Australia. Not unrelated to that tour, Eileen Parker DIYs the investigation into her husband, Mike’s, affairs so she can get a divorce and just because he’s a hot mess at this point in time, Anthony Eden deals with his pharmaceutical demons.

As the title screams, there are a lot of men in this episode:

-All those Navy guys on-board the Britannia

-Phillip and his wingman/personal secretary/BFF Mike Parker

-Prime Minister Anthony Eden and his job-affecting addictions and eagerness to run away while other men clean-up the mess from his Suez Canal blunder

This is the REAL Anthony Eden. Wikicommons

-The threesome of Eileen Parker’s divorce attorney and two of the Queen’s personal secretaries- Michael Adeane and Martin Charteris-who try to keep that divorce as far away from the Royal family as possible.

-Bonus men: Dickie Mountbatten and a fisherman whose story arc lets Phillip realize that there’s no place like home.

But the women have power in this episode:

-A new character, Cake Waitress, has the power help another woman out of  a rotten situation, keep her own job and stick it to the tush-smackers. 

This is a lovely dress on Cake Waitress (Lily! Her name is Lily!)


-Eileen Parker has the power to take control of her own damn life despite the “put on something pretty” advice from her loose-lipped lawyer (solicitor…but we’re American so…)


-Helen King, an Australian reporter who has a different definition of “interview” than the Duke does, has the power to make him relive a past he wanted to keep buried.


Phillip’s childhood was far from a cushy, royal upbringing.

-The Queen who has the power to see right through her PMs’s cut-and-run plan, and to create a platform that allowed her and Phillip to communicate even though he was on the underside of world.

Margaret and the Queen Mum have the power to make mulled wine appear. We would like that power. Very much.

Instead we’ll just give you this recipe for Mulled Wine from Ina Garten to make your own like all of us common folk must.

Of course, we’re all about the actual history:

The 1956 Olympic opening ceremonies in Melbourne:


The history of women journalists in Australia. Helen King (as far as we can tell) was a fictional character, but based in reality.

The real Christmas Message 1956 is a little off from the one we heard in this episode, but pretty close.

We can’t embed it, but here’s a link to the video of ANTHONY EDEN AND LADY EDEN LEAVING FOR HIS “REST”–watch her face for the highest level of entertainment.

You can visit the Britannia! If you do and reenact any scenes from The Crown, get us photo or video evidence and we’ll…we don’t know but it will be cool. For more about the ship that flies the flags of two countries, USS Winston S. Churchill 

There is more on Phillip’s story later this season, but if you want to spoil that a bit, here’s some reading to get you started: Phillip’s very sad and tragic youth

She walked SIX FEET and took her bag…what is in that thing!?

What is in the Queen’s handbag? Here are some items spotted by really nosey observant people.

We didn’t mention this, but we will direct you in future episodes—this site, Tom and Lorenzo, recap the CLOTHES of each episode. They did it last season as well, and it’s brilliant.

We’ll leave you staring at the sea with Phillip although you’re probably not dressed in such a dashing sweater.

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The Crown Recap : Episode 1, Season 2: Misadventure

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We start out our brand new show, The Recappery, with coverage of the Netflix series, The Crown, season two!


We were both so very excited for the season to start that we got up at 2:00 A.M. to watch the first episode as soon as it dropped.



Written by Peter Morgan

(spoiler alert: they are ALL written by Peter Morgan. He’s the show creator, producer, and writer.)

We give a brief recap of season one, to refresh all of our minds, before we talk scene-by-scene and fill in all the historical bits. For most of this episode Elizabeth is dealing with two crisis: Phillip is off on a five month time-out  goodwill tour that will take him to Australia, Lisbon, the South Pacific and Antarctica; Anthony Eden, the new Prime Minister, is handling a situation in Egypt where a new President has taken control of the Suez Canal from Great Britain and France.

Both of these stories started at the end of season one and even before the opening credits we know that things aren’t going to play out smoothly for Phillip, and we know from history that the Suez Canal Crisis isn’t going to work out well for Eden. Nope. Not at all. So we’ll get to watch that train wreck over the next few episodes.

Speaking of train wrecks, Elizabeth’s younger sister Margaret has let the chip she got on her shoulder last season ferment into a deeply entertaining bitter streak. She’s in her Party Years and she’s doing them very well, much to Elizabeth’s dismay. But the Queen’s life isn’t without personal drama when she finds good reason to suspect that Phillip is cheating on her with a famous ballerina.

Phillip is leaving on a jet plane…the green so-long, dry-peck on the cheek suit.

As far as historical accuracy goes, we point out the tiny oopses (and the examples of narrative economy), give you some background on the things that actually did occur…and Beckett plays Identify the Crown very well.

Official Poster…and, oh hey, that’s the dress from the ballet and it sure does look greenish-blue.

We’re going to be recapping an episode a week (yes, we know, you watched the whole season in  a 10 hour marathon) but to keep you busy here are the links that we talked about for even MORE background intel.

The Court Jeweller covered the jewels of season one, and we can only hope they do that again because they know their jewels over there, but here is a post about all of Elizabeth’s tiaras

12 Juicy Bits from Prince Phillips biography

Details of the Suez Crisis and President Nasser

What is the deal with British Orders and sashes? 

Paaartaay Princesss…Some of the antics of Princess Margaret

The real Anthony Eden meeting the real President Nasser:


While there is ZERO evidence that an affair happened in real life (with anyone, those Windsor-Mountbatten’s are quite skilled at keeping that kind of thing invisible) here is the beautiful ballerina, Galina Ulanova dancing Swan Lake.