Before her death on Thursday, commoners around the world may never have known the real Queen Elizabeth II, who reigned for 70 years.
But the Emmy-winning Netflix hit The Crown has given us some insight into the monarch played by Claire Foy, Olivia Colman and now Imelda Staunton. Still, the show takes quite a bit of creative license to take us inside the walls of Buckingham Palace and the history of the Queen’s reign.
In fact, series creator Peter Morgan has admitted He “made up” the scene, while a Palace source accused the show of “trolling on a Hollywood budget.”
Still, The Crown — which returns for season 5 in November — has enough respect for the Queen to have a plan in place when she dies: The series is shutting down Season 6 for at least a week, due in 2023.
Until the royal family returns to streaming glory in The Crown, we’ll break down how much of the Queen’s most memorable moments are fact and fiction.
Yes, the Queen did persuade her cousin not to stage a coup
In Season 3 of The Crown, Lord Mountbatten – the Queen’s second cousin and uncle of Prince Philip, affectionately known as “Uncle Dickie” – is plotted to oust Prime Minister Harold Wilson by a group of people found. Although the show has exaggerated the truth for dramatic effect, it is likely that the Queen’s drastic intervention with Mountbatten has already happened. “no [Baron] Solly Zuckerman persuaded Mountbatten not to stage a coup and make himself President of the United Kingdom,” historian Alex von Tunzelmann said in “Indian Summer: The Secret History of the End of an Empire,” citing sources at Buckingham Palace, who reportedly said: “It was the Queen herself. . “
No, the Queen did not dress Winston Churchill
The second season of “The Crown” featured a young queen who berates Prime Minister Churchill and Lord Salisbury for plotting to conceal the leader’s decline after a stroke in the summer of 1953. But when Churchill’s private secretary, “Jock Colville,” published his memoir in 1985, found that the Queen was not so ruthless. In fact, she is said to have written him a letter expressing her concern for the Prime Minister’s health ‘s concerns.
Yes, an intruder did surprise the queen in bed
In 1982, a British man named Michael Fagan entered the Queen’s Buckingham Palace bedroom, completely destroying Her Majesty’s security details. In an interview in 2012 with The Independent. “And then she spoke, shattering like the best glass you can imagine: ‘Wawrt what are you doing here?!’” But no, the rumours about the two joking in the bedroom – as the show’s fourth season goes on to say As portrayed – it’s unreal: “She walked past me and ran out of the room with her little bare feet running on the floor.”
No, the Queen did not confront Philip over his alleged infidelity.
Although there are gossip, there is no evidence that the monarch’s beloved Prince Philip – who died in April 2021, before the Queen – ever cheated on his wife, let alone she called him out for it. But their marriage wasn’t perfect — as season one of The Crown accurately portrayed it. During their royal tour of the Commonwealth in 1954, cameras captured the usually composed couple in a riot outside their Australian cottage. The Queen reportedly said: “I’m sorry for that little episode, but as you know, it happens in every marriage.
Yes, The Queen Has Secret Cousins In Asylum
The Queen and Princess Margaret are revealed in The Crown Season 4 Secret cousin hidden in a mental hospitalAt a time when disabled children brought stigma to families, these young girls who could not speak were sent to Royal Earlswood Psychiatry in Surrey by their parents – the Queen Mother’s brother and his wife – in 1941 hospital. To keep it all private, two cousins - Nelissa Bowes-Lyon and Catherine Bowes-Lyon – are listed as dead in the British Noble Guide, although they are still alive. But the Queen has never commented on the matter.
Yes, Jackie Kennedy did speak ill of the Queen
Oh no, she didn’t! When Jackie Kennedy talked about the Queen in “The Crown” season 2, audiences must have thought so. The buzz of these scandals came to an end at Buckingham Palace’s dinner with the Queen and Prince Philip for President Kennedy and the First Lady. In the episode, Her Majesty is served tea at dinner that Kennedy despised her, calling her “a middle-aged woman so uninquisitive, unintelligent and unremarkable that Britain’s new lower status in the world is not An accident, but an inevitability.” But while Kennedy’s dish was real, the Queen may not know until long after dinner has been digested.
Yes, the Queen publicly condemned Margaret Thatcher’s apartheid
Season 4 of The Crown revealed that there was no breakup between the Queen and Prime Minister Thatcher. Their ideological differences came to a head when Britain was the only Commonwealth country to fail to impose economic sanctions on South Africa against apartheid. The Queen is so opposed to Thatcher’s sweeping stance against imposing economic sanctions that she is considering cancelling one of their weekly meetings. Then the Sunday Times ran an article in which an anonymous palace source said the Queen was “disappointed” by the Iron Lady’s lack of sympathy.
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