LONDON – “The Crown,” the Netflix drama about the life of Queen Elizabeth II, returns because of its second period on Dec. 8. It accumulates roughly where last period left off, the latest installment in a series that aims to track England’s longest reigning monarch up to the present day time. (Claire Foy, who presently celebrities as Elizabeth, will be replaced by the more mature Olivia Colman next period.)
The first season spanned the period from right before the loss of life of Elizabeth’s father, King George IV, through the early years of her own reign, portraying the challenges she faced both as queen and as a mother, wife and sister. As the dialogue is certainly fictional, the important events depicted were predicated on historical fact.
As a refresher, here’s an episode-by-episode overview of Period 1 of “The Crown,” and a glance at how a few of these events were covered in The New York Times.
Episode 1, ‘Wolferton Splash’
Princess Elizabeth is engaged to Lieut. Philip Mountbatten, the previous Prince Philip of Greece. King George IV gives Philip his royal name ahead of the matrimony to his daughter and heir to the throne, Elizabeth. The marriage is kept at Westminster Abbey, in great ceremony, and the Princess vows to “obey” her consort, to much controversy. The royal few have two kids, Charles and Anne. Winston Churchill is certainly elected prime minister for the next time. Upon learning her dad is to undergo lung surgery, Princess Elizabeth returns to London with her family members.