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Fact vs Fiction: Netflix’s drama ‘The Crown’

If you are like what seems to be the majority of my Twitter feed, you too binged watched Netflix’s most recent drama ‘The Crown’. Based on the life of Queen Elizabeth, the £100 million, 10 episode show is bringing in raving reviews.

For some, spotting the facts from the fiction is easy. However, for most who have not read every biography and studied the Royal Family in depth can’t spot where the show’s creator, Peter Morgan took some creative licensing. So let us sort out where ‘The Crown’ is true to history and what parts have been dramatised.

Fact- The photographers in Kenya did not take pictures of The Queen as she left, right after finding out about the death of her father.

Fact- The young Queen Elizabeth often wore two-strand pearl necklaces, which she can be seen putting on many times in the series.

Fiction- The trip to Scotland which the Queen Mother takes happened in 1952, not 1953.

Fiction- The unveiling of the statue of George VI was in 1955, not 1953.

Fact- Winston Churchill had his secretaries read him his papers through the door while he had a bath.

Fiction- Prince Philip is seen to put up a fuss about having to bend a knee to his wife at her coronation, this is completely unproven.

Fact- King George VI had an operation in Buckingham Palace under the chandeliers, not in a hospital.

Fiction- Philip is seen as a foreign outsider. In reality, he is a distant relative, and both his mother and grandmother were born at Windsor Castle.

Fact- The Queen refers to being a mechanic during the war while Philip and she are in Kenya. She is the only female member of the Royal Family to serve in the armed forces.

Fact- The Queen’s coronation was the first coronation to be aired on television.

Fact- The 6-month tour that Philip and took gained them international respect.

“You can never tell how it goes down,” said Morgan at a press conference for the show.

“I’m sure there are a lot of things the royal family prefer me not to write about. But when you give people the option to tell their version of their own life, you often end up with a bland, Photoshopped version of reality.”

So in all the show is very fact heavy, but do take everything with a grain of salt.

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