The Crown (2016– )
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Smoke and Mirrors 

Elizabeth rejects protocol by appointing Phillip to coordinate her coronation, but his ideas create conflict. The Duke of Windsor returns to London.

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In 1953 Elizabeth recalls her father's words to her prior to his own coronation as she prepares for her own. Edward turns up for the occasion but declines to attend when his wife is refused admission. After Mary dies and her funeral is in the traditional old style Philip, feeling side-lined by his wife, decides to organize a down-sized coronation more acceptable to a country still hit by rationing and broadcast live on television. The Establishment is shocked but the occasion is a success. Written by don @ minifie-1

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The bagpipe tune played at the end by the ex-king is Flowers of the Forest, a song always played in mourning. See more »

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Tommy Lascelles: [about the Duke's wife] It is my duty to inform you on behalf of the Royal Family and the government, with whom we have worked in close consultation, that she will not be offered an invitation.
Duke of Windsor: Oh, that's madness. The pusillanimity and vindictiveness knows no limits.
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A gorgeous recreation of history and some great development for Philip.
6 November 2016 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

This episode contains the long-awaited coronation scene, and it is clear that a huge portion of the budget was spent on this. The result is gorgeous. I want to watch it side by side with footage of the real thing, to see just how accurate it is. The coronation isn't the only scene this episode that takes place in Westminster Abbey, either. The location is taken full advantage of in this episode.

Most of the episode focuses on the preparation for and planning of the coronation. Elizabeth places Philip in charge of planning the coronation. He generates a lot of conflict when he proposes a number of unconventional ideas, prompting a number of scenes which examine the purpose of a monarchy in a very interesting way.

Philip also receives quite a bit of character development in this episode, as his motivations are made clear and his increasing sense of emasculation is shown. Matt Smith is quite good in the role. I was skeptical when I heard he had been cast; I enjoyed him in Doctor Who, but he did not do a whole lot to make me confident in his acting abilities. But in this episode, he does very well.

Overall, this is a marvellous episode of the crown. It contains many great scenes, but will be remembered mostly for its pitch perfect recreation of the coronation.


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