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Pride & Joy 

Elizabeth and Phillip go on an exhausting world journey. Margaret takes over some of her sister's official duties and tries to liven things up.

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The queen and Philip embark on a six month Commonwealth tour which he dismisses as an absurd pantomime given that many of the countries desire independence, later accusing her of trying to live up to her father's image and persisting in his view that the itinerary is exhausting her. In her absence Margaret takes on many public appearances in the hopes that it will take her mind off Townsend but they still keep in touch. Furthermore she writes her own speeches, revelling in the publicity and hoping it will win popular support for herself and her lover. Churchill is disapproving and Elizabeth rebukes her on her return, accusing her of showing individuality, anathema to a royal's public image. Meanwhile the queen mother, dismayed at having to withdraw from the spotlight, buys the Castle of Mey in Scotland. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Drama | History

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During at least 2 scenes on the Commonwealth tour, Prince Phillip is missing an EIIR cypher off one of his shoulder boards on his Admiral of the Fleet tropical uniform. See more »

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Princess Margaret: I'll try not to upstage you.
Queen Elizabeth II: How kind.
Princess Margaret: I can't promise I won't bring my own character to it.
Queen Elizabeth II: Well, I never expected anything less.
Princess Margaret: That's the advantage of having a character to bring.
Queen Elizabeth II: Too much character, an excess of character.
Princess Margaret: Now, look at me and tell me you didn't say that without a little bit of envy.
Queen Elizabeth II: Just remember who you're standing in for when I'm gone.
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Margaret receives some much needed development.
8 November 2016 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

If I had to name the one weak link in the story so far, it would be Margaret. The writing and acting surrounding her and her romance with Peter have been adequate, but a little one- dimensional. Until now, her character has not measured up with the standard for subtlety and depth set by the other characters in my opinion. But in this episode, she gets a chance to shine. Elizabeth is out of the country on the commonwealth tour, meaning Margaret is left in charge. She immediately stirs up quite a lot of trouble when she tries to liven things up a bit, forcing her administration to intervene. It's fascinating to watch Margaret in this new position, suddenly interacting with characters whom the viewer is familiar with but she is not. Yet the episode does not just develop Margaret alone; it also takes leaps and bounds in revealing the relationship between her and her sister. The episode's final scene stands out as being particularly magnificent in this regard.

As a proud citizen of Canada, a (former?) member of the Commonwealth, it is fascinating to see the Commonwealth tour depicted in the episode. Not only do we get to see a historical recreation of the tour, but we also get a peek behind the scenes, into the inner workings of it.

One subplot in this episode that I think will be commonly overlooked is the Queen Mother buying a house in Scotland. It's a touching little story which highlights her character very well, though it is ultimately completely irrelevant to the episode's main plot.


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