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Paterfamilias 

Philip insist that Prince Charles attend his alma mater in Scotland and reminisces about the life-changing difficulties he experienced there.

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Queen Elizabeth II
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Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh
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Young Prince Philip
Julian Baring ...
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Kurt Hahn (as Burghart Klaussner)
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Princess Cecile
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Lord Mountbatten
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Grand Duke Georg Donatus (as August Wittengenstein)
Guy Williams ...
Prince Andrea
Sophie Leigh Stone ...
Princess Alice (as Sophie Stone)
Eliza Sodró ...
Princess Sophie
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Iain Tennant (as Lewis MacLeod)
Michael Fenton Stevens ...
Peter Beck
Ollie Pitman ...
Simon Harper
Kit Redding ...
Young Jim Orr
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Philip insist that Prince Charles attend his alma mater in Scotland and reminisces about the life-changing difficulties he experienced there.

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"Paterfamilias" is Latin for "the male head of a household." The title of the episode may refer to Charles learning to stand up for himself to prepare for manhood as the heir apparent or Philip's asserting of his authority over the children's education in spite of Elizabeth's wishes, but most likely both. See more »

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When Charles arrives at Gordonstoun, a pupil addresses him as Your Royal Highness, but is told to call him Charles. Schoolboys at that time were never addressed by their first names either by their teachers (who addressed them by their surnames) or their schoolfellows (who addressed them by their surnames or their nicknames). First names were entirely absent in boys' schools at that time, and many schoolboys would not even have known their friends' first names. Charles would have been referred to by both staff and pupils as Windsor. See more »

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A tough topic, handled well.
12 December 2017 | by See all my reviews

In this episode, Phillip sends his son Charles to the same boarding school he attended as a child. Charles' experience is horrible, and it would be easy to hate Phillip for it, but the episode does a good job of also showing things from his perspective so that we are not sure how to feel. Only at the very end does the episode appear to pick a side, and it's one I agree with.

Up to this point, the royal children have been little more than props, with no distinguishing traits and very few appearances. Given the span of time this series is set to cover, they're going to have to start treating them as characters eventually. I was expecting this to be the episode in which that happens, but it isn't really. We do learn a little bit about Charles, but the episode's primary focus is on Phillip.

Over half of the episode consists of flashbacks to Phillip's time at the boarding school. The actor who plays Young Phillip is fantastic, and his character arc is very emotional, but I would have preferred to have spent a little less time in the past and a little more time in present day developing Charles.

In conclusion, his episode tackles a tough topic (boarding schools) with pathos for all involved and a very emotional but perhaps overly dominant flashback plot.


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