The Crown: 5 times the series was historically accurate
- The first season of The Crown premiered in 2016
- Season 5 of The Crown is currently under production
- Here are few instances where the show was historically accurate
Since its premiere in 2016, The Crown has earned massive success and a huge fanbase. Mostly, because it portrays the British Royal Family. The show depicts the life of Queen Elizabeth II, her family, and chronicles the various historical events that took place during her regency which continues even today. Season 5 of The Crown is currently under production. Till then, let's have a look at the instances where the show was historically accurate.
In 1966, the little Welsh mining village of Aberfan suffered a horrific tragedy when a coal tip collapsed causing a massive landslide of coal waste and instantly killed hundreds of unsuspecting people, many of them schoolchildren. In the season 3 episode, "Aberfan", The Crown paid a fitting tribute to those who lost their lives on that tragic day and was accurate enough in the details.
2. The Royal affair
Here we are talking about Princess Margaret's relationship with Royal Air Force Officer, Peter Townsend. The Crown has shown Townsend being packed off to Brussels to stop the relationship from blooming further and the Queen finding herself facing the horns of a dilemma, caught between her roles as a sister and a monarch. It is true that she could not in good faith permit her sister to marry Townsend who was a divorceé, as that would have gone against the royal protocols.
3. Reality of Lord Snowdon
The second season focusses on the closeness of Princess Margaret and Antony Armstrong-Jones, a photographer by passion who led a very Swinging Sixties bohemian life. The show mentions Armstrong-Jones's--later Lord Snowdon's--past and gives not-so-subtle hints at the wild nature of his extracurricular activities. It even indicates that Snowdon might have had an illegitimate child with one of the women he had been sexually involved with. Rumours have also been sparked that Armstrong-Jones was a bisexual.
4. Prince Charles' investiture
In season 3, a young Prince Charles was shown being sent off to a Welsh university to learn the language for his upcoming investiture as the Prince of Wales. The Prince then gives his investiture speech in Welsh at the Caernarfon castle in the Edwardian town of Gwynedd in northern Wales. The Crown kept to the historical facts here as much as possible. The Prince of Wales did indeed go to Aberystwyth to learn Welsh under the tutelage of a nationalist teacher Dr. Edward Millward, and he gave his speech in Welsh.
5. Edward VIII and Nazi connection
In season 2, the series dramatizes the unmasking of the infamous Marburg files, top-secret papers pertaining to World War II, and indicative of a possible entente between the Duke of Windsor, Edward VIII, and the Nazi High Command. A little fact-checking reveals that the Duke and his wife did indeed meet with the Fuhrër and the Nazis considered him something of an ally. Although there is no real evidence of the Duke colluding with the Germans against Britain.