Exactly Where We Left Off On Season 1 Of The Crown

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Is your tea steeping? Are your scones heated? Are your jam and clotted cream nearby? Now's the time to get the appropriately British accoutrements ready to go, because season 2 of The Crown is coming to Netflix on December 8. Sound those regal trumpets, will ya?
History has never been quite as delectable as it is in The Crown, the award-winning show that casts a sympathetic, sumptuous eye to the inner lives of Queen Elizabeth and her close relatives. On The Crown, Queen Elizabeth is not the impartial, smiling old sovereign we see on TV, but a person with inner turmoil, longings, and a commitment to duty. We see Elizabeth the women — dreams, disappointments, judgmental "ohs" and all.
We left the royal family in the year 1955. Season 2 will take us through the next decade's adventures, mishaps, and diplomatic conspiracies, and end in 1965. Here's a quick refresher course on season 1 before you binge.
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Princess Margaret called off her engagement to Peter Townsend, but not happily.

After a season of flip-flopping, Queen E. came down hard on a decision. She would forbid her sister, Margaret, from marrying Peter Townsend, since he had already been married. As the head of the Church of England, Elizabeth could not allow the marriage to take place. Peter left for Belgium immediately after the decision.

As Elizabeth's famous statement went, "Mindful of the Church’s teaching that Christian marriage is indissoluble, and conscious of my duty to the Commonwealth, I have resolved to put these considerations before any others.”
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After the decision, Margaret said she would never marry.

Season 2 of The Crown begins right where the first season left off, so Margaret's heart will still be very, very broken. Who will bring her out of her misery?
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Prince Phillip was gearing up to travel to the Melbourne Olympics.

By the end of the season, Phillip was totally dissatisfied with his role as consort to the Queen. He also resented his wife for being "Elizabeth Regina" more than she was Elizabeth, the woman he married. Essentially, he was being a bit of a nuisance.

So, Elizabeth's mother thought to send Phillip to Melbourne, to open the 1956 Olympics as the Queen's consort. Then, he'll continue on a grand, five-month tour with the Navy. He's supposed to feel grateful for his assignment.
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Anthony Eden is handling (or semi-handling) the Suez Crisis in Egypty.

After years in Winston Churchill's shadow, Anthony Eden finally got an opportunity to be the Prime Minister. But things are not going so great. Eden is sickly, and is constantly popping painkillers. He's also stoked a rivalry with Egypt's Colonel Nasser. During season 2, you'll see the crisis play out in detail, and will finally understand that part of A.P. World History you glossed over.
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Child count: Elizabeth has two kids so far.

Will she have more kids? Don't worry. We won't spoil that for you. But you can look on Wikipedia if you're desperate to find out.
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Prince Charles isn't living up to his father's expectations.

Part of the reason Elizabeth's mother is so upset with Phillip is his attitude towards his son, Charles. He seems disappointed that his son doesn't have a natural skill (or interest) in fishing, for example. Expect the tension regarding Charles' upbringing to reach a greater climax in season 2.
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