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Royal Family

Netflix original drama The Crown dropped its third season last Sunday November 17, 2019.

#TheCrown season 4 is currently in production.

rottentomatoes: 91%

metacritic: 84

imdb: 8.7

emmys: 8 wins

golden globes: 2 wins

SAG awards: 3 wins

Queen Elizabeth II, The Crown, Netflix, Left Bank Pictures, Sony Pictures Television, Olivia ColmanQueen Elizabeth II

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II evolves with her regal responsibilities outside of Buckingham Palace, London, England.

Queen Elizabeth II, The Crown, Netflix, Left Bank Pictures, Sony Pictures Television, Olivia Colman

Best Performance by an Actress In A Television Series – Drama

1 nomination: 2020

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series

1 nomination: 2020

“Old bat?  Hmm.  Postmaster Bevins is very kind.  He’s also a barefaced liar.  A great many changes.  But there we are.  Age is rarely kind to anyone.  Nothing one can do about it.” — Queen Elizabeth II

“Oh, no!  Winton’s had another stroke.  I’ll go and see him today.  Who?  Mr. Wilson?  That’s ridiculous.  Who did you hear that from?  Well, if you know it, and your chum knows it, obviously, MI5 will know it, and they must have come to the conclusion that Mr. Wilson was fine, or they would have done something about it.” — Queen Elizabeth II

“Sir Anthony, what’s all this?  Of our paintings?  Did I?  Probably.  I’m afraid we’re not great connoisseurs of art in this family.  One each.  If I am to say a few words, I wonder if you might give me another of your wonderful tutorials.  Your predecessor had very little patience with me, whereas you’ve always been kind enough to make me feel, if not scholarly, then not stupid, which I appreciate.  So, to that end, what would you say constitutes early modern?  And what era are we in now, do you suppose?  The frighteningly modern?  Oh, yes.  Have you voted?  I know one shouldn’t ask.  Really?  I always had you down as a man of the left.  Who’s this?  Speaking of enigmas, what do we make of Mr. Wilson?  One’s heard the rumors, of course.  Yes, whilst on a trade mission to Moscow, the KGB got to him.  Nonsense, I know.” — Queen Elizabeth II

“Dear Winston.  Don’t move.  How are you?  You think Mr. Wilson has a chance?  Board of Trade… I can’t imagine what that would be like… having a prime minister one didn’t trust… when one thinks what it was like with you… you were my guardian angel.  The roof over my head.  The spine in my back.  The iron in my heart.  You were the compass that steered and directed.  Not just me, all of us.  Where would Great Britain be without its… greatest Briton?  God bless you, Winston.” — Queen Elizabeth II

“Mr. Wilson.  The country has spoken.  Your party has won the election.  The duty befalls me, as sovereign, to ask you to form a government in my name.  Congratulations, Prime Minister.  Whatever for?  It is my duty not to have preferences.  Hardly.  Yes, it’s an unenviable legacy.  What will you do about the balance of payments?  Will you devalue?  What’s that?  No.  I remember seeing my father’s face on a shilling for the first time and thinking how odd it looked.  At the same time realizing I would probably, one day, have to look at my own face.  But one never knows what destiny has in store for one.  Did you ever imagine you’d be Prime Minister?  How could you have done.  Mr. Gaitskell was still such a young man.  No one could possibly have foreseen his death.  So sudden.  And unexpected.  Still, we make of our destiny what we can.” — Queen Elizabeth II

“I’m not sure what I was expecting.  Each of his predecessors, Churchill, Eden, Macmillan, even Alec, each in their own way was formidable.  Statesmanlike.  But Wilson is neither old nor young, tall nor short, loud nor quiet, warm nor cold.  He seems to have come from nowhere and is entirely unremarkable.  What did you say?  Hmm.  That’s enough.  Shh, shh, shh.  Winston is dead.” — Queen Elizabeth II

“So, it’s true.  I’d heard the rumors.  Initially, I dismissed them, but spending time with him personally, in close proximity, one had become more and more suspicious.  This obviously needs to be handled very delicately.  What?  We can’t do that.  Have a Russian spy in Downing Street?  Yes.  And the poisoning of Gaitskell?  We don’t have a Russian spy in Downing Street?  Well, as a traitor to his country, he should, of course, stand trial, be put in prison, and the key thrown away, quite frankly.  It could have a catastrophic effect on the reputation of our intelligence services.  One more operational failure and our credibility would be completely shot.  I agree.  But instead, I have to get up and pay tribute to him at this exhibition.  How am I supposed to get through my speech?  I might choke on my words.” — Queen Elizabeth II

“We stand here tonight, surrounded by some of the Royal Collection’s greatest treasures, to admire the genius of Rubens, Titian, Rembrandt, and Holbein, but that we are able to make sense of it all, appreciate it, understand it… speaks to the genius of another man, whose exceptional scholarship and vision have brought us together today.  Sir Anthony Blunt.  It is he who has curated this exhibition, and given meaning to mystery, and revealed what really does lie beneath the surface.  I, for one, had never thought of art history in that way, as the art of investigation, solving riddles, finding clues, unlocking secrets.  It’s been quite an education.  I particularly enjoyed the portrait which turned out to have another person lurking beneath the surface.  Have I described that correctly, Sir Anthony?  Or am I stumbling around in the dark, as usual?  So, not two different people?  Which might as well be two different people.  The idealized version of themselves they want to be seen, and the less desirable person they really are, hidden away.  There’s seven a word for it: ‘palimpsest.’  Pentimento.  Well, I think I speak for everyone here when I say none of us will be able to trust or look at anything in the same way ever again.” — Queen Elizabeth II

“Prime Minister.  I’m so glad you came.  It gives me the chance to apologize in person.  There’s no need to understand.  All you need to know is that I misjudged you terribly, and I’d like to take this opportunity to say sorry.  Are you an art man.  Yes, art.  Paintings.  I quite agree.  What are you talking about?  Would you excuse me?” — Queen Elizabeth II

“And all because Margaret was all the things I’d specifically begged her not to be.  All the things I could never be.  Instinctive, spontaneous, dazzling.  No, I’m not.  I’m predictable, dependable, reliable.  Thank you.  But it would be nice to be dazzling on occasion, too.  Hmm.” — Queen Elizabeth II

“Not having a voice is something all of us have to live with.  We have all made sacrifices and suppressed who we are.  Some portion of our natural selves is always lost.  It is not a choice.  It is a duty.” — Queen Elizabeth II

“I was a similar age to you when your great-grandmother, Queen Mary, told me that to do nothing, to say nothing, is the hardest job of all.  It requires every ounce of energy that we have.  To be impartial is not natural, it’s not human.  People will always want us to smile or agree, or frown or speak, and the minute that we do, we will have declared a position, a point of view, and that is the one thing as the royal family we are not entitled to do.  Which is why we have to hide those feelings, keep them to ourselves.” — Queen Elizabeth II

Prince Philip, The Crown, Netflix, Left Bank Pictures, Sony Pictures Television, Tobias MenziesPrince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh

Best Performance by an Actor In A Television Series – Drama

1 nomination: 2020

“Louder, please.  What?  Oh, poor old thing.  You do know, if that man wins today, he’ll want us out.  Wilson.  Half his cabinet would be made up of rabid anti-monarchists.  They’d want our heads on spikes.  Vive la révolution.  Except I doubt they speak French in… …Halifax or Huddersfield.  Or wherever he’s from.  I even heard a rumor that he’s a KGB spy.  That his predecessor, Hugh Gaitskell, was poisoned by the Russians, so that their man might take over.  A friend of mine at the lunch club.  He had a whole theory about Wilson being turned while on a trade mission to Russia.  Said he even had a KGB code name.  ‘Olding.’  Unless they never expected him to get this far.  No one did.” — Prince Philip

“That was a mistake.  Who’s that by?  Never heard of him.  This one?  No, never heard of him, either.  No, we’re country people, really.  Savages.  But I just did say that.  Are you disagreeing with me?  What?  Between them?  Right, darling.  I’m off.  Eyes left.  Good luck with Winston.  What’s the next step?  What, than keeping it silent?  How?  What are they suggesting?  That we turn a blind eye and allow a traitor, an enemy of this country, to remain free, with his career and reputation intact, just to spare MI5’s blushes?  The man should be shot.” — Prince Philip

“The very least you could do is quietly crawl away, not force us to live with you under the same roof.  But doing the… the right thing, the decent thing, the honorable thing… you wouldn’t have the faintest idea what that was.  Well, I am going to be watching you, and one wrong step, you treacherous snake, and I will expose you and have you thrown in jail.  I never saw Stephen Ward in any capacity other than as an osteopath.  If he made drawings of me, he would have done so from photographs.” — Prince Philip

Princess Margaret, The Crown, Netflix, Left Bank Pictures, Sony Pictures Television, Helena Bonham CarterPrincess Margaret

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television

1 nomination: 2020

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series

1 nomination: 2020

“Who are you?  I’m assuming ‘new’ is not your name.  So, when I ask you– where’s the other one?  The… the fat one.  Hmm.  Yes.  What?  What?  No!  No!  Tony.  Open the door.” — Princess Margaret

“♪ It was… ♪ Just one of those things ♪ Just one of those crazy flings ♪ One of those bells ♪ That now and then rings ♪ Just one of those things ♪ It was just one of those things ♪  Just one of those… ♪ … fabulous lights ♪ A trip to the moon ♪ On gossamer wings ♪ Just one of those things ♪ When we started painting the town ♪ So goodbye, dear, and amen ♪ Here’s hoping we meet now and then ♪ It was great fun ♪ But it was just one of those things ♪.  Thank you.” — Princess Margaret

“With Tony, one never knows quite who one’s going to get from one moment to the next.  He’s changeable.  He goes from loving to hating.  Mummy!  You’re not listening.  I think he may be starting to.  Yes.  Well, I hope you’re right.” — Princess Margaret

“Hmm, because he’s always working, traveling, or waterskiing.  Hurrah!” — Princess Margaret

Harold Wilson, The Crown, Netflix, Left Bank Pictures, Sony Pictures Television, Jason WatkinsPrime Minister Harold Wilson

“The old order.  The old boys’ network, the cozy… …the ruthless application… …of scientific techniques in Soviet industry… can see clearly that only the state should have this level of control.” — Harold Wilson

“Thank you.  Your Majesty.  Uh, well, I suppose I should kick things off with an apology.  Well, winning.  I’m aware of your affection for my predecessor and doubtless you’d have preferred him to have continued in my office.  Well, we all do thought, don’t we?  We can’t help it.  It’s human nature.  And I can see the attraction of someone like Posh Alec.  Someone you can chat with about racing, someone well-bred, highborn, who knows how to hold his cutlery, as opposed to a ruffian like me.  Still, the country said otherwise.  They’d had enough of the mess those Conservatives left us and the havoc they wreaked.  Soaring land and house prices, race riots, sex scandals, large-scale unemployment, rejection from the EEC, and an annual trade deficit of £800 million.  No, m-ma’am.  A Labour government devalued the pound once before, with little success, and my party cannot risk being seen as the party of devaluation.  It is also a matter of national pride.  This is still a great country, and the pound is a powerful symbol.  Can’t have been an easy one to get used to.  Well, you being part of that symbol.  Your face on every coin and banknote.  Goodness, no.  He was.  No.  Yes.  Yes.  Indeed.” — Harold Wilson

“Your Majesty.  What for?  Art?  Well, actually, no.  No.  Uh… I’m an economist, a statistician at heart.  I’m happiest with numbers.  You can trust numbers.  They’re honest.  There’s no mystery or deception or allegory.  You know where you stand.  What you see is what you get.  And I prefer things that way.  Of course, Your Majesty.” — Harold Wilson

“We can’t be everything to everyone and still be true to ourselves.  We have to do what we have to do as leaders.  That’s our job.” — Harold Wilson

Lord Snowdon, The Crown, Netflix, Left Bank Pictures, Sony Pictures Television, Ben DanielsLord Snowdon

“Tell her I’m not coming.  Go on.  Off you trot.” — Lord Snowdon

“Jesus Christ.” — Lord Snowdon

“Thank you.  Is there any food left, or have you eaten it all?  Your Majesty.  Your Majesty.  A thousand apologies.  Happy birthday, Henry!  Hello.  Why would I do that?  I see her all the time.  It’s my new passion, ma’am.  It’s a ghastly little pond.  Well, the general idea is to stay out.  And that alongside conducting a distinguished career as an art historian and member of the royal household, he spent 15 years as an active KGB mole and passed almost 2,000 documents of sensitive military secrets to the Kremlin.” — Lord Snowdon

Anthony Blunt, The Crown, Netflix, Left Bank Pictures, Sony Pictures Television, Samuel WestSir Anthony Blunt

“Your Majesty, Your Royal Highness.  Preparations for the forthcoming exhibition at the Guildhall Gallery, ma’am.  Portraiture in early modern Europe.  I believe you kindly agreed to say a few words.  Annibale Carracci.  Artemisia Gentileschi.  Her, sir.  I wouldn’t say that.  I’ve always said, both the Queen and Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother have a good eye.  With pleasure.  The end of the Middle Ages to the beginning of the Industrial Revolution.  Roughly late 15th century to late 18th century.  I think that all depends on the result of the general election today.  I have, ma’am.  Conservative.  Perhaps once.  Not anymore.  Rembrandt.  An Old Man in Military Costume.  Wonderfully enigmatic character.  Rumors, ma’am?  I wouldn’t dismiss them so quickly.  For a young socialist to visit Russia those days, with an impressionable mind.  It’s not unthinkable he might have been turned to more… radical ideas.  But Mr. Wilson is an older man now, and, I’m sure, a wiser one.” — Anthony Blunt

“We look at a painting and immediately want to know it.  Understand it.  But can anything every be fully understood?  Take our bearded trickster here.  A Venetian cardsharp originally ascribed to Titian, until new evidence came to light, proving the painting is actually by Lorenzo Lotto.  As time passes, so we learn.  Truths are revealed.  In the late Renaissance, painting after painting, masterpiece after masterpiece seemed full of hidden intentions, multiple meanings.  Annibale Caracci’s Allegory of Truth and Time, painted in 1584 or 1585.  This winged figure here rescues a young woman, his daughter, from the darkness.  He is time.  She is truth.  And this figure below, trampled by truth, is deceit.  Caracci’s message is clear.  Be patient.  The truth will out.  The message encoded in the painting is repeated in reality.  As with the Lotto, time passed, and the painting was restored to reveal deceit is two-faced.  She has a second, monstrous visage.  Truth may lie beneath the surface, buried, forgotten, but time has a way of uncovering it.  One thinks of The Merchant of Venice.  ‘Truth will come to light.  Murder cannot be hid long.  A man’s son may… but at the length, truth will out.’  Thank you.” — Anthony Blunt

“Thank you.  Not another person, ma’am.  The same person.  It was not uncommon in the early modern period for an artist to finish a portrait, and the patron would take a look and ask for a more flattering version of themselves.  And the artist would paint another version over it.  Two different versions of the same person.  That generally applies to manuscripts, ma’am.  ‘Pentimento’ for paintings.” — Anthony Blunt

“Excuse me for a moment.  I would think long and hard before I did that, sir.  You would do well to reflect on your own position.  You may remember, at the height of the Profumo sex scandal, there was talk of a member of the royal family being involved.  No one knew who, but it was rumored to be a senior member of the royal family.  Very senior.  When the osteopath at the center of the scandal, Stephen Ward, took his own life… there was speculation that a number of portraits of that senior member of the royal family had been found in his apartment.  Naturally, a great many people were keen to get their hands on those portraits.  Mercifully, someone respected and well connected in the art world… was able to make sure they didn’t fall into the wrong hands.  We all tell ourselves all sorts of things to make sense of the past.  So much so that our fabrications, if we tell them to ourselves often enough, become the truth.  In our minds and everyone else’s.  And believe you me, I’m happy for your truth to be the truth.  It would be better for everyone.  Imagine how awful it would be, for example, if those pictures saw the light of day now.  The storm it would create.  And for what?  It’s the past.” — Anthony Blunt

Winston Churchill, The Crown, Netflix, Left Bank Pictures, Sony Pictures Television, John LithgowWinston Churchill

“Your Majesty.  Gripped, ma’am.  It’s a proper nail-biter.  I’m afraid I do.  I think we must face the cold wind of socialism blowing through this land once more.  I probably shouldn’t tell you this.  When I was Prime Minister… a young Mr. Wilson came to me asking my permission to go to Russia.  On behalf of… the… yes.  Board of Trade.  One of the first Western politicians to go behind the Iron Curtain.  I remember thinking then, ‘we’d better keep an eye on that one.’  I was a terrible bully.” — Winston Churchill

Queen Mother, The Crown, Netflix, Left Bank Pictures, Sony Pictures Television, Marion BaileyQueen Mother Elizabeth

“Hmm?  Of course I am, darling.  Tony doesn’t hate you.  You must try not to let him consume you like this.  The two of you have your trip to America coming up.  You’ll be with each other round the clock, working together as a team.  Your father and I always found those trips very bonding.  Oh, look.  Tony.  Tony, darling, come and sit next to your wife.  Well, she was just saying she sees you none of the time.  Oh, it’s lovely there.  I think you’ll find we own that pond.  I share a speedboat there with Simon Sainsbury.  You have to wind it up.” — Queen Mother

Furnival Jones, The Crown, Netflix, Left Bank Pictures, Sony Pictures Television, Angus WrightMI5 Director Furnival Jones

“Sir, the CIA’s Director of Counterintelligence on the phone.  Gentlemen.  Jim?  Where is he now?” — Furnival Jones

“Your Majesty.  Thank you for seeing me.  It gives me no pleasure to tell you that we have been approached by a former Russian agent who has identified a mole at the top of the British establishment.  Ma’am?  Indeed.  And that he should have been able to carry on for so long, undetected, is a subject of enormous embarrassment to all of us.  That’s what I’ve come to talk to you about, to see if we might find a way to contain it.  Oh.  Those rumors.  You’re talking about Harold Wilson.  I’m so sorry, ma’am.  Yes, it’s widely accepted that repeated attempts were made by the KGB to recruit Wilson when he was younger, working on trade missions.  He traveled to Russia a great deal in those years, but the evidence for the Russians having succeeded is so weak, we discounted it some time ago.  Gaitskell wasn’t poisoned.  He died of lupus.  The fact is, even if the Russians had poisoned Gaitskell, the most likely beneficiary would have been George Brown, not Harold Wilson.  Wilson was not favorite to take over the leadership at the time.  No.  But it seems… we do have one in Buckingham Palace.” — Furnival Jones

“I’m afraid I can now confirm that the Surveyor of the Queen’s Pictures, Sir Anthony Blunt, was the fourth man in the Cambridge spy ring.  We had initially hoped the information was false.  We get these sort of claims all the time.  But… we subsequently detained and interviewed Blunt, and… I’m sad to say he has confessed.  In full.  Unless it was felt that exposure of Blunt’s treachery could cause even more damage.  The fact that he had gone undetected for so long, which could, in turn, seriously affect our relationship with Americans.  We’re on our last reserves of goodwill with them as it is.” — Furnival Jones

TV Reporter

“But, somehow, Harold Wilson had to inspire the electorate to thrust a wedge into the Tories, to win the floating vote for Labour, and stop the Liberals stealing too much of the cake.  Sir Alec’s position could likewise be affected by the Liberals.  They’ve had quite a revival.  In the 1950 election, the Labour majority crumbled.  Some of its great figures were already ill.  The pressures of Korea and rearmament were growing.  It’s never easy to fight an election. Your opponent’s promises often seem much more enticing. … so many unknowns.  Even the weather can wash your hopes down the gutter.  At once Harold Wilson’s life changed.” — TV Reporter

TV Reporter 2

“Harold Wilson’s life changed dramatically.  From being a prominent opposition politician, Harold Wilson became the opposition politician.  The potential prime minister and a servant of the Crown.  The Conservatives can afford to lose… …a small but workable majority. …key battleground seats.  The Midlands… …see a clear picture emerging of who might be the likely winner.” — TV Reporter 2

TV Reporter 3

“Heads of state from around the world are arriving, crowding into… …this great mother church of the Commonwealth.” — TV Reporter 3

Michael Adeane

“Everyone at the Post Office is delighted with the new profile, ma’am, which they feel to be an elegant reflection of Her Majesty’s transition from young woman to… …mother of four and settled sovereign.  The Postmaster General himself commented that the two images, the young and the slightly older Queen, are almost identical.  Just the tiniest changes, in the hair–” — Michael Adeane

“Right.  Right.  I’ll confirm with Her Majesty and come back to you straight away.” — Michael Adeane

Duke of Gloucester

“What?  I-I-I’d say that was marginally better than everyone having nightmares having met you!  We do tease each other.  That’s really charming.” — Duke of Gloucester

“Marvelous.  Very good.  Margot!  Seventeen minutes, door to door.  I’m claiming that as a land-speed record.  Tony, where were you?” — Duke of Gloucester

Duchess of Gloucester

“Best qualities in a spy.  Aren’t those the best qualities in a spy.  Well, to be forgettable, unremarkable.  Not stand out in a crowd.  We used to say that about Henry, didn’t we, dear?  That you would have made the perfect spy, because no one could remember having met you.” — Dinner Party Guest

“From Margot.  How did you know?  Elizabeth, thank you so much.  Really, really charming.” — Duchess of Gloucester

CIA Agent

“Martin.  A man by the name of Michael Straight surrendered himself to us at the DOJ.  He claims to be a sleeper agent working for the Russians.  He says he has information that will uncover a senior KGB mole at the top of the British establishment.  Washington.  We can have him flown in to you by tomorrow.” — CIA Agent

Michael Straight

“I need to speak to a senior intelligence officer.  My name is Michael Straight.  I attended Cambridge University, and it was during this time that I was first approached by members of the Communist Party.” — Michael Straight

MI5 Agent 2

“He called on Juliet, sir.”


“We are assembled here as representing the people of this land to join in prayer on the occasion of the burial of a great man, who has rendered memorable service to his country and to the cause of freedom.  We shall think of him with Thanksgiving that he was raised up in our days of desperate need to be a leader and inspirer of the nation, for his dauntless resolution and untiring vigilance.  And since all men are subject to temptation and error, we pray that we, together with him, may be numbered among those whose sins are forgiven… and have a place in the kingdom of heaven.” — Archbishop

Radio Broadcaster

“After the generation of Conservative rule, in which we have seen recession, scandal, national divide…” — Radio Broadcaster

Radio Broadcaster 2

“Another gain for Labour there.  We’ve seen a 3.5% swing from the Conservatives so far tonight. …arriving into us now.  Yes, it’s a Labour gain.  The Labour Party will form the next government.  People will be waking up tomorrow in a new Britain, a Britain whose destiny lies firmly in the hands of Mr. Wilson.  We now go over to Transport House, where Labour staff and supporters are gathered to hear their celebration.” — Radio Broadcaster 2

Radio Broadcaster 3

“The haves and have-nots and the fact that neither party has been able to secure the confidence of a large majority of voters is symptomatic not only of fundamental dissatisfaction with government, but of the failure of the entire political class.” — Radio Broadcaster 3


“♪ Then raise the scarlet standard high ♪ Within its shade we’ll live and die ♪ Though cowards flinch and traitors sneer ♪ We’ll keep the red flag flying here ♪” — Crowd

Royal Footman

“His Royal Highness would like to see you, sir.” — Royal Footman

Party Guest

“Go on, Margot.  Do us one more song.” — Party Guest

Party Guest 2

“Yes, Margot.  Your turn.” — Party Guest 2

Party Guest 3

“Bravo!” — Party Guest 3

Kensington Valet

“Sir.” — Kensington Valet

Kensington Palace Employee 1

“Good morning, Your Royal Highness.  Morning, ma’am.  Lord Snowdon sends his apologies.  He’s heading out to take photographs.  Of election day.  He will try and join you for coffee.” — Kensington Palace Employee 1

Kensington Palace Employee 2

“Sir, a reminder that lunch is at one at the Mirabelle.  Sir.” — Kensington Palace Employee 2

Kensington Palace Employee 3 (Violet)

“Good morning, Your Royal Highness.  I’m new.  No.  Violet, ma’am.  She left, ma’am.  Nervous exhaustion.” — Kensington Palace Employee 3

Kensington Employee 4

“Your Majesty, there’s a telephone call for you.” — Kensington Employee 4

Royal Footman 2

“Sir, the protocol is as follows.  When you’re announced, bow from the neck.  After that it’s ‘ma’am.’  Rhymes with ‘ham.’  Until you leave, then it’s ‘Your Majesty’ again.  Don’t sit until Her Majesty does.  Don’t talk until she does.  Absolutely not physical contact, other than taking her hand, if and only if she offers it.  No small talk unless she invites it.  At the end, she’ll buzz, and I’ll come and get you.  Bow from the neck and walk back towards me.  The Leader of the Opposition, Your Majesty.” — Royal Footman 2

“Director General of MI5, Mr. Furnival Jones, Your Majesty.” — Royal Footman 2

Royal Footman

“Your Majesty.” — Royal Footman

Royal Footman 1

“Sir.” — Royal Footman 1

Churchill’s Butler

“Sir, the Queen.” — Churchill’s Butler

Princess Alice, The Crown, Netflix, Left Bank Pictures, Sony Pictures Television, Jane Lapotaire

Princess Alice

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Lord Mountbatten

 Prince Charles, The Crown, Netflix, Left Bank Pictures, Sony Pictures Television, Josh O'Connor

Charles, Prince of Wales

Princess Anne, The Crown, Netflix, Left Bank Pictures, Sony Pictures Television, Erin Doherty

Princess Anne

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In these archive images Princess Margaret is photographed with one of four pagodas which will go on public display at Brighton Pavilion from Saturday 21 Sept 2019. The pictures were taken by Cecil Beaton in 1949. The pagodas are ten-tiered Chinese decorative objects, which will be part of ‘A Prince’s Treasure’ exhibition – a collection of over 120 items from Buckingham Palace on loan from @royalcollectiontrust They have been at Buckingham Palace since the 1840s but were originally commissioned for the Pavilion by George IV in 1817. See our Instagram stories for more about the exhibition and how the pieces of art were transferred from the Palace ready to be taken to Brighton.

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On #RemembranceSunday The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge joined Her Majesty The Queen and members of @TheRoyalFamily, as the nation honoured those who have lost their lives in conflict. The Duchess of Cambridge joined The Queen and The Duchess of Cornwall on the balcony of the Foreign Office for the National Service of Remembrance, as The Prince of Wales laid a wreath at the Cenotaph on behalf of The Queen, who is Head of the Armed Forces, followed by The Duke of Cambridge, The Duke of Sussex, The Duke of York, and Members of the Royal Family. Every year, the nation unites on Remembrance Sunday, traditionally held at 11am on the second Sunday in November, to honour the service and sacrifice of our Armed Forces community, the British and Commonwealth veterans, the Allies that fought alongside us and the civilian servicemen and women involved in the two World Wars and later conflicts 📷PA / Crown Copyright #WeWillRememberThem

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Thank you to everyone who welcomed The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall to Christchurch today as the #RoyalVisitNZ continued. Alongside Jacinda Ardern, Prime Minister of New Zealand, The Prince and The Duchess met pupils at Cashmere High School, which was affected by the March 2019 mosque attacks. Seven people associated with the school were killed in the attacks, including two current students. The Prince and The Duchess later visited the site of Christ Church Cathedral, which was severely damaged during the earthquake in 2011, and The Duchess met stallholders at Christchurch’s Riverside Market before finding out about the work the Salvation Army New Zealand carries out to support older people in the community. At the Turanga Library, The Duchess of Cornwall joined a workshop for young people participating in The Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition, which is run by The Royal Commonwealth Society, of which The Duchess is Vice-Patron. Her Royal Highness revealed that the subject for next year's competition will be 'Climate Action and Commonwealth' and presented certificates to school children. Head over to @clarencehouse to see more!

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‘Today we celebrate the history of this Abbey and its Church and mark it’s continuing significance as a place of worship and of memorial, standing firmly for faith at the heart of our nation and Commonwealth and of the wider world’ Today at Westminster Abbey, the Dean of Westminster led a service to mark 750 years since the church was consecrated. The site went on to become the great Gothic abbey we know today, and has been the setting for every Coronation since 1066 and for numerous other Royal occasions, including sixteen Royal weddings. 📸 1/ The Queen on her Coronation Day in 1953. Royal Collection Trust/© Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2019 📸 2/ King George VI’s Coronation in 1937. Royal Collection Trust/© Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2019 📸 3/ Queen Victoria’s Coronation in 1838. Royal Collection Trust/© Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2019 📸 4/ Princess Elizabeth and Prince Philip’s wedding in 1947. © Press Association 📸 5/ The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s wedding in 2011. © Press Association

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