The Crown, episode ten

David calls George in to tell him that he is abdicating the throne. George tells him that if he does that he “and that woman” have to leave. David agrees so long as George pays him. George then calls in a young Elizabeth and Margaret and tells them that nothing should ever come between them because they are sisters and that is important.

It’s Margaret’s 25th birthday. She announces that she is still intent on Peter so Elizabeth starts to move forward with recalling him to London. Michael points out that Margaret can only state her intentions now though. It still has to go to Parliament and then sit 12 months. Elizabeth is upset by this.

Philip takes Charles fishing while Margaret and Elizabeth talk about the engagement announcement. Their mother comments on the fact that Philip never settled down and is perhaps a bit too hard on Charles.

Elizabeth mentions the idea of Philip going to Australia in her name to open the Olympics. He says no. She acknowledges that some people might want him to go and come back “changed.” He’s pissed.

Anthony, now prime minister, visits Elizabeth to talk. While they wait for his arrival, Margaret retreats to her bed and Philip talks to her. He sympathizes with her anger with his wife. Elizabeth and Anthony go on a drive and talk about his time in Cairo. Then the conversation turns to Margaret and her engagement but Anthony is no help.

Later that night at a dinner, Philip calls the queen mother on shipping him off. She says that it wasn’t her idea but that she completely supports it. She tells him to go enjoy being the center of attention.

Peter is back in London. His car is hounded by photographers from the airport to Margaret’s house.

Anthony brings back information from top government officials. They are not in support of this. The couple will have to marry and live abroad and she will have to give up her title. Elizabeth presents this option to Margaret but she is not listening. She is willing to give it all up but Elizabeth implores her to really think about it.

Margaret and Peter go to a dinner party and draw quite a bit of attention. Though many want to hear it, no announcement is made. Elizabeth talks to Anthony about the promise she made to her sister and her father. She points out that he himself is divorced and tells him to go talk to cabinet again. She will handle the church.

Elizabeth meets with the archbishop and he tells her that under no circumstances will a divorcee be married again in the church. She’s distraught. Philip tells her to give the people what they want. She tells him she doesn’t know. He tells her to stop being a head of state and start being a sister.

She talks to David about Margaret. He tells her that he has no sympathy but that the guilt will never leave her either way. She summons Margaret to tell her that she wanted to help her as a sister since she gave her word but she realized that as queen she has no choice. She cannot stay in the family if she wants to marry Peter.

Margaret brings up the pledge she gave to her father and to her before comparing it to Philip. Elizabeth says that she wasn’t going against scripture or offending the church. She basically says that there are other fish in the sea but Margaret maintains that Peter is the only one for her.

Peter goes to see Margaret. She tells him she will never forgive her sister and that he is the only one for her. The next day he announces to the press that they decided not to marry. He then heads back to Brussels. The country sees it as duty prevailing over love.

Elizabeth is preparing for a photo shoot when Philip stops by to tell her that a royal tour is being combined with his trip to the Olympics. He will be gone five months. The hope is that he will come back with his head on straight. He departs without a goodbye.

Margaret and Peter are having a hard time adjusting. Anthony is shooting up with drugs. Philip rides off alone. Elizabeth is in full regalia, alone.

So that was rather depressing. I feel like Elizabeth should’ve let Margaret marry Peter but I get why she didn’t. Margaret and Philip are such brats sometimes. I don’t like either one of them all that much. I just feel bad for Elizabeth and the kids.


The Crown, episode nine

A woman gets out a car and heads into a fancy restaurant. She meets with Porchey (Joseph Kloska) and he proposes. She agrees on one condition. She wants to be sure he’s over “her.” Her being Elizabeth. He tells her that he may have carried a torch but for her it was always Philip. Elizabeth pretends to be asleep when Philip stumbles in drunk.

Clementine and Winston Churchill are in the countryside. She tells him that there will be a celebration in his honor because his birthday and the opening of Parliment fall on the same day.

Anthony returns to England after his emergency surgery in the states.

Elizabeth calls Porchey in the middle of the night to talk about horse racing. When she tries to turn the topic more personal he hangs up on her. She looks and sees that Philip is still out gallivanting.

Churchill meets with Graham Sutherland (Stephen Dillane) to pose for the sketches for his portrait. Churchill doesn’t seem to like Sutherland but his wife does.

Elizabeth, Porchey and Margaret are at the horse races. Her horse wins and they all cheer. They talk about her horse’s future prospects and she brings up his girlfriend. He corrects her. It’s fiance now. Elizabeth wants to meet her. Porchey says we’ll see. He leaves and Margaret calls him the one that got away, pointing out his torch for Elizabeth. She doesn’t believe it but Margaret says that he admitted it himself while drinking. Elizabeth says that that’s proof he’s not serious and she says its proof that it is.

Anthony visits Churchill to ask him to stand down. He’s not longer serving for the good of the country. They argue about their health and the good of the party before Churchill sends him out.

Sutherland is sketching Churchill, who keeps talking but Sutherland is all business. Churchill wants to see the sketch but Sutherland says no. He says that subjects don’t always want to see the good and the bad. Churchill tells him that this is more than just a portrait of him. It is the prime minstership itself.

Porchey calls Elizabeth to talk about the horse’s potential. She then explains it to Philip and he makes a joke of it. She is getting ready for bed whereas he is on his way out for a night of cavorting.

Churchill is in the countryside again to sit for another sketch with Sutherland. They talk about paintings and inspiration and then their children. They’ve both lost children very young.

Elizabeth is at the stables looking at horses with Porchey. Clementine wakes Churchill up on his birthday. There is a cake with 80 candles for him. He is later honored and gives a speech before presenting his portrait to Parliament. He is not pleased with it.

The portrait is rejected by Churchill. He tells Sutherland as such before yelling at him because it is not accurate but Sutherland argues that it is and he just can’t see it. Churchill kicks it out before sitting quietly. He later tells his wife that he has had enough. He means it this time. He goes to talk to Elizabeth and tells her it is time. She thanks him for his service. He tells her he has nothing more to teach her.

She wants to do something to honor Churchill. Her mother suggests dinner at Downing Street. She tells Philip as they watch the horse mate with another one at the stable. She and Philip have a tense discussion about Porchey and Philip’s friends. As they get ready for dinner with Churchill she tells Philip that it would have been easier to marry Porchey but that she has only ever loved Philip and then asks if he can say they same.

At dinner she gives a speech about how great Churchill has been for the country and how much she has relied on him and will continue to do so. She toasts to him and everyone claps.

Churchill torches a painting while Clementine looks on.

Can we punch Philip? He’s a terrible husband and not a good person. I feel bad for Porchey and as usual for Elizabeth as well. She seems so lonely all the time.

The Crown, episode eight

The queen mother summons her daughters to tell them that she can’t give the speech that she was scheduled to give in honor of their father. They fight over who should be the one to give it, the Queen or father’s favorite. Elizabeth wins.

Churchill is being briefed about world events because Elizabeth is planning a commonwealth tour. She is being shown dresses. There are 100 and she wants to cut it down but it already has been. Philip is also being fitted. He’s opposed to the whole “road show” as she puts it.

While Elizabeth is away, her mother has to assume some of her duties. She suggests that she share them with Margaret, to help put her in a better mood. Margaret lays about talking to Peter on the phone while he is at work in Brussels. They count down the days until the two years are up.

Elizabeth says goodbye to her mother who will be away for a bit as well. On the way out she gives Elizabeth a bit of grief about cutting her sister a break which is why she will be performing royal duties while they are both away. Elizabeth helps Margaret practice knighting. They talk about Peter.

Elizabeth and Philip prepare to depart for their tour. Churchill talks to them on the plane before takeoff. He tells Elizabeth to be not herself but the queen.

The queen mother is visiting Lady Doris Vyner (Caroline Goodall) along the coast. She spends the day outside but breaks down due to her own grief.

On the road, Elizabeth is stoic and regal while Philip is ansty and a bit of jerk throughout the proceedings.

Margaret has to deliver a speech before she deputizes people and the speech Martin has written is for Elizabeth. She wants to add a bit of color and make it more her own. He is hesitant to allow it. She also makes sure to wear the queen’s jewels.

Her speech draws laughs and cheers but Martin spends most of the time cringing. It is not the way speeches usually go. Later that night she invites Peter to visit

Elizabeth and Philip talk about Margaret showing Elizabeth up and being better with the crowds and things. Philip whines about what is expected of him.

The queen mother is out exploring again and goes to visit a house on the coast with Lady Doris and her husband. The owner recognizes her but can’t place it. She expresses interest in buying the property.

Elizabeth is having facial spasms from smiling too much. She opts for an inject to relax the muscles. Philip complains that he’s now waving in his sleep.

Peter is watching footage of Margaret’s visit to a coal mine with a group of people. Reporters ask her about Peter and she says that she misses him very much, and her sister the queen they ask, not quite as much she replies. Peter calls her after and tells her not to take digs because they need the palace on their side.

Philip is acting like a spoiled brat because he doesn’t want to be on tour. He brings up her father and his preference for her sister and she freaks out. She kicks him out and starts throwing things at him. When they get out front, photographers are there. They’ve been caught. They go inside and regroup before she heads out front to talk to the newsmen. They give her the newsreel as a gift.

Churchill turns up to yell at Margaret for her behavior. He says that she has no right to have opinions on things such as coal mines and he has sent for her mother to come back to handle duties.

The property owner offers to sell the queen mother the castle on the Scottish coast for a mere 100 pounds. She agrees. As he walks her back word finally reaches her that she is needed in London. That’s when the owner realizes who she is.

Elizabeth receives word that Gibraltar is still dangerous and the stop should be cancelled. She pushes for it because she must make all the stops. Philip disagrees and she tells him to mind his place.

The queen mother makes it back to the castle in time to see live footage of Elizabeth returning as well. Back at home, Philip plays with the children while she meets Churchill. He tells her that she has done a wonderful service for inspiring the country but she worries it won’t last forever. He tells her as long as those representing the crown do it well there is no worry. Which leads to the topic of Margaret….

Elizabeth brings her in and tells her that she can’t do things the way she did. She can’t show individuality. The discuss the grass always being greener on the other side but Margaret just feels totally worthless by comparison. She asks Elizabeth to slip up once in a while so she doesn’t look so bad.

The queen mother returns to the Scottish coast and looks out at the sea.

I really had no idea Philip was such a spoiled brat. I really can’t stand him sometimes. And the queen mother implying such a lack of faith in her own daughter was pretty terrible too. The more I watch the more I sympathize with the isolation Elizabeth must feel.

The Crown, episode seven

Windsor Castle 1940. The princesses are receiving etiquette lessons. When that lesson ends, Elizabeth reports to Eton for more education on government.

The Soviet Union successfully tests an H-bomb. Elizabeth talks to her mother about wishing she had received a more formal education in addition to learning about her place in the monarchy but it’s too late for all that now. Tommy comes in to tell Elizabeth that Churchill is there.

While they walk to meet him, Tommy shares that it is his retirement year and that the transition will happen smoothly because a deputy has been trained. She thanks him for his service and comments on working with Martin again but Tommy says that he is the junior deputy so it is not his job. She requests it be made his job.

Churchill gets down to business. Britain needs to secure peace with the Soviets. He has to explain the specifics of how they plan to proceed. Churchill wants a summit with Eisenhower to try and bring Russia back into the fold and he’s sent Anthony to handle arranging that. Elizabeth questions that because as she’s heard, Anthony is in bad health.

On the flight across the Atlantic, Anthony and his aides discuss Khrushchev’s plans as well as his alleged nuclear readiness. Anthony has some sort of episode and needs one of the aides has to administer a shot of some sort to help him. They arrive in DC and a US representative is brought out to meet with him. He finds Anthony asleep on the couch with blood on his sleeve. Quite the metaphor.

Elizabeth summons Martin to offer him the position of her secretary. He points out that that would break protocol but she doesn’t care. He asks if he can do anything for her. She says no but before he leaves she changes her mind. She would like a tutor, one with a sense of humor.

Anthony and Churchill talk over the phone. Anthony needs a gallbladder surgery so he will be staying stateside for the procedure, not at the summit. Churchill tells him that is unacceptable and after much pushing admits he needs Anthony there. Anthony doesn’t relent though.

True to his word, Martin sends a Professor Hogg (Alan Williams) to the palace to consult with Elizabeth about her education or lack there of. After there meeting she confronts her mother about it and she tells Elizabeth that she has no right to cast stones in that respect. She tells her to accept her limitations in life.

Martin takes his wife Mary (Jo Herbert) to see where there new residence would be. She is delighted.

Churchill has had a stroke and wants to hide it from the queen. He will send word that he can’t make their weekly briefing due to the flu. More importantly, he can’t fly so he has to find a way to lure Eisenhower to London.

The plan is made to invite Eisenhower to a state dinner at the palace. That way he can come to the dinner and meet with Churchill. Elizabeth agrees to it.

Tommy is hurrying to make the arrangements but Michael Adeare (Will Keen) stops him to complain about Martin getting the job that would be rightfully his. Tommy calls Martin to his office and tells him mind his place.

Elizabeth meets with Hogg. He has planned a more general lesson but she requests a new one, on Eisenhower, to prepare for the dinner. Hogg doesn’t have much information readily available so he asks for 24 hours to plan it.

Churchill and his wife discuss telling the queen about his health and he is adamant that she should not know. He receives word that Eisenhower is coming that he gets so excited he has another stroke.

Elizabeth is reading up on Eisenhower when she receives word that he won’t be able to come. She’s relieved. Martin also tells her that he has to decline the post of private secretary. She goes to have words with Tommy and he fights back because it is the protocol. He says that ultimately it is up to her.

The prime minister’s secretary is brought to the palace. Elizabeth had him as her private secretary prior to Martin so she wants his opinion but he thinks he is there because she knows about Churchill’s strokes so he apologizes for not telling her. She admits she didn’t know but now that she does it is far more important.

She talks to Hogg about it and shares that these bright intellectuals intimidate her so she plans to do nothing. He tells her she has integrity so she should do what is right, summon them and give them a good dressing down. Before she can though she has the property torn apart looking for her notebook from her Eton schooling days.

Lord Salisbury (Clive Francis) is brought in first and told that he has inhibited the work of the crown and that she couldn’t do her duties because of him. Churchill is next. She tells him that it feels like a betrayal of trust for not just the institutions they represent but on a personal level as well. She asks him if he is well enough to serve, and before he can answer tells him to consider her rank, not age and gender, when answering. He says that he is not done yet but will be soon.

Elizabeth goes back to her quarters and finds Philip preparing for a state dinner that has been cancelled. They talk about what he’s been up to because he’s been away from the palace quite a bit and then he gets flirty and she blows off a meeting with Michael.

I felt really bad that she was apparently intimidated by Churchill and the other dignitaries that she was forced to deal with because she never had a formal education. I’m glad she saw that she could still hold her own with them, especially when they were in the wrong. I love her scenes with Hogg. He amuses me to no end.


The Crown, episode six

Margaret and Peter watch footage of Elizabeth on television while away on “official business.” Margaret declares herself the luckiest woman in the world.

A reporter named Bill Mattheson (Paul Thornley) approaches his editor with a story. It seems that on the day of the coronation the Princess Margaret was seen picking a bit of fluff off a military man’s uniform and not just any man but a divorced commoner.When the royals and divorce are involved, there is usually more to the story so he gets permission to write it up.

Margaret calls Elizabeth to arrange for a dinner for “them all.” Philip and Elizabeth and Margaret and… Peter. Elizabeth seems a bit suspicious as to his inclusion but agrees nonetheless.

Philip is out at his lunch club where the newly returned photojournalist Tony Longdon (Ed Stoppard) presents about the state of things in the Middle East. They are antimonarchial and wish “death to imperialists.”

Elizabeth and Philip are getting ready to go to dinner and they talk about what he did all day. On the way out he asks who they are eating with and she tells him Margaret and Peter and that that’s all she knows.

At the dinner Margaret is nervous and finally just asks for permission to marry Peter. Elizabeth agrees to allow it.

Philip seems to take offense to the difficult position this puts Elizabeth in more than she does. He brings up her uncle but she points out that 17 years have passed. Times have changed. He points out that for the royals it does not.

The reporter finishes his story and brings it to his editor. He wants to run it so he has to clear it with upstairs. They are going ahead with it so the publisher alerts Tommy so that the queen has a heads up. He tells the queen mother.

The next morning Elizabeth calls Margaret. She’s been brainstorming and thinks that it could work if they married in Scotland. They are both happy with their plan but Margaret warns her sister that a visit from their mother is likely.

Elizabeth waits and sure enough her mother turns up. Her priority is protecting the monarchy so when Elizabeth explains the Scotland plan she tells her not to be foolish. Margaret won’t need permission after she turns 25 so if she waits just two years it solves everything.

She breaks the news to her sister, who is upset naturally. She explains the reasoning and tells her about the appointment that Peter will receive in the interim. Margaret really doesn’t have a choice. She and Peter discuss it know that they don’t have any other options.

Peter is chosen to accompany Elizabeth on a trip to Northern Ireland. Tommy is less than pleased with him. He does fine work when he actually does his job but has no place fraternizing with Margaret. Elizabeth does take a moment to talk to Peter as well but remains diplomatic.

His departure to Brussels for his new post has been moved up and he won’t have a chance to see Margaret before he leaves. He breaks protocol and calls her by name when pleading his case before Tommy reprimands him and tells him he has no choice. Peter argues that the public is on their side so he and Margaret should get to see each other but Tommy is dismissive.

Margaret finds out what has happened and calls Elizabeth at once. She takes some effort to track down but is eventually found at the stables. Margaret calls her jealous and says that she was opposed to the relationship from the beginning. She basically says watch her back.

The papers the next day take Margaret’s side and say that this will threaten the monarchy. It is cruel and shows how superfluous the royal family truly is, according to the article. Philip tells Elizabeth not to worry. He asserts that it will all be forgiven in 48 hours and she says that she doesn’t think Margaret will forgive her that quickly to which he replies “she’ll learn she has to. We all have to.” He then leaves for a weekend away with the boys from his lunch club. Elizabeth is upset, and alone.

I kind of loved the way they showed how elaborate a process it is for Margaret to call Elizabeth. The family just seems sort of out of touch. Elizabeth and Philip seem to understand a bit better but she is so easily swayed by the customs of the older generation that it doesn’t matter. I felt bad for Margaret but her accusations seemed kind of unfounded.

The Crown, episode five

May 11, 1937. Young Elizabeth helps her father rehearse and learns a bit about the coronation in the process. She joins him when he tries on the crown and then it is her trying on the crown with Charles and Anne looking on.

Elizabeth takes the crown and practices walking around in it. She goes to show Philip but he’s out flying again. Later that night she talks to him about his flying and then asks him to join her coronation committee as chairman. She wants to spend more time with him but he is hesitant.

They go to the ballet and he tells her total control or nothing at all. She agrees but tells him not to go crazy. These are ceremonies steeped in centuries of traditions.

The Duke of Windsor and his wife the Duchess are interviewed and giving a tour of their home. He talks about suits and soap before they make their way to his private room where he meditates for a few minutes each day. It is full of mementos from his royal life, his box and all sorts of pictures of him as king. None with the crown though because he was never coronated. Later that night he talks about another trip to London.

Elizabeth calls a meeting to let those involved know that Philip will be chairman of the coronation with full autonomy. They argue that it is the Duke of Norfolk’s job but she says that her decision stands. Afterward Tommy and the queen mother discuss their other issue, the Duke of Windsor. He will be arriving that day and meeting with Tommy the following day. She tells him to be ready because the Duke is tricky.

He visits his mother and writes to his wife about her declining health. He doesn’t think she will ever go outside again. He is later told that the archbishop would like to speak with him. Since he isn’t king, he now has to go to him.

It’s an ambush. Tommy is there as well as another member of the coronation committee. They try to dissuade him attending the celebration but he insists he will. They make sure he knows that as direct family he is invited, his wife however is not. The duke wants to let bygones be bygones but they aren’t having it so he turns malicious and rips on his late brother’s widow before commenting on his brother himself.

He asks if he can write a statement to be given to the queen and maybe make a resolution that no past monarchs can attend coronations, to save face. Tommy says he will mention it to the majesties before the archbishop interrupts with news that Queen Mary died.

The duke writes to his wife about the family descending to call dibs on her possessions and how angry he is that he has to be there without her by his side.

At the funeral, Philip runs a commentary on how identical it is to her father’s, including the guest list. He says the coronation won’t be like that. It will represent a new era and a fast-changing world.

He reports to his first day as the chairman of the coronation committee and expounds his radical new ideas, including televising the event. The old guard is not amused. They think that he was only appointed for the sake of the queen’s marriage and Churchill brings it up to Elizabeth.

Philip wants to change the text and Elizabeth asks Churchill his opinion bur he responds that it is up to her. She goes to see Philip at the Abbey and talks to him about why he’s doing what he’s doing. They negotiate and she will back him up on televising the ceremony if he will kneel. He doesn’t want to. They argue about the importance of his kneeling for his Queen and God.

The day of the coronation the Duke and his wife hold a viewing party. He explains the proceedings and who is in attendance to his friends. He describes it as magic and seems a bit choked up while he watches.

At the ceremony, things go as planned and Philip kneels before her, declaring her will serve her so help him God.

The Duke spends time in his meditation room watching the ceremony alone and then goes outside and plays the bagpipes.

Tommy was a jerk to Peter earlier in the series but I loved him standing up for the late King. I really don’t know anything about the Duke that abdicated other than the fact that he abdicated. I’m thinking maybe I should read up on that. He seems so angry all the time but maybe he’s just sad. Philip just has to keep fighting tradition at every corner. He has to see that some of it is good.

The Crown, episode four

Philip is at the airfield with Peter. He’s about to start to learn how to fly. They cruise around for a bit and Philip even takes control.

Dec, 4, 1952. The meteorological office. They have bad news and to cover their backs they send it to the prime minister. They don’t expect that he’ll read it but that’s on him, not them.

Queen Mary is in poor health. The doctor suggests opening a window but she won’t do it while they are rehearsing. He asks what they are rehearsing to which she replies “my funeral.”

Word of the weather warning spreads throughout necessary channels and Clement Attlee (Simon Chandler) is told about the fog. The incident in Donora, Pennsylvania is brought up and he says a team went and investigated that and protocols were put in place. They weren’t though. It was swept under a rug. He’s told something needs to be done about it.

Churchill is on his way out and Venetia is still there. He tells her to go home. She does and we see her hurry to a cold apartment. She’s bundled and has a heater on. A friend invites her out but she declines. She curls up in bed to read and as she goes to sleep, the fog seeps in.

Day one

London is at a standstill because of a dense fog. We see Philip as well as Venetia and several others open their curtains to start the day. It’s too hazardous to drive so Elizabeth walks to see her grandmother.

They discuss the fog being an act of God and the monarchy is the tool of God. There’s a reason the┬ácoronation will be in an abbey not a government building.

Attlee doesn’t want to do anything yet. He wants to give Churchill time to act, even if its just to mess things up.

Venetia is one of the very few that has made it to work at Downing Street. She talks to Churchill about how accomplished he was by her age and how inspiring she finds him.

Day two

London is more of the same. Venetia heads to work. Churchill meets with Elizabeth and she brings up the fog. He defends his lack of action and she makes a joke about Philip flying. Churchill is pissed. The father of the future king does not have hobbies. This is ridiculous. She defends him, calling it a private matter and none of his business.

Day three

The fog is worse than it has been. Power stations are doing what they can to reduce smoke but it’s unlikely anything will matter at this point.

Venetia helps her neighbor to the hospital.

Churchill heads into the cabinet meeting and they want to talk about the fog too but he snaps and says it’s weather. Nothing can be done about it. There are more important matters to discuss such as Philip.

Venetia talks to the doctor and he says that he and the hospital need money. She says that she will talk to the prime minister and the doctor calls her delusional. She wants to prove him wrong so she hurries out. She gets hit by a bus and killed.

Philip is getting ansty and so he pesters Elizabeth while she goes through her box of papers. He talks to her about flying and reads her a passage from a book. They are interrupted by a visit from Lord Mountbatten. He is on official business so Philip steps out.

He wants Elizabeth to intervene where Churchill is concerned. There is a national crisis and all he is worried about is Philip flying. She thanks him for the information.

Churchill is informed of Venetia’s death. He is very upset and blows off an important meeting.

Elizabeth speaks with Tommy about what steps she would need to take about Churchill. He says that her father was a stickler for tradition but this is a different situation and she is a different sovereign.

Churchill goes to the hospital morgue and identifies Venetia. While there he is told the queen wants to meet with him. He strategizes and decides to send word he will meet with the queen in the morning and turns his hospital visit into a photo op. He makes plans to fix the fog in the only way he can. He promises money and equipment to the hospital as well as an inquiry as to how this happened.

The papers love it and so do the people. He is called a true leader and when he turns up at the palace to meet with Elizabeth she doesn’t really know what to say. She makes him wait and then talks to him about seating at an upcoming state dinner.

He reports back to his wife about it and she talks to her grandmother. She says that she can’t stand by and do nothing but her grandmother tells her that she must. Any show of emotion is to declare a position, which she cannot afford to do.

Philip takes to the skies. He thinks he can have all his practice hours done in three months because it’s not like he has anything else to do. He suggests a trip to Edinburgh since he is the Duke there after all.

I can’t believe it took Churchill so long to act. What’s with his obsession with the goings on in the royal household? Is it really just because he is that interested in upholding tradition? I’ve heard of the Great Smog but I didn’t realize just how terrible it was. An estimated 12,000 people died when all is said and done. That’s obscene. I figured Venetia would die but I kind of expected her heater to catch fire so the bus thing came as a shock to me.