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The Crown is the most expensive Netflix series to date. The period drama follows the life of Queen Elizabeth the second as she comes to terms with her role as head of state after her father, King George, passes away. The crown has been nominated for a number of Emmys including Best leading actress for Claire Foy. Let’s take a look at the cast and their real life counterparts. All photos found on farfarawaysites.com

Claire Foy as Queen Elizabeth II

Queen Elizabeth in Kenya after learning of her fathers death.
Queen Elizabeth in Kenya after learning of her fathers death.

Queen Elizabeth II needs no introduction. As England's longest reigning monarch Elizabeth became queen at the age of 25 after her father's death. Despite being thrust into the role so young Elizabeth has maintained grace and poise even as she still reigns today.

Matt Smith as Prince Philip Duke of Edinburgh

Prince Philip and a young Prince Charles
Prince Philip and a young Prince Charles

Prince Phillip met and began corresponding with the young Princess Elizabeth when she was just 13-years old. While the two have the longest marriage in the history of the British monarchy, the series depicts how many sacrifices Philip had to make for the woman he loved. Despite the challenges of her reign however the two have had a strong relationship throughout their marriage.

Vanessa Kirby as Princess Margaret

Princess Margaret
Princess Margaret

Princess Margaret, Elizabeth's younger sister, passed away in 2002. The series depicts her relationship with Group Captain Peter Townsend whom she asked permission to marry despite the fact that he was a divorcé. Because the government believed it to be an unsuitable marriage and The Church of England refused to approve the marriage she eventually abandoned all hope and instead married photographer Antony Armstrong-Jones whom she later divorced. Margaret remains one of the more controversial members of the Royal Family.

Eileen Atkins as Queen Mary

Queen Mary upon learning of her sons death.
Queen Mary upon learning of her sons death.

As mother to King George VI, Queen Mary took an active interest in the upbringing of his daughters Elizabeth and Mary, especially after Edward's abdication placed Elizabeth directly in line for the throne. She served as Queen Consort during WWI and is depicted in the series as being a confidante to Elizabeth helping to guide her during her early reign. She died shortly before Elizabeth's coronation.

Jared Harris as King George VI and Victoria Hamilton as Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother

King George VI and Queen-Consort Elizabeth during the abdication crisis
King George VI and Queen-Consort Elizabeth during the abdication crisis

Prince Albert (King George VI) was never meant to be King but was thrust into the role after his brother, King Edward abdicated in order to marry Wallis Simpson. (The story depicted in The King's Speech). King George VI remained King during the Second World War and died not long after due to lung cancer. His wife, Queen-Consort Elizabeth (Later Elizabeth The Queen Mother) blamed Edward for her husband's death claiming being King killed him. She never forgave Edward or Wallis.

Alex Jennings as Edward, Duke of Windsor and Lia Williams as Wallis, Duchess of Windsor

Edward and Wallis with their pugs.
Edward and Wallis with their pugs.

Two of the most controversial figures in the history of the British monarchy, the series also has very little sympathy for either Edward or Wallis. Edward's marriage proposal to Wallis Simpson, an American woman with two divorces under her belt, caused a constitutional crisis causing Edward to abdicate in 1936. To top it all off the pair were exiled during the Second World War due to the fact that they were Nazi sympathizers.

Jeremy Northam as Anthony Eden

Anthony Eden and Queen Elizabeth
Anthony Eden and Queen Elizabeth

Anthony Eden served as Winston Churchill's deputy for almost 15 years before succeeding him as Prime Minister in 1955. He presided over the Suez Crisis which caused a lot of political blow back as it signalled the end of British Predominance in the Middle East. He's generally ranked as one of the least successful Prime Minister's in British History.

Ben Miles as Group Captain Peter Townsend

Peter Townsend and Princess Margaret
Peter Townsend and Princess Margaret

Despite divorcing from his wife and proposing to Princess Margaret, Peter Townsend was never able to marry the woman he loved. The government attempted to force and end to their relationship by posting him to Brussels. He later met a Belgian woman, Marie-Luce Jamagne, who he married in 1959. It's been claimed that Jamagne bore a striking resemblance to Princess Margaret.

John Lithgow as Winston Churchill

Prime Minister Winston Churchill
Prime Minister Winston Churchill

One of the most well known politicians in British history Winston Churchill served as Prime Minister under both King George VI and his daughter. Hailed as a war hero Churchill took heed against the Nazis early on opposing appeasement and later leading his country to victory against Germany after the resignation of Neville Chamberlain. Churchill however believed that as a war hero he could do, or say anything he liked, and began to but heads against other Members of Parliament. He died in 1964 and was granted a state funeral by Queen Elizabeth II.

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