Commoners around the world may never have gotten to know the real Queen Elizabeth II during her 70-year reign before her death on Thursday.

But the Emmy-winning Netflix hit “The Crown” gave us a glimpse of the monarch who’s been portrayed on the show by Claire Foy, Olivia Colman and now Imelda Staunton. Still, the show used a healthy dose of creative license to take us behind the walls of Buckingham Palace and through the history of the late Queen’s reign.

In fact, series creator Peter Morgan admitted that he “made up” scenes, while a Palace source accused the show of “trolling on a Hollywood budget”.

Still, “The Crown” – which will return in November with its fifth season – had enough respect for the Queen to have a plan in place in the event of her death: the series halted production for at least a week while filming the season 6. , to be released in 2023.

Until the royal family is back in all their streaming glory on “The Crown,” we’re breaking down what was fact versus fiction in reference to Queen Elizabeth II’s most memorable moments.

Yes, the queen talked her cousin out of a coup

During the third season of ‘The Crown’, Lord Mountbatten – the Queen’s second cousin once removed, who was also the maternal uncle of Prince Philip affectionately known as ‘Uncle Dickie’ – was approached by a group plotting to depose Prime Minister Harold Wilson. Although the show stretched the truth for dramatic effect, the intense intervention the Queen staged with Mountbatten may very well have happened. “It was not [Baron] Solly Zuckerman who dissuaded Mountbatten from staging a coup and making himself president of Britain,” said historian Alex von Tunzelmann in “Indian Summer: The Secret History of the End of an Empire,” quoting a Buckingham Palace source, who reportedly said, “It was the Queen herself.”

When the Queen’s second cousin, Lord Mountbatten (Charles Dance), attempted to remove Prime Minister Harold Wilson from office, the show depicts a dramatic intervention involving the Queen.


The Queen actually stepped in to dissuade her

The Queen actually intervened to dissuade her “Uncle Dickie” from carrying out his plan.


No, the Queen did not disguise Winston Churchill

Season two of ‘The Crown’ depicts a young queen who berated Prime Minister Churchill – as well as Lord Salisbury – for conspiring to cover up the leader’s diminished abilities after he suffered a stroke in the summer of 1953. But when Churchill’s private secretary, ‘Jock’ Colville, published his memoirs in 1985, it was revealed that the Queen was not so cruel. In fact, she allegedly wrote him a letter expressing concern for the Prime Minister’s health .

Did Her Majesty (Claire Foy) have a falling out with Winston Churchill (John Lithgow) after finding out the Prime Minister was hiding a stroke?

Did Her Majesty (Claire Foy) have a falling out with Winston Churchill (John Lithgow) after finding out the Prime Minister was hiding a stroke?


In real life, the queen would have been more worried than angry.

In real life, the queen would have been more worried than angry.


Yes, an intruder really surprised the queen in bed

In a complete breakdown of Her Majesty’s security details, a Briton named Michael Fagan entered Queen Elizabeth’s Buckingham Palace bedroom in 1982. “I was scarier than I had ever been in my life,” Fagan said. in a 2012 interview with the Independent. “Then she speaks, and it’s like the most beautiful glass you could imagine breaking: ‘Wawrt are you doing here?! “She walked past me and ran out of the room, her little bare feet running across the floor.”

Did a man named Michael Fagan (Tom Brooke) really jump into bed with the Queen (Olivia Colman)?

Did a man named Michael Fagan (Tom Brooke) really jump into bed with the Queen (Olivia Colman)?


Absolutely yes, but on the show the Queen hangs around chatting, while in real life Fagan said Her Majesty left the room as quickly as she could.

Fagan entered the queen’s bedroom, but the details were still hazy. On the show, the Queen hangs around chatting, while in real life Fagan said Her Majesty left the room as quickly as she could.


No, the Queen did not confront Philip about his alleged infidelities

While there was abundant rumors, there is no evidence that the monarch’s beloved Prince Philip – who preceded the Queen in death in April 2021 – ever cheated on his wife, let alone called him out on it. But their marriage wasn’t perfect either, as season 1 of “The Crown” accurately portrays. During their royal tour of the Commonwealth in 1954, cameras caught the normally composed couple in the middle of a big fight outside their Australian cottage. ‘I’m sorry for this little interlude but, as you know, it happens in every marriage,’ the Queen reportedly said, as royal press secretary Richard Colville picked up the offending footage from the team. filming before they could ever be seen. .

Television Elizabeth (Claire Foy) and Philip (Matt Smith) have done a lot more talking about sensitive topics than is supposed to happen in real life.

Television Elizabeth (Claire Foy) and Philip (Matt Smith) have done a lot more talking about sensitive topics than is supposed to happen in real life.


Philip's infidelity was never brought up, supposedly – ​​and in fact, it's not even proven to have ever happened.

Philip’s infidelity was never brought up, supposedly – ​​and in fact, it’s not even proven to have ever happened.


Yes, the Queen had secret cousins ​​in a mental institution

In Season 4 of ‘The Crown’, the Queen and Princess Margaret are revealed to have secret cousins ​​hidden in mental institutions. At a time when disabled children shamed families, the young girls, who could not speak, were admitted to the Royal Earlswood Asylum for Mental Defectives in Surrey in 1941 by their parents – the Queen Mother’s older brother and his wife . And to keep everything top secret, the two first cousins ​​- Nerissa Bowes-Lyon and Katherine Bowes-Lyon – were listed as dead in a guidebook to the British aristocracy, even though they were still very much alive. But the queen never commented on the revelation.

Did Princess Margaret really find out that her two supposedly dead cousins ​​(played by Pauline Hendrickson and Trudie Emery) were actually alive and living in an institution?

Did Princess Margaret really find out that her two supposedly dead cousins ​​(played by Pauline Hendrickson and Trudie Emery) were actually alive and living in an institution?


Katherine and Nerissa Bowes-Lyon were indeed very lively;  it is said that the couple were not the only institutionalized relatives to be officially recorded as deceased.

Katherine and Nerissa Bowes-Lyon were indeed very lively; it is said that the couple were not the only institutionalized relatives to be officially recorded as deceased.


Yes, Jackie Kennedy really hurt the Queen

Oh no, she didn’t! That’s what viewers must have thought when Jackie Kennedy talked about the Queen in season 2 of “The Crown.” The outrageous sweeps took place during a dinner at Buckingham Palace with the Queen and Prince Philip welcoming President Kennedy and the First Lady. In the episode, Her Majesty takes tea over dinner which Kennedy rejected her, calling her “so incurious, unintelligent and unremarkable middle-aged woman that Britain’s new small place in the world does not was not a surprise but a fatality”. But while the Kennedy dish was true, the Queen probably wouldn’t have found out until long after that dinner had been digested.

Did Jackie Kennedy (Jodi Balfour) offend the Queen (Claire Foy) with her comments following the first couple's royal visit?

Did Jackie Kennedy (Jodi Balfour) offend the Queen (Claire Foy) with her comments following the First Couple’s royal visit?


Although Ms Kennedy was not exactly upset by her time at Buckingham Palace, the Queen would not have heard of her reaction until many years later.

Although Ms Kennedy was not exactly upset by her time at Buckingham Palace, the Queen would not have heard of her reaction until many years later.


Yes, the Queen publicly berated Margaret Thatcher over apartheid

Season 4 of ‘The Crown’ showed there was no love lost between the Queen and Prime Minister Thatcher. And their ideological differences came to a head when Britain was the only Commonwealth nation not to impose economic sanctions on South Africa in opposition to apartheid. The Queen was so against Thatcher’s general stance of not imposing economic sanctions that she considered canceling one of their weekly meetings. And then an article appeared in The Sunday Times in which an anonymous Palace source said the Queen was “appalled” by the Iron Lady’s lack of compassion for people.

According to 'The Crown', Margaret Thatcher (Gillian Anderson) and Her Majesty had the most icy relationship.

According to “The Crown”, Margaret Thatcher (Gillian Anderson) and Her Majesty had the most frosty kind of relationship.


The Queen has spoken publicly on more than one occasion, and the two reportedly had a complicated relationship.

The Queen has actually spoken out publicly on the matter on more than one occasion, and the two reportedly had a complicated relationship.


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