Six historical facts The Crown got seriously wrong – Illness, war and timelines

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The Crown is popular with viewers across the globe, winning over 120 different awards for its sizzling scenes and dramatic dialogue.

Netflix' s biographical drama aims to retell the life of Queen Elizabeth II and it looks back at some of the most controversial moments in the history of the firm.

However, the show doesn't necessarily get all the history entirely accurate with some critics, such as Royal Biographer Angela Levin branding the programme as "fiction".

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The Daily Star is looking back at several moments which weren’t necessarily factually correct.

The Queen’s Wedding

Claire Foy portrays Her Majesty, The Queen in series 1 and 2 of the hit Netflix drama and she was instantly a hit with viewers.

The premiere episode of the hit drama portrays the Wedding between Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip.

Within the episode, then-Princess Elizabeth appears nervous on her big day as she hesitated and slightly stumble over her vows.

However according to a letter from her father, King George VI, this could not be further from the truth.

His Majesty wrote: “You were so calm and composed during the service, and said your words with such conviction.”

Winston Churchill

Winton Churchill was re-elected Prime Minister in October of 1951.

However After her father sadly passed away in 1952, Queen Elizabeth II ascended to The Throne, which made Winston Churchill her first Prime Minister.

The TV drama, depicts their relationship as quite distant if not frosty at points, particularly after the Great Smog in 1952.

Even with The Smog, the political upheaval that was caused was widely exaggerated and there is no evidence The Queen had any displeasure with Sir Winton’s handling.

According to reports however, the relationship was mostly warm and friendly and Churchill was not the mostly stern figure as portrayed by John Lithgow.

Her Majesty was even previously quoted, years after, as saying Winston was her favourite Prime Minister to work with because “because it was always such fun”.

The King’s Lung Cancer

The opening scene of the drama series is set in 1947 and it shows King George VI, played by Jared Harris, coughing up blood into a toilet stool.

In 1948 The King suffered with leg pain where physicians diagnosed a circulatory blockage and performed surgery for that condition.

His Majesty was not diagnosed with cancer of the lungs until a year before his death in 1951.

The Royal quadrangle

Series three depicts the meeting of Prince Charles and Camilla Shand, as well as the relationship between her future first husband Andrew Parker-Bowles and Princess Anne.

However, the timings of these respective relationships in the TV series are not accurate with what happened in reality.

Princess Anne and Andrew Parker Bowles started their relationship in 1970, but rather than wanting to make Camilla jealous because of a flourishing relationship with the Prince Of Wales as the series depicts, Charles and Camilla didn't even meet until two years later in 1972.

In 1972 when Charles and Camilla did meet, Princess Anne was already in her courtship with future husband Mark Phillips.

The Palace Break In

Episode five of the fourth series of the biographical show depicts the time when Michael Fagan famously broke into Buckingham Palace in the summer of 1982.

On his second visit to the London landmark, he gained access to The Queen’s apartment in the Palace and sat in her bedroom.

He was subsequently arrested and the intruder spent nearly three months in a psychiatric hospital.

However the programme shows the reason the intruder broke in was to express his anger with the government and Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher directly to The Queen.

However this was not the case, as in reality he broke in on a whim, saying: "something just got into [his] head".

The Falklands War

Mark Thatcher disappeared for six days at the beginning of 1982 whilst competing in the Paris Dakar Rally.

In The Crown, this disappearance weighs heavily on The Prime Minister, just as the Falklands conflict is beginning, even implying the unfortunate incident had an impact on the decision to go to war by the Prime Minister.

However timings wise, this is not entirely accurate as the conflict did not begin until almost three months after Mark returned safely to the United Kingdom, rather than the very same time as the series implies.


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